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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Writing

How to Get Your Students Writing!

Do you want your students writing more? These three ways will get your students writing! Place a daily prompt on your white board using a projector or smart board. Students should use writing journals to write to the prompt. Supply engaging prompts with a variety of types of writing. This PAPERLESS strategy will free up your time to do administrative duties required when students first arrive in the classroom. For an effective way to begin the day with the students,…

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Classroom Management, Organization

Classroom Must Haves: Things I Can’t “Picture” Myself Teaching Without

When it comes to organizing and planning a classroom, every teacher has a few items they couldn’t possibly ever go without! It might be that favorite stapler, the perfect book, or an amazing resource! I know I know. I just posted about Supplies I Can’t Live Without but I wanted to join my peeps from Upper Elementary Snapshots where we will all share our Must Have supply, book, and resource. I have so many things I can’t “Picture” myself teaching…

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Classroom Management, Organization

Classroom Supplies I Couldn't Live Without

These supplies have saved my day over and over again in my classroom.   Although I’m not in the classroom anymore, I still find myself in the supply section of Target and searching on Amazon.  I don’t think it is ever anything I will shake off!    How can you resist colorful pens?  I’m sure I can find a way to use them outside the classroom.  Take a peek at some of my faves! ***Click on each picture below to…

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Critical Thinking, Organization

How to Organize Your Classroom Library

Are you looking for a classroom library system that works? 1. First purchase labels. Any 3/4 inch dot labels will work, but the ones below are my FAVORITE! I love them because they offer 10 different colors. Click the picture for the Neon Labels if you would like the same ones. Most labels (these included) offer a blank template to customize! Abbreviate the genre, author, etc. 2. Print or make book bin labels. Ideas to label: This shows 4 different…

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Monthly/Seasonal, Projects

Back to School- End of Year Time Capsules

If you came to this site, you either purchased the time capsule activity and are looking for directions, or want ideas for you own time capsule.  Enjoy! This Time Capsule Activity is used either at the beginning of the school year or in January for a year.  A Pringles can is required for the craft, but the printed pages can be used without it.★ Fun idea:  Dig a hole in the backyard or edge of school property and bury them…

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Classroom Management

Sale on Classroom Management Materials!

Today and Tomorrow Only! Grab some Classroom Management Resources for your classroom! FILE 1: POSITIVE CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT GUIDE (9 pgs.) FILE 2: WEEKLY AWARDS Give your students awards throughout the year! Positive reinforcement will encourage positive behavior. ★ 5O AWARDS with cute graphics ★ Color or Black and White ★ Full size or Card size-4 per page FILE 3: STUDENT REWARDS Individual Student Rewards are an important part of a positive classroom management plan. ★ 27 Individual Rewards with a…

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Reading, Social Studies

10 Ideas to Teach Deeper Meaning in the Content Areas

Although most of the examples that are used below are from Social Studies sources, they can be applied to other CONTENT AREAS as well! 1.  Charts and Webs:  Charts and webs that provide a deeper-level thinking process are effective tools to use when teaching content areas.  Some examples:  Notice-Think-Wonder, K-W-L, Reasoning Web, Evidence Web. 2.  Creative Projects:  When students create projects related to the content area, they take the time to know and understand the content to use in their…

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Social Studies

Civil War Timeline

Are you teaching the Civil War? This timeline in chronological order and summary of events will help you organize your lessons! Events Leading Up to War 1828- Tariffs- Taxes were placed on imports and the south refused to pay. The north didn’t need as many imports. This was the first major split between north and south. Mid 1800’s- Industry VS Farming- In the North, farming was getting replaced by industries. In the South, they relied on farming for profit. Compromise…

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