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Writing Mini Lesson #9- The Writing Process

What is the writing process? The writing process is a way to promote successful writers.... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #8- Table of Contents and Progress Grade for Notebooks

Are you looking for ideas for a table of contents for interactive writing notebooks?  These... Read More

Secret Garden Unit Revised!

I am so stinking excited to teach Secret Garden this year.  I took my old... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #6- Relevant Details

Do you need ideas for teaching students about RELEVANT DETAILS? This writing mini-lesson will provide... Read More


If you are looking for ideas to teach PARAGRAPH WRITING, you are in the right... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #4- Run-On Sentences

Are your students writing run-on sentences? This lesson will focus on how to correct them.... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #3- Fragments

Are your students writing in fragments? Often times students will write an incomplete sentence and... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #2- Complete Sentences

This lesson will focus on writing COMPLETE SENTENCES using subjects and predicates. Writing in complete... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson 1- Brainstorming for Interactive Notebooks

Are you looking for ideas to help your students become successful writers? This post begins... Read More

Teaching Techniques for Writing

Techniques for Teaching Writing In order to have an effective writing program, it is important... Read More

Hall Display to Last through the Year!

Every morning, before your students walk into your classroom, they pass through the hallways of... Read More

10 Best Organizing Tips for the Classroom

Although I’ve been teaching for a bajillion years, I still find that the littlest organizing... Read More

Second Grade Interactive Notebook

This STEP-BY-STEP INTERACTIVE WRITING NOTEBOOK is a complete Step-By-Step WRITER’S WORKSHOP program with engaging lessons,... Read More

DIY- Classroom Curtains

DIY- Super Easy Classroom Curtains-  I am not kidding when I tell you it took... Read More

Get Ready for an Amazing Year of Writing!

Prepare Your Classroom 1.  Writing Process with clothespins 2.  Million Dollar Word Bulletin Board-  I... Read More

10 Steps to Prepare for Writing Workshop

Are you ready for writing this year?  This post will take you through ten steps... Read More

Notice, Think, and Wonder!

Are you looking for a great way to encourage a critical thinking conversation? This activity... Read More

Keeping a Memory Book of Students

So much has happened since my last day of school a week ago!  Where do... Read More