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Yes, you TELL kids to go back in the text... but do they really know HOW? Step-by-step process to guide your kids in finding the text evidence to support answers (so perfect for Common Core!)

Close reading anchor...I like how this one has the "digging deeper" visual (image only)

Comprehension Connection: Five for Friday

Graphic organizers and a blog post on writing personal narratives.

Graphic Organizers for Personal Narratives |

Common Core for Parents... great for Curriculum Night or Conference Night. Great also for homeschooling parents to review for possible inclusion in their children's lessons. I think it would surprise many people how very much these ideas are already included in the homeschooling experience.

I absolutely love these post-it boards! What a great way for students to reflect on the day and share what they've learned with each other. Via 4 different teacher blogs.

"What Stuck With You Today?" - Awesome end of the day activity!

Printable: Quotes for Each Week of the Year |

Printable: Quotes for Each Week of the Year |

25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms - Edudemic

What's Skow-ing on in 4th Grade??: Anchor Charts for Writing

What's Skow-ing on in 4th Grade??: Anchor Charts for Writing

The Reader's Notebook-How to use a post it and turn it into an entry in your reading notebook

{NEW PRODUCT = Free for a limited time! FOLLOW ME on TpT for future freebies! Feedback appreciated!} Students love investigating bubbles. Let them scientifically research, plan, and test their own group bubble solution recipe while competing with their classmates to win the challenge! This kit gives you all of the planning resources you could ask for to implement this fun investigation into your science curriculum.

Longest Lasting Bubble Investigation {Grades 4-6}

First day of school. Did this on the second day - thought it worked better - added "My favorite part of the first day of school was..." They LOVED this!

Mrs. Robinson's Classroom Blog: Meaningful First Week Activities

Team Building Activity Using Cups, Rubber Bands, and String

In the middle: Life as a seventh grade language arts teacher

Close Reading - What's It All About? {with FREEBIES, videos, and resources!} {Grades K-12}

HoJos Teaching Adventures: Close Reading - What's It All About?

Theme anchor chart

dandelions and dragonflies: Topic Charts

Close Reading Anchor Chart

Close Reading Anchor Chart | Ms. Houser

this lesson plan is SERIOUSLY AMAZING. what a great way to get kids beyond the "drama." | YourKids Teacher: Erasing Meanness

'YourKids' Teacher: Erasing Meanness

Reasoning Puzzles (Area): Increase math talk in your classroom with these fun puzzles! Students determine the truthfulness of six statements, then get together with a group to defend their thinking and critique the reasoning of others. $

Forever in Fifth Grade: Five For Friday-Play Swat the Vocab before your next vocabulary quiz!

Forever in Fifth Grade: Five For Friday

20 Websites every teacher should know

iHeartLiteracy: Resource Roundup: April 23, 2013