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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

Notice, Think, and Wonder!

Are you looking for a great way to encourage a critical thinking conversation? This activity works well on the smart board for class discussion or printed off for group discussion.... Read More

Keeping a Memory Book of Students

So much has happened since my last day of school a week ago!  Where do I even start?  You would think I would have all the time in the world... Read More

10 Simple Steps to Making Chocolate Bars

Who loves chocolate?  Me me me me me me!!!!!! Did I say me?  Believe it or not but I am sitting in the dentist office with my daughter and what... Read More

Effective Way to Teach Students How to Give Book Report Presentations!

Do you have trouble keeping students’ attention during book report presentations?  Are your students ever so excited to present that it takes every ounce of energy from YOU to keep... Read More

Headbandz Social Studies Review

We had so much fun today!  We all needed to get up and moving around, so why not get the students engaged? Studying and reviewing can get very boring. I... Read More

Examples of Going West Journals

Not only are the covers of these journals creative, but my students’ writing blew me away!  They really jumped into the 1840’s and wrote with incredible feelings.  I actually found... Read More

Valentine’s Day Sweet Parts of Speech

Here is a cute way to have your students practice parts of speech around Valentine’s Day!  There are 68 words to sort into nouns, pronouns, verbs, and adjectives.  One of... Read More

The Best Ways to Teach Revising and Editing

Click HERE for an updated post! Related Post Writing Mini Lesson #26- Revising a Narrative Essa... Writing Mini Lesson #37 on Peer Reflections Writing Mini Lesson #29- Variety of Sentences... Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Activity

Since we were gone for two weeks and it is a new year, I wanted to put up a new bulletin board.  I thought I would put up a Martin... Read More

More Writing Lessons for Narrative Writing

Click HERE for an updated Prewriting blog post! Related Post Effective Way to Teach Students How to Give Book R... Writing Mini Lesson #32- CUPS to Edit Mini Lesson #12-... Read More

Guest Post with Rachel Lynette

I am so excited to see my post on Rachel Lynette’s site! Go to Rachel’s website:  Minds In Bloom to learn more about high-level thinking activities and freebies!!!!!! Related Post 7... Read More

Topic Sentences and Relevant Details

Click here for an updated post on TOPIC SENTENCES! Click here for an updated post on RELEVANT DETAILS! Related Post Writing Mini Lesson #4- Run-On Sentences Martin Luther King Jr.... Read More

Fragments and Run-ons for Interactive Notebooks

Click here for an updated post on FRAGMENTS! Click here for an updated post on RUN-ONS! Related Post Writing Mini Lesson #6- Relevant Details Get Ready for an Amazing Year... Read More

Archaeology Dig- Fun!!!

Before I tell you about this motivating project, I have to tell you about the amazing woman who planned this activity for our fourth graders.  Yes, our one and only... Read More

Writing Process Using Narrative Writing

Click here for an updated post: WRITING PROCESS! Related Post Writing Mini Lesson #20- Dialogue in a Narrative E... Writing Mini Lesson #33 on Capitalization How to Improve Student Writing... Read More

Interactive Notebook for 3rd Grade

This STEP-BY-STEP WRITING® PROGRAM IS A COMPLETE WRITER’S WORKSHOP PROGRAM with engaging lessons (scripted), anchor charts, modeling, mentor text, interactive notebook pages, practice and all the tools necessary to teach and... Read More

Ideas for Writing

Click HERE for an updated post! Related Post Writing Mini Lesson #23- Revising a Narrative Essa... How to Get Your Students Writing! Writing Mini Lesson #15- Plot 12 February Ideas... Read More

Paragraph Writing

Click here for an updated post on PARAGRAPH WRITING! Related Post 10 Steps to Prepare for Writing Workshop Writing Mini Lesson #19- Developing Characters in ... Effective Way to Teach... Read More

Graphic Organizer

Click here for an updated post on GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS! Related Post Writing Mini Lesson #33 on Capitalization Writing Mini Lesson #40- Narrative Writing Homewor... Martin Luther King Jr. Activity Fragments... Read More