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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... Read More

How to Organize Your Classroom Library

Are you looking for a classroom library system that works?  It can be so tough to keep everything organized in your classroom, especially the library area. To help give you... Read More

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 your own time capsules.  These are so much... Read More

10 Ideas to Teach Deeper Meaning in the Content Areas

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to teach deeper meaning in content areas, then you’re in the right place! Most of the examples that are used below are... Read More

Civil War Timeline

Are you teaching the Civil War? This Civil War timeline is in chronological order that summarizes 33 events that will help you organize your lessons! Events Leading Up to War... Read More

How to Know Your Students Are Reading Each Night

How do you know if the students are actually reading each night?  For years, I simply had students record their minutes and hope they or their parents were being truthful.... Read More

How to Teach Text Evidence

Are your students having trouble finding answers and citing evidence in their reading? This STEP-BY-STEP process scaffolds through reading strategies to help your students be successful! Students will learn the acronyms... Read More

12 February Ideas for Literacy Centers

Do you want cute ideas for February to use in your literacy centers?  Although I have all of these items in my store, I am going to explain how to... Read More

How My Students Passed the Writing Test

Are your students struggling in writing?  This easy and painless way of teaching writing will have you doing the happy dance.  It is a teacher-friendly program with a step-by-step design... Read More

8 Writing Ideas for January

Students will be coming back from Christmas break and you want to be ready for them! This blog post will give you eight writing ideas to teach throughout the month... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #34- Usage

Are you looking for ways to help your students with USAGE in their sentence writing? This post was designed to give you ideas when teaching a lesson  When using the... Read More

Christmas Around the World Web Quest

Teachers and Parents: Please check each of the websites prior to using them with students. Over time, websites may change, have a broken link, or contain advertisements inappropriate for children.... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #32- CUPS to Edit

If you are looking for ideas in the editing step of the writing process, you are in the right place! This post will provide ways to teach and break down... Read More

12 Teaching Ideas for the Holidays

It is a crazy time of the year.  Kids are excited and so are you!  Christmas is such a wonderful time so embrace it with activities surrounding the season.  Choose... Read More

Bunnicula Review and Teaching Ideas

What is not to love this time of year?  Cool weather, colorful leaves, and the excitement of Halloween!  My favorite story for October is Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe.... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #31- Crafting a Title

Now that your students have finished writing a rough draft and made revisions to their narrative writing, it is time to craft an amazing title for the story! This post... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #30- Jammin Conclusion of a Narrative Essay

Do you need help teaching your students how to revise the end of a narrative story? This post will give you ideas for a jammin’ conclusion! It is part of... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #29- Variety of Sentences

Do your students use a monotonous tone in their writing? “He did…. He has…. He then did….” Blah blah blah. Variety of Sentences is another important writing mini lesson for... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #28- Million Dollar Words- WORD CHOICE

Do your students struggle using strong word choice in their writing? This post is geared towards the upper elementary or middle school curriculum and uses the term MILLION DOLLAR WORDS... Read More

Back to School Tips, Freebies and Giveaways- Over $400!

***THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!*** Can I get a woo woo?  Upper Elementary Snapshots is on fire!  We have come together for a HUGE giveaway just in time for Back to... Read More