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Have you noticed a difference in the informational text scores when you compare boys and girls? One of the presenters of an inservice I attended told us that girls typically score lower than boys in the non-fiction/informational text section of standardized test. Have you noticed this with your students? This post has some tips for sources and lessons.

A great list of books + More Ideas like The Lemonade Wars, Because of Winn Dixie, Loser, How to Steal a Dog, Love That Dog Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

middle school LA anchor charts and a cool blog

Simply the Middle: July 2012

Awesome explanation of root words and their parts -- anchor chart!

Anchor chart for Bell Ringer schedule for middle school English. Adapt for elementary morning work?

Author's Purpose anchor chart (picture only) I love how each genre is listed beside the purpose.

Book Recommendation Bulletin Board - could be used as a ticket out the door with different categories for thoughts about reading for that day 2x2x2

Independent Reading Response Anchor Charts : The sticky notes next to it are continuations of the response for differentiation for kids who need a little extra help. ...for those needing a little extra boost in their thinking, they can grab a sticky note.

Fun guided reading tools to use in a small group setting.

Teaching in High Heels: Guided Reading Tools

Theme in Literature: Anchor Chart. Great way to have students show text evidence for choice of theme in books they have read.

Fourth Grade Flipper: Tried It Tuesday {Interactive Notebooks}

Great chart for when to input paragraphs while writing your story

Some words are soooo tricky! Do your students have a hard time knowing when to use some of these words: to, two, too we're, were where, wear your...

25 Language Arts Graphic Organizers (Scroll to the bottom of all the organizers to download for free.) Don't miss this resource!