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Grammar Fir Tree Activity (3–8)

In this grammar activity, each part of the tree, and its decorations, coincide with a part of speech or punctuation marks... Continue Reading

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ideas To Get Students Writing Every Day

One of the most efficient ways to improve student writing is to write daily. To ensure writing occurs daily in my classroom I've implemented the quickwrite strategy. A quickwrite is a literacy strategy that can be used across all subject areas to develop writing fluency... Continue Reading

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Professional Development: What “Counts” As Writing?

Last summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a Teacher Consultant with the Wyoming Writing Project and co-presented a session on “Reading & Writing as Argument” at the University of Wyoming. The audience was composed of both elementary and secondary teachers. One anchor chart that was presented asked: What counts as writing?... Continue Reading

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Reflection on NCTE 2014

The National Council of Teachers of English annual conference concluded just before Thanksgiving in Washington, D.C. I had the wonderful opportunity to take Bradley, my oldest son... Continue Reading

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

5 Tips for Revising Sentences Grammar & Writing Tip Sheet (6–12)

Helping your students learn to write clear, concise sentences using fewer words is an important part of grammar instruction! Wordiness not only obscures ideas, but causes readers to become frustrated. Here are five strategies (with examples) that students can use to revise their wordy sentences. Continue Reading

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beverly's Monthly Article: Teaching Meaningful Revision to Deepen Students' Writing

Teachers understand that revision is an integral part of the writing process. Revision is the stage in which students grow as writers, readers, and thinkers... Continue Reading

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Grammar Mini Lesson: Parts of a Friendly Letter (3–5)

I use letters in every class in a variety of ways. High school and middle school students can write letters to their teachers, introducing themselves. Upper elementary students can write a formal letter to a favorite author, and primary students can write friendly informal letters about the weather. Continue Reading

Monday, September 25, 2017

Halloween Grammar Parts of Speech Worksheets for Grades 3–5

October is the time to year that welcomes the ghosts and goblins associated with Halloween. The end of the month usually signifies the end of a term or quarter of school. This shift in terms provides a great time to review parts of speech! Today I'm sharing Halloween grammar parts of speech worksheets you can download and print (free of charge).

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CG Lessons K-5, CG Seasonal Activities Fall

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Printable Halloween Writing Activity & Grammar Terms Crossword Puzzle

For many of us, the onset of Halloween means an end to the first quarter of school. Students might be finishing up projects or taking those first high-stakes tests of the year. Because students work at different speeds, some groups or individuals might be done with a project while others needs more time. Download two Halloween-themed printables students can use when they finish assignments or an exam early!

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CG Writing Lessons K-5, CG Seasonal Activities Fall

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Teaching Students the Different Writing Formats; 8 Printables to Get You Started

As you head back to the classroom, download eight resources that will assist you in teaching students the different writing formats! These posters and worksheets will be a great addition to your teaching toolkit.

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CG Teaching Strategies Worksheets, CG Seasonal Activities Fall

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

4 Classroom Icebreakers to Kick Off the School Year

At the beginning of the school year, teachers have the responsibility to establish classroom routines, get to know students’ names, and immediately put in place the values and beliefs for the culture of the room. Classroom icebreakers provide the perfect opportunity to accomplish all of those tasks!

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CG Lessons 9-12, CG Lessons 6-8, CG Seasonal Activities Fall

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Reinforce the Importance of Grammar & Writing with a Superstar Certificate

I remember the days of teaching grammar when students’ eyes glazed over and they checked out of the lesson. While not every day can be filled with the most engaging, out-of-your-seat activity, there is a great teaching tip that encourages students to engage with the text. Because writing and grammar are often intertwined, there are three steps that address both aspects. Many teachers have used this format and I will borrow the terms from Penny Kittle to help us remember: Bless, Press, and Address.

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CG Teaching Strategies Worksheets, CG Seasonal Activities Fall

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Halloween Sticky Sentences Grammar & Writing Activity (K–12)

I am always looking for grammar exercises that get students out of their seats. I have used the following Halloween activity with ninth-grade students, and while it would be appropriate for grades 6-9, it can also be adjusted for lower and upper grades.

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CG Writing Lessons 9-12, CG Writing Lessons K-5, CG Writing Lessons 6-8, CG Seasonal Activities Fall

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