Morning meeting is an engaging way to start each day and an easy way to build a strong classroom community. Teachers and students sit in a circle for an organized start-of-day activity. A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and an … [Read more...] about Why is Morning Meeting Magical?
How to Catch a Leprechaun A clever book for St. Patrick's Day I am hooked on the "How to Catch a..." books by Adam Wallace. They are extremely clever and kids love studying the details of the illustrations. In "How to Catch a Leprechaun" the witty and mysterious leprechaun … [Read more...] about How to Catch a Leprechaun Interactive Read-Aloud
Marvelous March Read-alouds for First and Second Graders We chose 7 Marvelous books for our March read-alouds. We picked 'The Luckiest Leprechaun' by Justine Korman because it is an old favorite of ours. We chose to do a compare and contrast with 'The Three Little Aliens' by … [Read more...] about 7 Interactive Read-Alouds for March
Discussing Kids' Cell Phone use to improve on-demand writing skills It seems that younger and younger children are walking around with their own cell phones these days. You have probably seen plenty of students bring their devices to school and maybe even right into your … [Read more...] about Cell Phones- Paired Texts to Improve Students’ Writing
Trendy Tricks that Help Students Produce Higher Quality Writing After 15 years in the classroom, I have found that using relevant or trendy topics as a springboard for writing really helps to motivate my students, especially my most reluctant writers. Here is the basic formula … [Read more...] about Encourage Quality Writing From Students Using Relevant Topics
Discussion Strategies that Increase Student Engagement Expressive and receptive language skills are arguably some of the most important skills that students will need in the real world. Every relationship and job requires strong communication skills involving speaking and … [Read more...] about Discussion Strategies and Accountable Talk in the Classroom
5 Upper-grade read-aloud stories with a focus on building character in the classroom! Our first bundle of upper grade read aloud lesson plans strategically align with book titles to help students build character while also focusing on ELA standards. We've selected five … [Read more...] about 5 Interactive Read-Alouds for Building Character
Do you teach morning meeting in your classroom? A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and activity. It's a time set aside to have conversations with the class that you otherwise wouldn't have time for. It also allows for a time in the … [Read more...] about Student Led Morning Meeting
Impress your principal, parents, and even yourself as students engage in both fun and learning right up until the last bell rings before Winter Break with the 5 Day Classroom Countdown! All teachers know the last week before the winter break is difficult to fill. Students are … [Read more...] about 5 Day Classroom Countdown to Winter Break!
We've created a fresh, new (and educational!) way for students to learn about Thanksgiving! With these interactive lessons, students will engage in fun, hands-on activities that make the history of Thanksgiving come alive! 1st-3rd grade students will discover the history of … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving: Self-Directed Stations & Mini Lessons