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The Daily Five Framework in Action: How I Set Up My Work on Writing Station

I receive so many questions about how to implement the Daily 5 Framework in the classroom. (The Daily 5 Framework is a wonderful way to structure a literacy block in the classroom created by the Sisters, Joan Moser and Gail Boushay.) I’m a big fan of this approach. As I have developed it over the past seven years I have seen so much more true, differentiated learning happening in my classroom. I want you to see it in action! In…

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How I Organize My Weekly Guided Reading

What I do during guided reading

  I wanted to walk through with you how I do my second grade guided reading groups every week. In this post and video, I will show you how I write my schedule in my planer and then the different activities I do. I keep to the same schedule each week. Mondays I do a making words activity. We work on spelling, decoding and encoding, following directions, listening skills and we always follow a specific phonics rule for the week.…

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Mastering Nonfiction Text Features in 5 Easy Steps

I love teaching Nonfiction Text Features… actually… I love using nonfiction texts in my classroom.  I love learning facts that I actually didn’t know about and I love when my kiddos learn something new and I can actually see it in their faces!    I wanted to share with you HOW I teach Nonfiction Text Features in my classroom.  I tend to mix things up from year to year with the activities that I use in my classroom because I…

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Science FUN with Interactive Notebooks!

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well and enjoying your summer break. I just returned home from a relaxing vacation in Punta Cana!  It was a tons of fun and I really needed the R & R 🙂 I actually wrote this blog post on the plane there…BUT… the flight didn’t have any WIFI and I was going a little batty {like I lost a limb} without WIFI, so I decided to just write a blog post that…

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Reading, Math & More…Oh My!

  Hi Friends!  Hope you are all well!  Confession time… I’m a BAD BLOGGER!  well… I guess you already know that already if you follow me :).  I’m sorry!  Between teaching, motherhood, wifehood, creating new resources, and cooking dinner… Ugh… There just isn’t enough time in the day for blogging 🙁 Sooooo…. I think I have come up with a solution!  I am going to try to create a monthly blog post about upcoming units that I will be teaching…

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Earth Day FUN!

  Hi Friends…. I just wanted to drop in and do a quick little blog post on Earth Day.  I know it is coming up in April and I am a bit of a pre-planner…can you say…{type a}…I digress 🙂   I wanted to share an activity that I have done with my students for the past three years and we have had sooooo much fun making them.  I have created an Earth Flip Flap Book and Lapbook resource…  …

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Cause and Effect & a FREEBIE!

Hi Friends…I hope this post finds you all well and rested 🙂  I wanted to share with you how I teach the concept of Cause and Effect in my classroom.  I just LOVE teaching about this skill to my kiddos, however, it is a somewhat difficult concept to teach.  I love teaching it so much, that I chose to have my observation this year on this topic…and my principal LOVED it! Before I go into how I teach this concept,…

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Parts of Speech F.U.N.!

  Hi Friends…Teaching about parts of speech is one of my favorite things to teach about….I think it’s because after I teach them…I MAKE sure they use “juicy” adjectives and adverbs in their sentences.  It makes for a happy teacher 🙂 I always start teaching parts of speech using a mentor text.  These mentor texts are ADORBS and they rhyme as well.  The kids LOVE them! Click the book images to see them on Amazon.com   Here is a blog…

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Flip Flap Books Made EASY Video!

  Hi Friends…I’m sure you all know by now that I am obsessed with LOVE making Flip Flap Books!  Not only do I love them, but my students CANNOT get enough of them!  It even got to a point last year where my students were telling me which flip flap books to make next! Just love them to pieces! I know that trying something new and different can be somewhat nerve-racking in front of 20-something little ones.  But I PROMISE…Pinky…

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Branches of Government & a Freebie!

Hi Friends….Hope this blog post finds you well!  We just started our unit on the Branches of Government in class this past week and my little ones are really enjoying it.  I have always found that teaching this subject is somewhat difficult for my students to understand and I hadn’t found any materials that I felt did this topic justice….sooooo…I got to work and created a Branches of Government unit that I am really happy with.  I wanted to create…

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