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Discover How to Effectively Use Running Record Assessments with Primary Students

January 21, 2022 3 Comments

Have you ever used running record assessments to see inside your student’s mind? Wouldn’t it be great to get insight into what a student does when he/she reads?  Well, running records are a way to get a glimpse of what your student is doing and thinking about when they’re reading. Using running record assessments information has transformed my teaching.  In this post, I’m going to explain to you what running records are and show you how…

5 Ways to Celebrate Groundhog Phil With Elementary Students

January 25, 2022 No Comments

Are you looking for some Groundhog Day activities to use with your class? Is your class excited to know if Groundhog Phil sees his shadow? Are they eager to hear that winter is almost over? As we near Groundhog’s Day with all the superstition and folklore, I have always wanted to dig deeper (pun intended) than what the great Prognosticator forecasts. So I decided to do a little research and learn more about this infamous rodent…

Martin Luther King Jr Dream Quilt

January 5, 2022 No Comments

Martin Luther King Day Activity Looking for a way to honor Martin Luther King Day? This I Have a Dream craft and bulletin board project is perfect for elementary students.  These quilt squares are based upon the vision Martin Luther King Jr. had for making our world kinder and more accepting. Through this craft your students get to share their own visions for the world.  By combining the writing squares with graphic squares, your class can…

5 Ways to Organize Worksheets for Common Core Math Standards

August 23, 2021 1 Comment

Would you like an easy way to know the Common Core Standards for math and ELA? How can you be sure you are teaching all the common core reading standards for your grade? Do you wonder if your stash of worksheets addressed a certain standard? As teachers, we are notorious for collecting ideas. It doesn’t take long for our files to be filled with potential learning activities. The problem is after all these years, it is…

12 Back to School Books for Elementary Students

August 6, 2021 No Comments

One way I start building a classroom community is through reading stories aloud each day. My elementary students LOVE when I read to them. It is a great way to model fluency, reading with expression, and best of all it’s FUN! Going back to school can be exciting and scary at the same time. These stories help break the tension and help students understand they aren’t alone. Looking for book extension ideas, keep reading! Here are…

Tips for Keeping Virtual Students Engaged

January 3, 2021 No Comments

Engaging elementary students during online instruction is challenging. Here are some ideas to keep students actively participating as well as assessing their level of understanding. TIP # 1 THUMBS-UP THUMBS-DOWN Signs Thumbs-Up sign. I LOVE these large thumbs up cards. They are MUCH easier for me to see than the thumbs on their hand. I’ll ask a question to the class, and then ask them, “If you agree, thumbs-up. If you disagree, thumbs down.” You can…

Solution to No Name Papers

December 9, 2019 1 Comment

Looking for classroom management strategies for organizing the hundreds papers that are turned in each day?  I know it can be an ordeal. If you had a dime for every minute you spent trying to figure out whose “No Name” paper belonged to, you’d be rich! For years I have been frustrated by this chronic problem too; especially when there is more than one child forgetting. Well, I am going to share my All-Time FAVORITE classroom…

Great Read Alouds for Elementary Children

December 8, 2019 No Comments

Use these books to get children hooked on reading! The Kid in the Red Jacket by Barbara Park Any child who has had to adjust to moving to a new school will immediately identify with Howard Jetter.  This humorous tale written by Barbara Park deals with the awkwardness of making new friendships.  Plus you can’t help but fall in love with six year old Molly Vera Thompson.  Despite the differences in age and interests, Howard realizes…

Spelling Practice for Any Word List

October 20, 2019 No Comments

FREE printable spelling worksheets that you can use with any spelling list. They are perfect for homework or in-class practice.  Do you have differentiated lists? No problem! The children use their own spelling lists. Also, there is flexibility in the number of words; 10, 15, or 20. So let’s take a look at your FREE Spelling Worksheets: Spelling Ships Worksheet First, let’s set sail with one of my favorite ways to practice correct letter order with…

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