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Looking for some great mentor texts for your February reader's workshop block? Struggling to get your kiddos to discuss their reading independently? This shares 6 love-themed titles and activities and lesson ideas for your February reader's workshop. Reading Resources, Math Resources, Reading Worksheets, Creative Teaching, Teaching Ideas, My Teacher, Teacher Tips, Mentor Texts, Readers Workshop

Looking for some great mentor texts for your February reader's workshop block? Struggling to get you

Looking for some great mentor texts for your February reader's workshop block? Struggling to get your kiddos to discuss their reading independently? This shares 6 + love-themed titles and activities and lesson ideas for your February reader's workshop.

This post introduces a year-long empathy project designed to develop students' discourse skills. It outlines the fifth grade class project, identifies essential questions and the data points (WIDA/WAPT Literacy Stations, Literacy Centers, Action Research, Elementary Teacher, Upper Elementary, Creative Teaching, Teaching Ideas, Readers Workshop, Interactive Activities

This post introduces a year-long empathy project designed to develop students' discourse skills. It…

This post introduces a year-long empathy project designed to develop students' discourse skills. It outlines the fifth grade class project, identifies essential questions and the data points (WIDA/WAPT & Serravallo Conversation Progression). Empathy-themed books are identified, as well as ways to teach discourse.

Mondrian Math: Fractions, Decimals, Percents & Blurred Lines - Wild Child's Mossy Oak Musings 4th Grade Classroom, 4th Grade Math, Math Class, Classroom Ideas, Classroom Inspiration, Classroom Organization, Interactive Activities, Math Activities, Teacher Resources

Start A Fire

Mondrian & Math! It doesn't get any better than this combination in our 4th grade classroom.

Math Games: Observing Your Students Makes Back-To-School A Breeze - Wild Child's Mossy Oak Musings Math Games, Math Activities, Interactive Activities, School Teacher, Elementary Teacher, Upper Elementary, Math Workshop, Math Numbers, Teaching Resources

How should you use math games at the beginning of the year?

Every year, without fail, I use math games to review skills and teach collaboration, discourse and social skills. YOU CAN TOO! I don't want to use games that teach new concepts because I want to watch my students interacting independently. If I have to step in to reteach new math concepts, I can't observe. I want to be able to see how Andrew interacts with others when he's losing. I want to know how Bella handles mistakes, or how Tom behaves when he trounces Emily.

Looking for perseverance-themed kid lit? You need this post! It outlines lesson ideas, and recommends four fantastic fiction and narrative nonfiction books your kids will love. I promise! Reading Resources, Teacher Resources, Teacher Blogs, Literacy Stations, Interactive Activities, English Writing, Book Themes, Nonfiction Books, In Kindergarten

How do I teach theme? I link similar themed books together, of course!

Looking for perseverance-themed kid lit? You need this post! It outlines lesson ideas, and recommends four fantastic fiction and narrative nonfiction books your kids will love. I promise!

Civil Rights Heroes: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives - Real Time - Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Finance You for Healthy articles ideas Social Studies Resources, Reading Resources, Secondary Resources, History Activities, Interactive Activities, Middle School Teachers, Elementary Teacher, High School, Literacy Stations

Civil Rights Heroes: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives

Ask any kid about heroes, and he or she will rattle off names like Batman or Superman, or a list of professional football or hockey players' names. And yet every January when my team and I begin teaching our civil rights unit, my kids view King, Mandela, Gandhi, Helen Keller, and other activists with round eyes. Whenever we read a biography or picture book about these people, I can see my fifth graders mentally placing superhero capes over the shoulders of these activists.

Too often, we teachers grapple with issues we have no control over. We feel defeated, unsuccessful, and burned out when we forget about our circle of control. Middle School Teachers, New Teachers, School Classroom, Classroom Decor, Teacher Blogs, Teacher Resources, Teacher Funnies, Classroom Resources, Circle Of Control

Ex-Husbands, Control

Too often, we teachers grapple with issues we have no control over. We feel defeated, unsuccessful, and burned out when we forget about our circle of control.

Too often, we teachers grapple with issues we have no control over. We feel defeated, unsuccessful, and burned out when we forget about our circle of control. Middle School Teachers, New Teachers, School Classroom, Classroom Decor, Teacher Blogs, Teacher Resources, Teacher Funnies, Classroom Resources, Circle Of Control

Ex-Husbands, Control & Windmills: A Teacher's New Year Musings

Too often, we waste our energies fighting fights we can't win. What would happen if we remembered our circles of control?

