Character Education, Classroom Management, Monthly/Seasonal

Any Easy Way to Build Good Character in the Classroom

Building good character in the classroom is essential in today’s society.  Many parents are teaching their children how to be good citizens, but educators have to step in for those students who don’t have the parental support. Bringing character education into your classroom will also give the children a sense of community.  How do you fit character education into your already packed schedule?  I will show you an easy way to incorporate good character in your classroom and provide you…

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Interactive Notebooks, Reading


Do your standards cover mythological allusions?  If so, this is the right place for you!  I will show you an effective step-by-step approach that will help your student(s) understand or have a better understanding of mythological allusions!   If you follow the Common Core Standards, you know that CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 states: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in Mythology (e.g., Herculean).  Use these steps and…

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Critical Thinking, Interactive Notebooks, Reading

How to Teach Inference

With the Common Core Standards in place, students are being asked more and more to use critical thinking skills to analyze literary and informational text.  Inferring is a prime example of a critical thinking skill used in classrooms today.  Students are asked to read text and analyze it by thinking deeper—way beyond the visual text. This post will provide ideas to help your students learn how to infer.  First, understand that it is not a one-day lesson.  I’m going to…

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Monthly/Seasonal, Writing

May Writing Prompts

Are you looking for oodles of writing prompts for the month of May?  You came to the right place!  This extensive list of prompts are divided into categories to help you in your search.  They include Narrative, Opinion, Informative, Descriptive, Persuasive, and How-To.  If the writing prompt is highlighted, there is a link to a resource with that particular writing prompt.  I hope you find some motivating prompts to use with your students!  Happy writing to you! Narrative: Write a…

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Critical Thinking, Reading, Writing

Strategies to Teach Text-Dependent Analysis (TDA)

Many states have adopted a TDA (Text Dependent Analysis) style assessment for the writing component of their state test.  This type of writing style requires students to read a text or passage and use actual text to support their answers, citing specific evidence directly from the text.  Text-dependent analysis writing instructs students to provide specific evidence from the passages they read, while demonstrating the ability to interpret the meaning behind the evidence they provide.  How do you teach this kind…

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Monthly/Seasonal, Poetry, Writing


  Are you looking for some writing prompts that are related to an April theme?  You’ve come to the right place!   Narrative: Imagine you are attending opening day of your favorite baseball team. Describe your experience at the field.    On April 20, 1933, Amelia Earhart took First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt on a flight. Write a narrative from the point of view of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. How did she feel on her first flight? What did she talk…

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Monthly/Seasonal, Poetry, Writing


Dear Teachers, although the following writing activities are resources in my store, I welcome you to use the ideas in your classroom by DIY without a purchase.  Read on for links to FREE MARCH WRITING ACTIVITIES! 1. The Day I found a Four-Leaf Clover Write a narrative story about finding a four-leaf clover.   Where were you?  What did you do with it?  Cut out four-leaf clovers to decorate or even take them outside to look for them! 2. March Madness Persuasive…

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Classroom Management, Reading

An Easy Reading Response System for Accountability

Reading Response skills and strategies are important for students to have a better understanding of their reading.  Whether you are reading a chapter book together, assigning book groups, or allowing for independent reading for your students, responding to the text is crucial to a deeper comprehension of the text.  Students should not only respond to fiction, but also to nonfiction text. So what is an effective way for reading response AND keep your students accountable for their reading?  Reading Response…

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Monthly/Seasonal, Poetry, Reading, Writing

10 Thanksgiving Literacy Centers Including Critical Thinking!

Do you want Thanksgiving literacy ideas that would be great for centers in the upper elementary classroom?  Several of these centers also go beyond the regular curriculum and delve into deeper thinking strategies and there is a free critical thinking activity included for you to use today! Although the examples are used from a resource in my store, you can duplicate the following activities and ideas to create your own in your classroom! 1.  Thanksgiving ABC Order- Provide students with 10-20…

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Interactive Notebooks


I’ve used writing notebooks for several years and have made changes along the way to find the best possible way to use them. This post will show how to set up your notebook!  There is a video link at the bottom too! (You will find some Amazon affiliate links on this page. The small commission I make goes back into my blog so I can provide teachers with ideas and activities for their classrooms!) A. Decorate the Outside Cover Use…

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