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6th Grade ELA BEST Standards

6th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can sixth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards? What are sixth grade students now expected to learn? In this post, I will quickly analyze the changes and how they will affect your...

5th Grade ELA BEST Standards

5th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can fifth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards? What are fifth grade students now expected to learn? In this post, I will quickly analyze the changes and how they will affect your...

4th Grade ELA BEST Standards

4th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can fourth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards? What are fourth grade students now expected to learn? In this post, I will quickly analyze the changes and how they will affect your...

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6th Grade ELA BEST Standards

6th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can sixthd grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards?

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5th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can fifth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards?

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4th Grade ELA BEST Standards

What can fourth grade teachers expect from the new Florida BEST Standards for language arts? How do they compare to the LAFS standards?

5 Overlooked Signs of a Struggling Reader

My son and I have been reading a chapter a day to improve his reading.  Our "tutoring" has really reinforced to me how many signs I missed that he had a reading problem. Even with all my teacher training and reading professional development, I didn't know that he...

Hidden Gems: Death by Toilet Paper

I recently spotted Death By Toilet Paper by Donna Gephart at the school book fair.  I mean, just look at that cover!  I actually picked it up a few times before I committed to buying it.  Usually a book featuring toilet paper in its title would not be...

Yahtzy: An Easy Way to Learn & Have Fun + a Freebie!

Are you looking for easy ways to increase engagement in math and grammar?  Yahtzy games are the BEST!  They are easy to learn and play, and require few supplies.  Yahtzy also has differentiation built into the game!  Players that need more time can take it, or players...

Hidden Gems: The Lincoln Project

Have you ever gotten to the point where you have read everything in all of your favorite series and are just desperate to find a new one?   I really hope I am not the only one who feels this way.  I recently had to go to the book store to get a study guide...

3 Quick Tips for Using Task Cards

Are you in love with task cards?  I really love the way task cards allow students to work at their own pace.  I also appreciate being able to print them once and use them over and over again.  However, after using them a few times I wanted to find new...

Hidden Gems: Little Cat’s Luck

For this month's Hidden Gem, I discovered Little Cat's Luck by Marion Dane Bauer.  This is a novel written in verse, which I found to be a fresh writing style that many students may not have experienced.  It would be a great choice for poetry month in April!...

Make Your Classroom Sensory Friendly

Over the past year, I read a few articles that discussed making classrooms less visually stimulating for learners.  They discuss how walls cluttered with posters actually distract learners rather than helping them.  However, I think these studies miss the...

Hidden Gems: Dear Hank Williams

For this week's Hidden Gems selection, I picked  Dear Hank Williams by Kimberly Willis Holt.  I found this when I was looking at our library's new book shelf, and the title just grabbed me.  This historical fiction novel is set in Louisiana after World...

Hidden Gems: Children of the Dustbowl

For me, one of my absolutely favorite times of the day is read aloud time.  Sometimes I have students make suggestions, but other times I picked the book.  Hidden Gems is a new blog series that will feature great read alouds and mentor texts that students...

7 Time Saving Tips for Interactive Notebooks

If you are like me, when you first heard of interactive notebooks you probably thought, "Who has time for kids to cut and glue all the time?"  However, there are a few simple strategies that teachers can use to help save time when using interactive notebooks.1....

How to Use Interactive Notebooks in Social Studies

After years of teaching online, I returned to the classroom a few years ago.  I had read so many blog posts about interactive notebooks, but I just couldn’t get myself to use them.  I mean, just how did those teachers get the kids to cut and...

Use Classroom Presentations to Engage Parents and Students

We worked so hard on our opinion writing pieces that we held an open house.  (Actually, I figured out that students tried a lot harder if they knew other people were coming to see their work.)  We scheduled the open house after our award ceremony, so we had...

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  • I believe that students need to be the leaders of the classroom. Even third graders are old enough to be held accountable and to take responsibility for their learning.
  • I do not believe that kids were made to sit in seats. They need to get up and move around.
  • Differentiated instruction is a must. I use guided reading and guided math groups to meet the individual needs of my students.
  • Helping a student to discover their love for reading is a privilege that I never get tired of.
  • School should be fun! We party in my class!