Looking for some pleasure reading titles? We’ve got 4 recommendations just for you, plus teacher fun freebies to accompany your fun! Meet The Teacher, Best Teacher, School Teacher, Secondary Resources, Parent Communication, Teacher Blogs, Teaching Tips, Classroom Management, Lesson Plans

A Summer Reading Series for Teachers

Looking for some pleasure reading titles? We’ve got 4 recommendations just for you, plus teacher fun freebies to accompany your fun!

Powers of 10 Posters : Powers of 10 Posters Interactive Activities, Math Activities, Teacher Resources, Teaching Ideas, Creative Teaching, Teacher Tips, 4th Grade Math, Math Class, Math Math

Powers of 10 Posters

From WILD CHILD DESIGNS, these FREE posters are designed to review powers of tens and the vocabulary used when talking about them in your math class. They're perfect for student math journals or binders, or for your classroom wall! Enjoy!

Do you your kids struggle with those "About the Text" questions on Fountas and Pinnell assessments? You know, the ones where they're asked to identify descriptive language in the passages? This post is FOR YOU! This creative approach might seem "fluffy" t Interactive Activities, Writing Activities, Teaching Career, Teaching Poetry, Teaching Tips, Found Poetry, Reading Resources, Classroom Resources, Thing 1

Poetry & Descriptive Reading and Writing: .A Teacher's Story of How "Fluff" Led to Rigor

Do you your kids struggle with those "About the Text" questions on Fountas and Pinnell assessments? You know, the ones where they're asked to identify descriptive language in the passages? This post is FOR YOU! This creative approach might seem "fluffy" to some teachers, but I can assure you it's not. Found poetry created rigor in my classroom!

Teacher fashions have sure changed through the years. thank God! Are you ready to giggle? Teacher Shoes, Teacher Style, Laughed Until We Cried, Teacher Resources, Teaching Ideas, Secondary Resources, Creative Teaching, Grilling Gifts, Meet The Teacher

Teacher Shoes: The Story of a Teacher's Vow

Teacher fashions have sure changed through the years... thank God! Are you ready to giggle?

March is Reading Month and Read Across America shenanigans don't have to be stressful! 3 + ways to make your celebrations student-centered! Reading Resources, Reading Activities, Teacher Resources, Spring Activities, Teacher Blogs, English Language Learners, Language Arts, Elementary Teacher, Elementary Schools

3 Ways to Keep Your Sanity for March is Reading Month

March is Reading Month and Read Across America shenanigans don't have to be stressful! 3 + ways to make your celebrations student-centered!

Teaching & Learning Gratitude: Book Suggestions For Thankfulness - Real Time - Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Finance You for Healthy articles ideas Reading Resources, Teacher Resources, Teacher Blogs, Gratitude Book, Literacy Stations, Literacy Centers, Upper Elementary, Elementary Teacher, Parent Communication

Teaching & Learning Gratitude: Book Suggestions For Thankfulness

Teaching and learning gratitude is not an easy feat. Explore three book suggestions for upper elementary and middle school students. Free resources and suggestions...as well as a $100 giveaway!

Valentine& Day can be a hard holiday to navigate with upper elementary kiddos. the hormones. the precarious friendships.the hurt feelings. Here& an idea that& fun, easy to implement and COMMON CORE ALIGNED! Literacy Stations, Literacy Centers, English Language Learners, Language Arts, Reading Resources, Classroom Resources, Math Resources, My Funny Valentine, Valentines

Love Letters & Brussel Sprouts: Exploring Odes and Point-of-View

Valentine’s Day can be a hard holiday to navigate with upper elementary kiddos... the hormones... the precarious friendships...the hurt feelings. Here’s an idea that’s fun, easy to implement and COMMON CORE ALIGNED!

It's so easy to lose track of our "why" as we're bullied about in our day-to-day lives as teachers. Sometimes reminders come in unexpected ways. Writing Resources, Teacher Resources, Teaching Ideas, Teacher Blogs, English Language Learners, Language Arts, Fifth Grade, How To Run Faster, Read Aloud

Striving & Thriving: Remembering Purpose in the Reading Classroom

As we're bullied about on a day-to-day basis, it's so easy to forget our "why." Sometimes, we're reminded in unexpected ways.