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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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Literature-Based Word Wall Activities

Literature-Based Word Wall Activities

Idea by Rachael, 4th Grade Teacher, Holden, MA In addition to employing traditional strategies for teaching grammar, I find my students truly enjoy learning and using the language employed by their favorite authors. In our classroom, we have a “Fabulously Rich Word Wall” that offers students the ability to readily view new words and use
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Writing with Purpose & Meaning

Writing with Purpose & Meaning

Idea by Patty, Special Education Teacher, Cold Spring, MN Good writing practice dictates that students need the opportunity to engage in a wide array of authentic writing experiences. These can include making lists, taking notes, crafting stories, creating journal entries, formulating essays, jotting notes to you and each other, formulating summaries, etc. For students to
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Language in Motion

Language in Motion

Idea by Marie, 1st Grade Teacher, Las Vegas, NV When teaching phonics, I always use American Sign Language. I have a poster of the sign language alphabet in my room. I also use hand signs for things like flower, tree, run, kick, and more.