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

APRIL WRITING PROMPTS

  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

7 DIY WRITING ACTIVITIES FOR MARCH

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

THE BEST WAY TO SET UP INTERACTIVE WRITING 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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Monthly/Seasonal, Reading

October Books for Upper Elementary

Are you looking for great literature to introduce to your students in the month of October?  You will find some of my favorites for upper elementary students.  Read on for a summary and why they are my favorites!  Happy Haunted Reading!  CLICK ON EACH BOOK PICTURE TO FIND IT ON AMAZON! 1.  Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe. A chapter book:  4.2 reading level Harold, the narrator of the story, is hysterical! He is just like my dog, Romeo, who…

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Projects, Social Studies

Native American Crafts, Activities and Games for Kids

If you are looking for Native American crafts, activities, and games for children, you hit the jackpot! Being that a Native American Unit is my favorite topic to teach, I’ve collected ideas I found not only useful, but motivating for kids of all ages. I hope you find something exciting to use with your child or class during a Native American study! Scroll down for all my favorite Native American tunes, games, activities, crafts and projects! Fun fun fun!  This…

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Reading

7 Ways to Teach Cause and Effect

Are you looking for ways to teach cause and effect? I love to think outside the box and find ways to teach reading skills in a variety of ways to meet the needs of all learners. I hope you find some ways that are helpful to your students! First, offer an anchor chart. Tell students that cause and effect is found in both fiction and nonfiction material. In fiction, the cause-effect relationship is often found in characters. For example, Maddie…

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