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Christmas Around the World Web Quest and More!

Coming off of Thanksgiving break and knowing that Christmas is all around us, it is often difficult to keep my little elves motivated to learn.  I like to find interesting... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #9- The Writing Process

What is the writing process?  The writing process is a way to promote successful writers. It provides steps for students to use when writing.   Every writing program out there will... 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 ideas are ideal for any writing curriculum and are a part of a series of... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #7- CLOSING SENTENCES AND CLINCHERS

Do your students need help finishing a paragraph?  This post will not only show you how to teach CLOSING SENTENCES, it will also show you ways to help your students... Read More

Secret Garden Unit Revised!

I am so stinking excited to teach Secret Garden this year.  I took my old version of the unit activities and completely did a facelift!  You won’t even recognize it!... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #6- Relevant Details

Do you need ideas for teaching students about RELEVANT DETAILS?  This writing mini lesson will provide ideas for teaching students about writing relevant details in a paragraph including TRANSITION WORDS... Read More

HOW TO TEACH PARAGRAPH WRITING

If you are looking for ideas to teach paragraph writing, you are in the right place!  From the series of over 30 writing mini lessons for writer’s workshop, paragraph writing... 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. These ideas are ideal for any writing curriculum and are a part of a series... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #3- Fragments

Are your students writing in fragments? Often times students will write an incomplete sentence and it will cause confusion to the reader and disrupt the flow of the paragraph. These ideas... Read More

Writing Mini Lesson #2- Complete Sentences

This lesson will focus on writing COMPLETE SENTENCES using subjects and predicates. Writing in complete sentences is the first basic writing lesson every student should learn. Sentence structure is important... 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 a series 30+ writing mini lessons that has proven to help students write effectively. It... Read More

Teaching Techniques for Writing

Techniques for Teaching Writing In order to have an effective writing program, it is important to use a variety of teaching techniques. Modeled Writing Use the think-aloud strategy-  Talk aloud as... Read More

Hall Display to Last through the Year!

Boy oh boy has it been a busy beginning of the year!  Our school got ipads this year and every single second I am not teaching, I am working on... Read More

Using Notability App

Are you familiar with Notability?  If not, you need to check it out! Notability is awesome to use in the classroom.  I teach 4th grade and this is our first... 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 tip goes a long way!   I am going to mix a few of my... 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, anchor charts, modeling, mentor text, interactive notebook pages, practice and all the tools necessary to... Read More

DIY- Classroom Curtains

DIY- Super Easy Classroom Curtains-  I am not kidding when I tell you it took me 5 minutes to do this! 1.  I bought one 84″ long curtain from Target... 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 put up the FAAVS (Figurative Language, Adjectives, Adverbs, Verbs, and Sense Words)  As students use... Read More

10 Steps to Prepare for Writing Workshop

Are you ready for writing this year?  This post will take you through ten steps to prepare your classroom for writing workshop.  If your room or writing center is ready... Read More