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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 Teach Cause and Effect During a Guided Reading Group

If you have ever struggled to teach cause and effect in your classroom, watch the video above or read on! I’m sharing one of my very favorite teaching techniques step-by-step. You won’t believe how much it helps students link events in a story with their outcomes quickly and easily, forward and back, every single time. It’s so fun to teach, too! What is Going to Happen When I tell my students we are going to read our story of the…

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Making Words: How I conduct a Word Work lesson during a Guided Reading Group

I wanted to show you how I take my students through a Word Work session during a Guided Reading Group. The video above shares the highlights of a recent lesson that I implemented, and the steps I follow are explained below. I introduce my students to our focus for our lesson and explain what it means in easy-to-understand terms. In the group shown above, we were concentrating on learning the long A sound. I ask if anyone can tell me…

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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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FREEBIES for my Follower Friends

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well 🙂  I am SOOOOOOO EXCITED about what I have up my sleeve!!!! I have wanted a way to connect with my peeps who follow my blog, Facebook page, and/or Blog Shop.  Sometimes, it’s just easier to get some up to date information right to your “INBOX” where you can “remember” to get back to it when you have a minute.  That is my BIGGEST problem…. I will see something I LOVE…

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Grammar FUN for Interactive Notebooks

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you all well!   I’m sure you know that I have been teaching second grade FOREVER for over 22 years…so I have been teaching the same skills for that long as well.  I don’t know about you, but I get bored pretty quickly and I always need to stir things up a bit in my classroom.  It is rare that I do the same activities from year to year.  I have to change it…

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Thanksgiving Ideas & Activities

Yep…Halloween is officially over…thank goodness!  Halloween week exhausts me! But even though I am exhausted, I am already thinking about our next holiday!  I always like to get a jumpstart on my planning and printing, so I feel like I am ready to go and I actually accomplished something off of my NEVER ENDING list of “Things to Do!”  I have a lot of families that travel during the Thanksgiving break and I NEVER have a full class that short…

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Ditch the Worksheets = F.U.N.

  Hi Friends…. I hope this post finds you all well.  A few weeks ago I stayed after school {in my very quiet classroom….ahhh} and I started thinking about how I could add some more PIZZAZZ to my Guided Reading Groups. As part of our reading series {Pearson Reading Street}, we must teach a comprehension skill and strategy each week, which will also be revisited many times throughout the year.   I find myself sometimes using the same activity or…

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End of the Year Activities = FUN!

  Hi Friends… I hope this blog post finds you well.  I wanted to share a few activities that I do with my kiddos during the last few weeks of school.  I don’t finish my year until the last week of June, but I know that many schools end in May so I thought I would share my end of the year activities a bit earlier this year 🙂 I always have done some type of scrapbook with my students…

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President’s Day PREP….FUN…& a FREEBIE

  My favorite time of the school year is when I get to dig deep into Social Studies! I love President’s Day and teaching about Lincoln and Washington and I love connecting this unit to our U.S. Symbols unit as well.  It all just blends well together.  Leading up to President’s Day, I always take about fifteen minutes at the end of two days and read these books to my kiddos.  If you haven’t seen these books by National Geographic…

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