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My Reading Stamina Anchor Chart (Created with the children during the second week of school.) Creating Readers and Writers Blog Post

Creating Readers and Writers: Spring Cleaning

Close Reading Nonfiction Texts for Upper Elementary - Each text is discreetly differentiated into four levels of difficulty, with reading levels ranging from high-fourth to high-eighth. Following each topic are second read, third read, and writing response activities. Options are included for your interactive notebooks. These could also be included in literacy centers or given as weekly homework. Each month contains four high-interest topics. $

Figurative Language Treasure Hunt: Use With ANY Text - A fun close-reading activity for upper elementary and middle school students.

Figurative Language Treasure Hunt - Use With ANY Text

Idioms are great fun and upper elementary and middle school students love them! Free

Lesson: Thirty Human Body Idioms

This collaborative blog showcases the best in upper elementary. Follow along for great tips, ideas, and freebies for your classroom!

Exercise for the importance of following directions- great to do when tackling word problems in math!

following directions...

April Fool Reading Comprehension - - Pinned by @PediaStaff – Please Visit for all our pediatric therapy pins

Following Directions TEST - A Tricky Following Directions Lesson FREE Great for April Fool!

Following Directions TEST - A Tricky Following Directions Lesson

1st day- have to tweak for my freshmen. Great way to see if students are able to follow directions.

in a school daze: Following Directions

April Fool's Day Classroom Fun!!! :: My school kids did this today, and it was a riot watching them sing "lirpaloop" in hopes of finding the elusive bird. Too funny.

Sunny Days in Second Grade: April Fool's Day Classroom Fun!

sneaky test..following directions

The Bubbly Blonde: Guest Blogger {FREEBIE & GIVEAWAY!!!}

***RtI manual with reading and writing interventions, pretty extensive and awesome, kind of like CORE

Response to Intervention

Love this operational definition of talking for the classroom!

Projects at the Pickett's: Back to School Time

Love this idea: Have students hold up signs showing what they want to be when they grow up.

We Are Teachers

Create a map.

Easy Social Studies Projects for Sixth Grade | eHow

The students read the passage independently, then travel around the classroom answering the questions on butcher paper. There can be 3-4 stations with each station asking a question about a story element (i.e. one on characters, one on setting etc). Each stations has enough squares for each student in the class to write their answer. The question can be posted on the butcher paper, or on the wall. Students must support their answer with evidence from the story.

cause and effect chain

cause and effect chain

The Secrets of a Sixth Grade Teacher- one of the most useful blogs I have found so far. I can't stop reading it!

The Secrets of a Sixth Grade Teacher


Maybe as a way to end the day - a Positive Post It!

Quick Survey/Reflection poster with a FREEBIE!


FUN for meet-n-greets (children and adults), get-to-know you events, icebreaker activities, and faculty meetings/ PD sessions! Included are six activities with metaphors that can be used across the curriculum. All sections of the resource can be edited. The resource is most appropriate for Grades 4 and up including adults. The activities can be edited slightly for Grades 1-3.

Peacemaker People from Mrs. Lee's Kinderkids

Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten: Little of This & That & Cute Ideas!

Bucket Filler Starter Kit (FREEBIE) - Mel D - TeachersPayTeache...

Mel D-Seusstastic

Second Grade Nest: Small Group Ideas

Second Grade Nest: Small Group Ideas