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Fun ideas and helpful strategies for differentiating instruction in reading, writing, math, and more. Engaging instructional techniques for reaching and teaching ALL students (including those with ADHD, LD, and other diverse learners). www.sandrarief.com

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 (Interesting Nonfiction for Kids): 10 Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Kids Reading response activities for non-fiction, from Loreen Leedy- need this for some of my "beyond level" kids Reading Resources, Reading Strategies, Reading Activities, Reading Skills, Reading Comprehension, Early Finishers Activities, Library Activities, Group Activities, Creative Activities

10 Nonfiction Activity Ideas for Kids

After writing about the Common Core State Standards last month , I wanted to keep the ball rolling with activities to use with any nonfi...

Strategic Teaching - Before Activities I can tell in the first 5 minutes of any class, how well that lesson is going to be received. Here are 5 simple way to make sure that those first few minutes engage students. Instructional Coaching, Instructional Strategies, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Teaching Grit, Teacher Tools, Teacher Resources, Classroom Organization, Classroom Management

How to Engage Students in the First few Minutes

In the first 5 minutes, I can tell how a lesson is going to be received. Here are 5 tips for how to engage students at the start of the lesson.

When a student asks a question no one knows the answer to, including the teacher, the question will go up on this board. Students can bring back a written answer to one of the questions of their choice each week for extra credit. Classroom Setting, Science Classroom, Future Classroom, School Classroom, Classroom Activities, Classroom Ideas, Classroom Displays Secondary, Classroom Design, Classroom Organisation

When my high school students ask a question no one in the class knows (including myself), they can put it up on the Google Board. Students can bring back a written answer to one of the questions of their choice each week for extra credit, or whatever incentive you choose. They get really excited when a question comes up that they can put on the board and find out the answer to later...

Be a "four star participant" - excellent tool to use during small group instruction! Freebies and ideas on setting up close reading in your classroom too! would work for your rubric system! Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Teaching Reading, Partner Reading, Learning Skills, Instructional Strategies, Guided Reading, Motor Skills, Classroom Behavior

Let’s Have a Close Talk FREEBIES (Chapter 7!) – Lyndsey Kuster

Hi Everyone! I’m here to discuss Chapter 7 of Close Reading in Elementary School with you all. I missed out on Chapter 6’s discussion. If you did too, you can go read it over […]

5 simple ways to celebrate national teacher appreciation week. Read more! Start simple- a teacher's gift from you Involve your kids involve the classroom involve your school extra love Teacher Tools, Teacher Hacks, Teacher Resources, Teacher Survival, Teacher Education, Education College, Science Education, Teacher Stuff, Classroom Management Tips

7 Classroom Review Games that Won't Waste Time

These review game ideas make reviewing more fun while still keeping the focus where it should be - on the actual review.

So much is said today about the summative assessment and yet, the formative assessment is clearly the most important. use this sticker and keep it in a prominante place and refer to it often in order to assess students during instruction time. Instructional Coaching, Instructional Strategies, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Differentiated Instruction, Instructional Technology, Differentiation Strategies, Differentiation In The Classroom, Teaching Art

Quick & Easy Formative Assessments UPDATED

Sometimes it feels crazy overwhelming to keep assessing students and know exactly what they do/don't understand. That's where these quick and easy formative assessment ideas comes in! My school district sent us a monthly newsletter from the GATE department. This was a particularly helpful chart, so I kept it. But the image was too small,…

Interactive Reading Notebooks Informational Text: Nonfiction for Common Core Reading Lessons, Reading Skills, Teaching Reading, Math Lessons, Reading Projects, Reading Notebooks, Interactive Student Notebooks, 4th Grade Reading, Readers Workshop

Reading Interactive Notebook: Nonfiction Text Activities

Nonfiction Reading Interactive Notebooks for Nonfiction Text - Common Core Aligned Grades 4-8 This reading interactive notebook is the nonfiction (informational text) companion for my TpT top seller Interactive Reading Literature Notebooks. This is the *original* Interactive Reading Notebooks for...

 Tiering through small groups with differing levels of instruction. Corkboard Connections: Easy Differentiation with Colored Folders - Terrific guest post by Kelly Witt with three easy ways to differentiate instruction Classroom Organisation, Teacher Organization, Classroom Management, Organised Teacher, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tools, Teacher Resources, Differentiation In The Classroom, Differentiation Strategies

Easy Differentiation with Colored Folders

Differentiation is the buzzword that just keeps on buzzing! Teachers, administrators, and evaluation systems are placing more and more emphasis on differentiation in the classroom. Sometimes, the thought of organizing lessons to meet the individual needs of all of your students can feel like an overwhelming challenge. One of the best and simplest ways I have found to do this is with colored pocket folders.

Turn in papers with self-assessment bins---The Creative Classroom: Getting My Classroom In Order: FINALLY, It's Done! Classroom Organisation, Teacher Organization, Teacher Tools, Teacher Hacks, Classroom Management, Teacher Resources, Organization Ideas, Student Self Assessment, Formative Assessment

Getting My Classroom In Order: FINALLY, It's Done!

Well, today was the first official day back for teachers in my district. Our students return this Wednesday so I guess it's a good thing th...

Strategic Teaching - Before Activities I can tell in the first 5 minutes of any class, how well that lesson is going to be received. Here are 5 simple way to make sure that those first few minutes engage students. Instructional Coaching, Instructional Strategies, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Teaching Grit, Teacher Tools, Teacher Resources, Classroom Organization, Classroom Management

How to Engage Students in the First few Minutes

In the first 5 minutes, I can tell how a lesson is going to be received. Here are 5 tips for how to engage students at the start of the lesson.

Literature Circles: Great Anchor Chart for Read Aloud discussions. I called it Read a Loud Sentence starters--and all my students loved it on Day It helps them so much with the "complete sentence" mantra we have been pushing them towards. Readers Workshop, Writing Workshop, Readers Notebook, Writing Goals, Essay Writing, Reading Strategies, Reading Comprehension, Reading Groups, Comprehension Strategies

We're Baaaack!

Ok, just because I've been gone from 'blogging land' doesn't mean we haven't been working hard in 4B. I've definitely been documenting a lot...

Fantastic Formative Assessment Tools that Give Great Feedback. Use these tech tools to boost engagement while also getting great feedback about what your students know. Formative And Summative Assessment, Assessment For Learning, Kindergarten Assessment, Career Assessment, Student Learning, Teaching Technology, Educational Technology, Technology Tools, Technology Integration

Fantastic Formative Assessment Tools that Give Great Feedback | Common Sense Education

Use these tech tools to boost engagement while also getting great feedback about what your students know.

A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment // Post and infographic by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning Instructional Coaching, Instructional Strategies, Teaching Strategies, Teaching Tips, Instructional Design, Differentiated Instruction, Instructional Technology, Learning Objectives, Marketing Strategies

A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Reading and Writing Redhead: 25 Pop Songs to Use with Students- this author chose songs based on their lyrics and writes a note about each song! Music For Kids, Kids Songs, Pop Songs For Kids, Children Dance Songs, Music Classroom, School Classroom, Songs For The Classroom, Classroom Ideas, Music Teachers

25 Pop Songs to Use with Students

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