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Favorite December Activities and Read Alouds

December sometimes feels like a whirlwind; there are concerts, parties, and lots of interruptions to your normal schedules and routines.  Trying to keep your students…

Five Must-Read Mentor Texts for Teaching Persuasive Writing

Are you ready for your students to write persuasive essays with ease? Teaching persuasive writing is such an important skill for elementary students. It can…

5 Ways to Teach Setting and Engage Your Students

When reading a story, one of the most important aspects is the setting. It is oftentimes overlooked by students as they tend to focus more…

Favorite Upper Elementary Read-Aloud Books & Activities for November

November always seems to fly by with days off, conferences, and Thanksgiving.  There is so much going on throughout the month and if you’re like…

A Quick Fix for Student’s Spelling Mistakes

Spelling mistakes: they seem like a never-ending battle!  “How do you spell…..?”  “I don’t know how to spell…” may be familiar statements in many classrooms. …

Teacher Tips for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences always seem to sneak up on you, don’t they? A quick 15-20 minute conference takes a lot of time to prepare for and…

Favorite Mentor Text for Teaching Opinion Writing

Opinion writing is always a fun writing genre to teach.  Students already seem to have an opinion on EVERYTHING…as I’m sure you are aware!  But,…

3 Anchor Charts for Teaching Nonfiction Point of View

Teaching the point of view in a nonfiction text can be a tricky task; it is not as clear-cut as the point of view in…

Activities for Teaching 5 Types of Nonfiction Text Structures

Nonfiction text structures are the way in which a text is organized by the author.  It is an important skill when reading informational text that…

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