Character Education, Monthly/Seasonal

17 Ways Kids Can Be Thankful

The holiday season is a time people reflect on gratitude and giving. November especially is the month that many teachers introduce the character trait of thankfulness for their character education curriculum. Do you need ideas to help your students brainstorm ways to be thankful? You are in the right place! This post provides 17 ways to be thankful.     Sometimes children don’t realize that they can be grateful for the simple things in life. Being thankful for concrete items…

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Reading, STEM Education, Writing

Why Language Arts is Integral to STEM

Every generation has its own idea about how to educate children and prepare them for the future. The newest trend in educational theory is something called STEM. STEM is a response to the changing needs of the workforce regarding technology. An entire reorganization of the way that children are instructed, it integrates learning with real-life scenarios, hands-on engagement, and emphasis on giving children the skills they needs to compete on a global workforce stage.     STEM stands for science,…

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Writing

Writing Mini Lesson #38 on Final Copies

Are your students ready to write a final copy? It is the step following peer reflections in the writing process. This writing mini lesson is part of a series of lessons designed for instructional scaffolding in writer’s workshop. Read on for ideas for the last step in the writing process!     What do students need for their final copy? For handwritten papers, students will need: a rough draft a sharpened pencil a final copy template an eraser For typed…

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Writing

Writing Mini Lesson #37 on Peer Reflections

Do your students particpate in peer reflections? Peer reflection is a step in writing process after revising and editing a rough draft and before the final copy. It is one more way to give writers encouragement and advice to better their stories. This writing mini lesson is part of a series of lessons designed for instructional scaffolding in writer’s workshop. Read on for ideas to implement in your classroom.     What is peer reflection? Peer reflection is when a student…

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Writing

Writing Mini Lesson #36 on Spelling

Are you looking for teaching ideas for proofreading spelling? Students should edit their rough drafts using CUPS (Capitalization, Usage, Punctuation, Spelling) and this lesson focuses on the S for spelling. It is part of a writing mini lesson series for writing workshop and works well with any writing curriculum. Read on for spelling rules and proofreading tips.   Editing is an important step in the writing process and correct spelling is a part of this step. Find ways to teach…

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Interactive Notebooks, Writing

Writing Mini Lesson #35 on Punctuation

Are you looking for ideas to teach PUNCTUATION to your students?  This post will review basic punctuation rules needed for an upper elementary curriculum, provide ideas for teaching them, and symbols when proofreading. The writing mini lesson is part of a series of lessons designed for instructional scaffolding in writer’s workshop. It is part of the CUPS (Capitalization, Usage, Punctuation, Spelling) for editing acronym where P stands for Punctuation.     Below you will find ideas for teaching PUNCTUATION to…

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Writing

Writing Mini Lesson #33 on Capitalization

Do your students need help learning rules for capitalization and symbols for proofreading in their writing? This post will review basic capitalization rules needed for an upper elementary curriculum, provide ideas for teaching them, and symbols when proofreading. The writing mini lesson is part of a series of lessons designed for instructional scaffolding in writer’s workshop. It is part of the CUPS (Capitalization, Usage, Punctuation, Spelling) for editing acronym where C stands for Capitalization. Read on for ideas!    …

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Character Education, Classroom Management, Monthly/Seasonal

An 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 build good character in your classroom and provide you…

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Interactive Notebooks, Reading

A STEP-BY-STEP APPROACH TO TEACHING MYTHOLOGICAL ALLUSIONS

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…

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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.  Inference 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…

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