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NeverMind: when spring awakens

I’m trying to train my kids to use their heart maps when they need writing inspiration, so I keep my heart map by my easel and refer to it during every minilesson prior to writing. I like to pretend…VERY dramatically…that I have NOTHING to write about. The kids are quick to remind me that I can use my heart map for inspiration! They’re all, “DUH, Mrs. Carroll!!!” HA!

Don't disappoint Darth Vader- get a book from the library!

books may well be the only true magic -- alice hoffman

A fantastic, funny video illustrating some of the curious idioms we hear and use on a daily basis.

  • Melissa L.
    Melissa L.

    That was so funny!!

So nerdy, I love it!

FREE Grammar Cheat Sheet - nice...everything on one sheet for quick reference.

Grade 5 Dandelion Wishes

Simile and metaphor in poetry. Examples from Jane Yolen's "Owl Moon"

Similes & Metaphors: Teaching in Room 6 5th Grade

making connections

Thick & Thin questions

Nonfiction Anchor Chart

Choosing "Just Right Books"

Lots of anchor charts for writing & reading.

Great way to show how to change the feeling of writing

synonym flowers

Story Mountain: I love the "Hook" at the bottom or the mountain...I've never seen it drawn like this!

On a due date, if a student does not have his/her assignment, he/she must fill out one of these yellow sheets and turn it in in place of said assignment. It asks for basic information like the assignment title, due date, and student signature. Keep this in the stack of papers and, as students turn in their late work, use it to record the actual date the assignment is turned in and the number of points deducted.

Need to look into this more...

Pinwheel with questions to ask after a story.

Unrreal reading strategy poster - I LOVE this! Definitely using this next year.

This one has a printable for the tree :)

root words

FREE set of friendly monster themed posters to teach students the 4 types of sentences. (Exclamatory, Declarative, Imperative, and Interogative)...