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Close Reading Lesson: Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya

Close reading is when a reader analyzes the details of a text to make interpretations and develop a deep understanding of the passage. Often the reader uses a short text and rereads the passage several times focusing on a different literary element with each read... Continue Reading

May 11, 2017

A Guide to Getting Feedback from Students and Using It to Improve Your Teaching

The end of the school year and the summer time is a reflective time for me, as I am sure it is for most educators. An important part of my reflection is the feedback I receive from my students.

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March 30, 2017

Earth Day Project: Growing Grassy Heads in the Elementary Classroom

Spring is a wonderful time to teach students about plants and what they need to survive. Use the Growing Grassy Heads Activity to explore plants in your classroom. This fun Earth Day project not only teaches the steps to planting, but can also start a classroom discussion on our responsibility to take care of our earth!

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March 2, 2017

Women's History Month Research Activity, Grades 3–8

Every March, I make it a point to celebrate Women's History Month with my students. Instead of assigning a typical biography report, I make it a point to try a new activity instead.

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May 10, 2016

Memorial Day Worksheets for the K–5 Classroom

The week before Memorial Day, I always spend some time discussing this symbolic holiday with my students. My mini Memorial Day lesson is simple and yet always makes an impact!

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April 18, 2016

Hold a Student Showcase to Celebrate Their Writing, Grades K–8

After spending a school year working passionately on developing your students' writing skills, there is no better way to show off their writing talents than with a showcase. This spring, hold an Author Share Student Showcase to celebrate and share your students’ writing!

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April 13, 2016

A Creative Writing Activity for National Tell A Story Day (April 27th)

National Tell a Story Day is celebrated on April 27th. This is a day for people to get together to tell all kinds of different stories. These stories can be about anything – a story from a book, a personal story, or even a made-up story. Many libraries throughout the United States participate in National Tell a Story Day with special story-telling times for children.

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