Character development and understanding a character’s feelings can be challenging topics of discussion for any student. Barb, a Title One Teacher in Texas, shared with us how she helps her students grasp these concepts. It all begins with a pumpkin and some magic markers.
October 4-10 is National Fire Prevention Week and, in many states, fire safety is a mandated part of the school curriculum. Finding new and exciting ways to teach fire safety to your students can be challenging, especially if you teach older elementary grades. We have gathered some great resources and links for you to
Understanding the parts of speech is vital for students as they move toward more complex writing skills. Thankfully, teaching them about the different parts of speech can be a lot of fun. Through interactive and engaging lessons, your students will quickly pick up on the parts of speech. Try the ideas below to get started!
Guest post by Jessica from Astute Hoot. Using picture clues or detecting, is a key strategy for beginning readers. Pictorial clues can serve as a bridge to decoding strategies such as sounding out and blending and also compensate for weak decoding skills in struggling readers. Pictures can also increase comprehension by providing elaboration for a
Reading fluency is the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with comprehension. While it may sounds easy enough, developing fluency skills is not always easy. Students often struggle with it and really good teachers know that it takes more than just a quick lesson to foster. This clever idea from Deborah, a 2nd
Get your students to hoot and holler over informational text with a shared research unit. In my classroom, I created Owls Are A Hoot: An Informational Text Unit to engage students in rigorous, complex text. Before the unit, I gathered a variety of leveled informational text sources, purchased owl pellets, and created cute owl folders
Imagine a child mailing himself to relatives to get away for the summer. Oh the adventures he would have and mischief he might cause! If you have ever read the 1964 children’s book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, you know that in the story a little boy does just that. For years, children and
by Jessica, Astute Hoot Students are more successful when they monitor and reflect upon their thinking and learning. Cultivate a classroom of self-reflective learners using these strategies:
For some students, learning about and understanding words is a real challenge. As teachers, it is up to us to help them and make learning fun. The three ideas below were sent in by really good teachers who know that when word lessons are exciting, students retain more and are more successful.
by Jessica, Astute Hoot Wondering how to integrate multiple strategies within context of authentic literature? Are you overwhelmed at thought of planning a comprehensive literature study? At last, the secret to successful literature studies is revealed in 5 simple steps. Sound too good to be true? It’s not! Literature Studies Made Easy