Month by Month Word Study

month by month word study

I used to dread teaching prefixes, suffixes, and roots more than anything else.  Finding resources were few and far between and were usually worksheet based.  The resources that were available that went beyond the worksheet, needed so much prep.  This is where the Month by Month Word Study from Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots comes into play!  Are [Read On]

Charting Student Fluency

Fluency anchor chart

For the fourth week in a row, my students can’t wait to see how many words a minute they can read!  That is exciting news my friends! I have five students for RTI, and as you can see fluency is one of their goals.  We practice fluency throughout the week, and Friday is our test [Read On]

Holding Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

I am excited to share with you my very first post over at Upper Elementary Snapshots!  You will find tips for scheduling, preparing, and participating in successful parent teacher conferences.  You will find a free printable too! Hope to see you there!

October Teaching Resources

Halloween

How in the world can it be the 7th day of October?  Crazy, I say!   Before we know it, Halloween will be here!  Yikes! After seeing this, I’m thinking Halloween may not be so bad this year.  Pay close attention to the phrase “not so bad”. Below you will find a collection for free [Read On]

Teaching Character Traits

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Last week I introduced character traits to my students.  We are reading Freckle Juice by Judy Blume.  Determining character traits to describe Andrew, is pretty easy.  My students are really getting into coming up with traits and then proving those traits with text based evidence. This is the anchor chart that is displayed for students [Read On]

Kick off With a Giveaway

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It’s been in the works, we’ve been working diligently to make it just right.  It’s big, it’s amazing, and it’s for all you upper elementary teachers!  Now it’s time for the big reveal and a bit more!   I am so excited to be a part of Upper Elementary Snapshots, this new collaborative blog!  We [Read On]

A Sneak Peek

Sneak Peek

Do you have a spare bulletin board, cabinet, or wall in your classroom that needs filling?  I did, and the empty space was about to drive me nuts!  This is where the “Sneak Peek” comes in.  I needed a filler and came up with one that serves a great purpose. I teach two 4th grade [Read On]

Heads Together ~ A Cooperative Learning Strategy

Heads Together

Do you have hogs and logs in your classroom?  I know I have had many of them over the years.  Heads Together is a cooperative learning strategy that prevents those hogs from stealing the show and the logs from doing nothing. What’s Just Happened? The hog likes to talk, so they are getting an opportunity to [Read On]

Grandparents Day Paper Bag Book

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Are you ready for this?!?  Grandparents Day is right around the corner and I have a fun creative keepsake for students to make!  My daughter was the guinea pig for this activity, and she was more than excited to help!  Without further ado, I introduce you to the Grandparent’s Day Paper Bag Book! I purchased [Read On]

Tools for Close Reading

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Looking for a versatile tool for close reading?  Try a page protector.  Keep reading because it’s more than you think! Using a page protector for a printable page is pretty easy to figure out.  Give students a printable passage, place in a page protector, and you have an instant reusable surface for students to use [Read On]

Nails, Book Baskets, Drawers, Burlap, & Love

Five For Friday collage

This week I have decided to like up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five For Friday to add a little mix. Randomness #1 Last night I put on my very first set of Jamberry nails!  Wow, is all I can say.  I wasn’t quite sure what all the hype was about, but now I completely get it. [Read On]

10 Back to School Ice Breakers

back to school ice breakers

  It is crazy to think that back to school is even in my vocabulary right now!  Where has the time gone? I spend the majority of the first 2-3 days engaging my students in class building and team building activities.  I believe these first few days set the stage for the entire year.   Compiled [Read On]

Organizing Team Supplies

Plastic Mason Jars

Over the years, how I organize team supplies within my classroom has evolved.  All ways are functional and serve the purpose, keeping team supplies organized and available to students at all times. Plastic Mason Jars As of today,this is my favorite!  Currently you can find these cute plastic mason jars at Wal-Mart.  The only downfall [Read On]

Editable PowerPoint Tutorial & Free Binder Covers

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Editable PowerPoints have been very popular and continue to be within the digital teaching resource market.  The ability to customize a resource such as a class list is very appealing.  I know that it is for me, because the OCD in me wants everything to look all special. Customizing a resource can be tedious, but [Read On]

All-in-One Teacher Planner

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I am excited to introduce the NEW All-in-One Teacher Planner!  Everything that you need to stay organized for the entire year is included and in 3 different designs! The All-in-One Teacher Planner contains lesson planning templates, calendars, classroom forms, and K-5 Common Core checklists for both Math and ELA . All lesson planning templates, calendars, [Read On]

Summertime Bingo

Summertime Bingo

Schools…out….for…summer, well almost.  We are officially down to 1-1/2 days!  Woohoo!  I am ready for the break, and as equally ready for a new start come August! To celebrate the coming of summer, I created a Summertime Bingo.  It has been added to the free printable collection, even better. To add a little extra “fun” [Read On]

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