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Here's a great anchor chart on nonfiction text features.

Second Grade Style: non-fiction

The Curious Apple: Differentiated Instruction

Would You Rather... Opinion Writing unit. Supports CCSS for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Integrate Opinion writing and animal research

Opinion Writing Unit CCSS Aligned for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade

Really like some of her writers notebook set up examples. Life is Better Messy Anyway!

Life is Better Messy Anyway

"i am" boards ... great for teaching adjectives ... character education

A new adventure...."little brave girls" - Brave Girls Club

Have students lead conferences - gret way to make them cognizant of her own education - it's not something they can participate in passively.

Tips for Holding Student-Led Conferences -

Really nice & detailed post on how she does 5th Grade Literacy Centers - including examples of her centers.

A Teacher's Treasure: 5th Grade Literacy Centers!

Changes to the EARTH Foldable by Science Doodles

Changes to the EARTH Foldable by Science Doodles

Shades of feelings. Good for writing words without using very or generic words like sad, mad, happy, etc...

Mrs. Kelly's Klass: Giveaways, Sales, and FALL.. OH MY! :)

Substitute Teacher Report

The Crafty Teacher: Substitute Teacher Report

This activity allows the students to be creative and also shows how to calculate area. They can make their house as big or little as the want, as long as the can find the area of the house when its finished.

Dream House: An Additive Area Project (Common Core FREEBIE!)

Teaching Theme Using Close Reading 4.RL.2 5.RL.2 6.RL.2

This little rhyme would help students remember how to round up decimals. It would be inexpensive to make and easily replaced if damaged. It may be difficult for the students to remember what exactly the rhyme is suggesting. Maybe you could write on the top "Rounding Rhyme" to help them remember.

Higher level thinking - have them come up with questions to a given answer to assess their knowledge

24-Hour research project frontloading background information on The Giver; students collaborate and teach each other about the author, dystopian genre, themes, Communism, and characteristics of The Giver and its series, which means NO unit prep for the teacher! (CCSS aligned)

The Giver: 24-Hour Collaborative “Short Research Project”

US State Capital Memory Matching Game - 6 Versions

US State Capital Memory Matching Game - 6 Versions

Writing Folder - Resource Tool for Aspiring Authors!

Writing Folder - Resource Tool for Aspiring Authors!

Reading Literature Graphic Organizers

Common Core: Graphic Organizers for Reading Literature Grades 3-5

Hide these Golden Tickets in library books or classroom books that never get read or checked out. Then reward the student that is lucky enough to discover it!

All about me self portrait. Could be a collage of things that they love, hobbies etc.

Classroom Freebies: What's On Your Mind?

MAP OUTLINES!!!!! Social Studies Online - Holy cow! TONS of maps, games, and more!

Social Studies Online

Theme & Main Idea. Teach kids to learn the difference between the two, and they will FINALLY understand how they both function in books!

Teaching With a Mountain View: Teaching Main Idea Vs. Theme

Launching Reader's Workshop {Guidelines Expectations} Anchor Chart... from Eat Teach Love Laugh (blog)

Examples of Pages from a Science Notebook

Science Notebooking