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Citing Text Evidence: Successful Strategies for Teaching Elementary Students

Citing text evidence is an essential skill for young learners. It helps them to support their ideas, develop critical thinking, and build strong academic foundations. As elementary teachers, we can make this process engaging and accessible. Here are some effective strategies to teach students about citing text evidence: Explain the Importance Start by explaining what citing text evidence means in simple terms. Use age-appropriate language and examples. For instance, you could say, “When we read a…

Harnessing the Power of Decodable Texts: A Guide for Teachers

Unlocking Reading Success: How Decodable Texts Boost Literacy Skills Are you looking to enhance your students’ literacy skills? Decodable passages are powerful tools in educators’ arsenal, especially when teaching early literacy skills to young learners. Decodable books are specially designed passages that align closely with phonics instruction. These passages offer a structured approach to reading. They contain words and sentences using phonetic patterns and sight words that children have learned. Students gain confidence in reading independently…

The Ultimate Guide to Sanity-Saving Classroom Routines: Tips and Tricks for Elementary Teachers

Are you an elementary teacher looking to maintain your sanity in the classroom? Look no further! In this ultimate guide, we will share with you a plethora of tips and tricks for establishing effective and sanity-saving classroom routines. As an experienced teacher myself, I understand the challenges you face on a daily basis. From managing student behavior to keeping up with lesson plans, it can often feel overwhelming. However, with the right routines in place, you…

From Chaos to Calm: How Implementing Classroom Procedures Can Transform Your Teaching Experience

Are you tired of feeling overwhelmed and stressed in your classroom? Do you dream of creating a calm and focused learning environment for your students? Look no further! In this article, we will explore the transformative power of implementing classroom procedures and how they can revolutionize your teaching experience. From chaotic and disorganized classrooms, we will guide you towards creating a structured and calm atmosphere that promotes effective learning. Discover the benefits of having clear expectations…

7 Quick Tips to Create Exciting Plant Life Cycle Lessons

Understanding plant life cycles is a fundamental aspect of elementary science education. Not only does it foster curiosity about the natural world, but it also lays the groundwork for a deeper understanding of ecological systems. As an elementary teacher, you have the opportunity to spark this curiosity and instill a love for learning about plants in your students. In this article we’ll explore various strategies and activities to help you effectively teach about plant life cycles…

Fun Pollination STEM Activity for Plant Life Cycle Lessons

With this pollination experiment, your students will demonstrate how insects pollinate flowers. You can grab and print all the directions HERE Pollination STEM Materials It is important to notice that the colors of the powders didn’t always match the package color. I recommend orange, strawberry, and green apple. Even though the green apple appears white, it is perfect to show the other colors when cross-pollinating them. Prep for the Pollination Activity Gather all the materials beforehand….

Easy Ways For How to Improve Writing Skills of Elementary Students – Part 1

Are you searching for ways to improve writing skills of young writers without pulling your hair out? I’ve been there. The challenge is to encourage growth without crushing them in red ink. In this 2 part article, I am going to share my favorite and most effective methods to improve writing with younger students. Improve Writing With a Visual Rubric Now rubrics aren’t anything new. However traditional rubrics didn’t help my 2nd graders much. They’d check…

Hi! I'm Alison

My #1 passion is all things literacy! I'm a curriculum creator and literacy specialist with over 30 years teaching in elementary classrooms. My goal is to share creative and engaging ways to grow your students and are easy to implement and academically sound. You can expect to find teaching tips to boost your confidence and grow your learners. You don't have to do this alone! I'm the support you've been looking for. I'm so glad you are here!

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When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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