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How I Teach Close Reading (and a FREEBIE!)

Close reading is a critical skill for students to develop, and what could get them more excited to pay attention than creepy, crawly ants? “All About Ants” is the Prepared Passages Trifold we are tackling in the video above and, as you know, kids love bugs. By the end of this session, they love close reading techniques, too! Make a prediction I ask the children if we will be reading fiction or non-fiction—asking them to pay attention to text features…

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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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