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Language Arts K/3

How to Make A Flat Stanley Summer Project

How to Make A Flat Stanley Summer Project

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
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Making Words Fun! Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students

Making Words Fun!  Lesson Ideas for Elementary Students

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.


St. Patrick’s Day Idioms

St. Patrick’s Day Idioms

Guest post by Lori Wolfe St Patrick’s Day is right around the corner! I love using this holiday to teach about idioms!


TeachChat Archive: Does Daily 5 Work for All Grade Levels? – October 30, 2013

TeachChat Archive:  Does Daily 5 Work for All Grade Levels? – October 30, 2013

The Daily 5 structure is being used in many elementary classrooms throughout the country.  Despite much success by some, others struggle to implement it in their classrooms.  The question naturally becomes, “Is the Daily 5 structure appropriate for all grade levels?”  The teachers in #TeachChat discussed their trials and successes during the October 30th chat.
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Solution Sunday: Sight Word Practice and Mastery

Solution Sunday:  Sight Word Practice and Mastery

  The Problem:  Mastering sight words is a critical skill that students must learn.  These foundational words are what will help them become better readers, better writers, and better students overall.  You have tried to post sight words around the room, even those below grade level, to help your students learn and remember them.  Flash
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Friendship Books for the Writing Center

Friendship Books for the Writing Center

Making friends can be challenging for your students.  Knowing what a friend is and how a friend acts are important lessons that occur during the elementary years.  Help your students figure out the ins and outs of being a good friend by talking about it in class while creating a Friendship Book.  Shape books are
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Booking Across the USA to Combine Geography and Literature

Booking Across the USA to Combine Geography and Literature

Picture books are sometimes overlooked for their perceived simplicity when their illustrations can actually create a story that rivals some of the greatest literary works of all time.  Using picture books for older students is a great way to tap into some new resources that appeal to all children.  A group of bloggers comprised mostly
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Word Walls by Hadar Maor

Word Walls by Hadar Maor

by Hadar Maor, Monthly Columnist Word walls are an integral part of any classroom. It is a great way to provide a rich-print environment, to give students access to their learning, and to teach them how to use references during the day in a busy classroom!  I’ve included some tips on setting up word walls
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Common Core Lesson Plan: Johnny Appleseed Fall Poetry Craft

Common Core Lesson Plan:  Johnny Appleseed Fall Poetry Craft

Jonathan Chapman, also known as Johnny Appleseed, is credited with introducing apple seeds throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana.  While many of the stories about his life and travels are the stuff of American legends, his contribution to the nation’s landscape is evident when the apple harvest begins.  Introduce your students to Johnny Appleseed with
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Boost Skills with Audio & Video Feedback

Boost Skills with Audio & Video Feedback

Idea by Dawn, 2nd Grade Teacher, Powell, TN I have found that offering my students a video recorder and/or computer so they can record their own learning efforts is a powerful teaching strategy. I have students record their own vocabulary and spelling words, phonics cards, and leveled readers. I also have them record their own
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