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Teaching Setting in writing

Teaching Setting in Fiction Writing: Creating Creative Places

When it comes to fiction writing, sometimes teaching setting can be the most daunting. When helping students with setting, I…

Tiered Vocabulary Instruction

Why You Need to Be Teaching Tiered Vocabulary

Vocabulary instruction is often overlooked, since it is typically embedded in our overall daily curriculum. Before I truly understood…

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How do you know which vocabulary words you should be teaching?

How do you know which vocabulary words you should be teaching? Two questions we are always asking as…

Morning Work Activity with a vocabulary focus

Making the Most of Your Morning Work : A Vocabulary Focus

Morning Work Activities Picture this. You wake up in the morning and enter your classroom running a bit behind. However,…

Interesting Nonfiction Topics Kids love to learn about

Interesting Nonfiction Topics Kids Love to Learn About

When it comes to keeping students interested in nonfiction, sometimes it can be difficult. This is why I have…

Teaching Poetry

Teaching Poetry: Tips for Making Poetry Fun

There are so many different ways to teach poetry. Some teachers like to stick to reading free form and…

Teaching Subject and Predicate Efficiently

Teaching Subject and Predicate Efficiently

I don’t know many teachers that get as excited as I do about teaching grammar. In fact, most teachers…

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Classroom Jobs for Upper Elementary Students

I am ALL about delegating tasks. In fact, it is what keeps me sane teaching fifth grade. (Most of…

Using monthly themed poetry for fluency practice

Using Monthly Themed Poetry for Fluency Practice

There are so many different ways to engage students in fluency practice. One of these strategies can be repeated…

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Teaching with Nonfiction Articles

Teaching with Nonfiction Articles Using nonfiction articles in my teaching has been extremely important for student motivation. They are a…