ELA, Uncategorized

Book Pockets for Conferring, Discussing, & Checking-in on Reading (FREEBIE Inside!)

The book pockets revolve around the characters of the book, author's purpose, the setting, metacognitive work, and the plot of the story. Students must infer, draw evidence from the text, and explain their thinking using their own schema to answer the questions within the book pocket.

ELA

Before You Level Your Library, Hear Me Out…

TRUTH: teachers want what is best for their students. As I write this blog post and as I have interacted with other educators online, I hold this truth at the forefront of my mind. I know we are all coming from a place of love and when I ground myself in that, I can see the concerns of educators coming forward in this issue.

ELA, math, TpT Resources

Math WebQuests: Simply the BEST!

Whether it's the beginning of a unit and you want to review expectations from a previous year, or it's the end of a unit and you want students to review content, WebQuests are amazing tools. 

Back To School, ELA, math, TpT Resources, Useful Teacher Tools

Six MUST HAVE Downloadable Resources for Your Glorious Return to the Classroom this Fall!

We're headed back to school in the blink of an eye, teacher rockstars. While you savor these last several weeks of summer, check out the handful of resources below that I consider my back to school MUST HAVES!

ELA, math, Performance Task Assessment, TpT Resources

“So You Want to be a YouTuber?” A Project Based Learning Activity

The conversation goes the same almost every time, an equal split between genders: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" "A YouTuber," the student replies.  A YouTuber. I need to remember that to make meaningful connections to our learning across the curriculum. "What type of YouTube videos do you want to make: streaming video games? Toy testing? Daily vlogs? Something entirely different?"

ELA, Useful Teacher Tools

Reading Conference Data Made ORGANIZED & MEANINGFUL with Editable Binder!

At the beginning of this school year, I was starting my second go-around with reader's workshop, a model of instruction that just feels too good to be true every single day. However, over the previous year, I hadn't nailed down any great way to organize my data for reader's workshop. It was this looming bit… Continue reading Reading Conference Data Made ORGANIZED & MEANINGFUL with Editable Binder!

ELA, math, Performance Task Assessment

Geolympic Games: A HANDS-ON and ENGAGING Geometry Activity

It started like this (as many great teacher ideas do) over lunch: "How will we wrap up our geometry unit?" my colleague implored. "I checked out the performance task for this chapter and it's great!" another responded (P.S. She was right, they are great, and we used the performance task, too!). "What if we could… Continue reading Geolympic Games: A HANDS-ON and ENGAGING Geometry Activity

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A Crime Scene Investigation: A Lesson in Making Inferences

I have always sworn, students are a bit crazier the WEEK BEFORE the week before a vacation. I totally understand the "Santa Claus is comin' to town" mentality, because honestly I live that life SO hard. I do have a new set of eyes as a first year teacher and, wow, the excitement and happiness in my classroom is at an all-time high. So anyways, back to the WEEK BEFORE the week before a vacation. That week is upon us...and I have something to help you out!