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Love the ideas this teacher has for Accelerated Reader.  I know some schools have their own prizes, but if they don't... these are great!

Love the ideas this teacher has for Accelerated Reader. I know some schools have their own prizes, but if they don't... these are great!

GREAT guided reading website! So many ideas! Blank running records pages, guided reading binder inserts and much ,much ,more!

GREAT guided reading website! So many ideas! Blank running records pages, guided reading binder inserts and much ,much ,more!

This would be a great bulletin board for all classrooms in your school during the last week of school. The bulletin board has pictures of staff members holding their favorite book in front of their face. Kids have to guess who is who....love this!

This would be a great bulletin board for all classrooms in your school during the last week of school. The bulletin board has pictures of staff members holding their favorite book in front of their face. Kids have to guess who is who....love this!

How to Teach Arrays - use dough to build rectangular arrays and so many more great arrays ideas on this blog post!!

How to Teach Arrays - use dough to build rectangular arrays and so many more great arrays ideas on this blog post!!

Readbox: such a cool idea for book reports instead of having students write something. And the QR codes make it interesting for the rest of the class ... definitely have to think about using this.

Readbox Door with QR Codes

Readbox: such a cool idea for book reports instead of having students write something. And the QR codes make it interesting for the rest of the class ... definitely have to think about using this.

EXCELLENT centers for all subject areas...pdfs are free and instructions to go with...some centers have task cards for fast finishers!

EXCELLENT centers for all subject areas...pdfs are free and instructions to go with...some centers have task cards for fast finishers!

Unlimited access to Lessons & Passages for Common Core.  A Teacher's Dream - OMG - so excited to share this AMAZING & Free Resource for Common Core Reading Lessons K - 6.

Free Common Core Reading Lessons K-6

Unlimited access to Lessons & Passages for Common Core. A Teacher's Dream - OMG - so excited to share this AMAZING & Free Resource for Common Core Reading Lessons K - 6.

got caught reading (link broken, but you can still see the basic idea!) - I'd try to make it look more like Instagram than a camera (Get Caught Reading Month is May)

got caught reading (link broken, but you can still see the basic idea!) - I'd try to make it look more like Instagram than a camera (Get Caught Reading Month is May)

Why didn't I think of this!!!!!!! Use those Scholastic orders for a chart "To Inform / Entertain"... or "Literary / Informational".

Why didn't I think of this!!!!!!! Use those Scholastic orders for a chart "To Inform / Entertain"... or "Literary / Informational".

How to use Reading A-Z boooks in your classroom library. After you fold the pages and cut the laminating, (only laminate the cover) you staple the books together. Then,Duct tape!!! Different colored tape for different levels! Great idea...

How to use Reading A-Z boooks in your classroom library. After you fold the pages and cut the laminating, (only laminate the cover) you staple the books together. Then,Duct tape!!! Different colored tape for different levels! Great idea...

Book Retriever - This app allows you to scan, level and inventory your entire classroom library. Leveling choices include Guided Reading Levels, Lexile, Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, DRA and Reading Recovery.

Book Retriever - This app allows you to scan, level and inventory your entire classroom library. Leveling choices include Guided Reading Levels, Lexile, Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, DRA and Reading Recovery.

Guided Reading + Lit Circles - very student-centered  organized. Tasks are common core based.

Guided Reading + Lit Circles - very student-centered organized. Tasks are common core based.

Create a reading community in your class! Pin a piece of chart paper somewhere easily accessible and encourage students to recommend books for each other--and you!

Create a reading community in your class! Pin a piece of chart paper somewhere easily accessible and encourage students to recommend books for each other--and you!

Paper plate Venn Diagrams...great for comparing/contrasting fairy tales and fairy tale spin-offs!

Paper plate Venn Diagrams...great for comparing/contrasting fairy tales and fairy tale spin-offs!

Let me start by saying that I don’t have a picture-perfect room. As a matter of fact, I like a bit of randomness in my class! Those of you who have the super-cute and matching rooms always get my nod of approval, but that just doesn’t work for me. With that being said, below are …

Classroom Layout 2012

Let me start by saying that I don’t have a picture-perfect room. As a matter of fact, I like a bit of randomness in my class! Those of you who have the super-cute and matching rooms always get my nod of approval, but that just doesn’t work for me. With that being said, below are …