It's that time of year! Teachers are busy, busy! Busy teaching, busy with regular life, busy with holiday shopping, decorating, baking, and social engagements. It's not the time to drop the ball on your teaching, but you want to make memories for your students too! So you're wondering if you should have an Elf on the Shelf in the classroom! The antics of that little elf on the shelf in the ... Read More about Should You Have an Elf on the Shelf in Your Classroom?
What activities do you incorporate into your daily literacy? I try to pack as much meaningful content into my literacy block as possible with the core daily literacy activities: word work (spelling and phonics), reading activities (book clubs, read to self, listening station), and writing. If you want to see how I schedule all of this, read this blog post. My 90 minute reading block is a busy ... Read More about Daily Literacy Activities
Making your literacy block fun, fresh, and engaging each month can be a real struggle. My students love themed literacy block activities for reading, writing, and word work. Each month there are different writing prompts, fun journals, and themed graphic organizers for reading and listening stations included in the Daily Literacy Activities unit. Writing Station One of my students' favorite ... Read More about Themed Literacy Block Activities
By this time of year, you know you need to find good reading comprehension passages with questions and interventions for some of your students! Those are not always easy to find, and much less easy to find passages that you think your students will enjoy! I finally wrote my own nonfiction passages and questions and packed it with useful content and measures so that I could get the most bang for my ... Read More about Reading Comprehension and Interventions Made Easy
Why Chapter Books? Y'all 3rd grade reading can be tough! 3rd graders know how to read for the most part, so this is the year they get tested on it... and it can make them hate to read! I have found that using chapter books for third grade reading groups and comprehension can help instill a love of reading that will last even though they are tested. This list of favorite chapter books for third ... Read More about Favorite Chapter Books for Third Grade