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Easy & Inexpensive Student Gifts

We are right in the middle of the holiday season, arguably the busiest (and most expensive) time of the year.  This season can feel stressful, as we quickly find ourselves running out of both time and money.  Even so, we want to give our students a little something to...

Common Core Posters & Checklists Update

Common Core Posters & Checklists Update

Does tracking your students’ progress on different standards intimidate you?  I totally get it.  Depending on what grade and subject you teach, you are trying to keep track of often 25 students at a time, with most of you tracking more.  How do you effectively keep...

Learning Through Fun

Learning Through Fun

Do you take time to play in your classroom?  Over the last month, we have taken a good look at games in the classroom.  We’ve discussed why games are important for your students. We’ve looked at what games are the best to use in your classroom. And we’ve even talked...

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Easy & Inexpensive Student Gifts

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I’m sharing gift ideas that won’t break your bank and don’t take a lot of time and energy. Keep your sanity intact with these easy gift ideas!

Common Core Posters & Checklists Update

Common Core Posters & Checklists Update

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Learning Through Fun

Learning Through Fun

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A Free Helpful Guide to the 4th Grade FSA ELA Test

A Free Helpful Guide to the 4th Grade FSA ELA Test

Don't forget read the rest of the "FSA ELA Changes" Series. 10 Changes to the FSA ELA Test You Need to Know About A Free Helpful Guide to the 3rd Grade FSA ELA Test A Free Helpful Guide to the 4th Grade FSA ELA Test A Free Helpful Guide to the 5th Grade FSA ELA Test A...

A Free Helpful Guide to the 3rd Grade FSA ELA Test

A Free Helpful Guide to the 3rd Grade FSA ELA Test

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10 Changes to the FSA ELA Test You Need to Know

10 Changes to the FSA ELA Test You Need to Know

Don't forget read the rest of the "FSA ELA Changes" Series. 10 Changes to the FSA ELA Test You Need to Know About A Free Helpful Guide to the 3rd Grade FSA ELA Test A Free Helpful Guide to the 4th Grade FSA ELA Test A Free Helpful Guide to the 5th Grade FSA ELA Test A...

Hidden Gems I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Hidden Gems I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Although I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted gets off to a slow start, it is worth hanging in there. Upper elementary readers will relate to Mamie, who doesn’t quite know where she fits in or who she is. The story is set in the summer of 1969, right...

How to Write a Bibliography for a Research Paper

How to Write a Bibliography for a Research Paper

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills in Grades 3-8" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Easily Teach Students how to Take Research Notes How to...

How to Quickly Write a Research Paper

How to Quickly Write a Research Paper

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills in Grades 3-8" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Easily Teach Students how to Take Research Notes How to...

How to Organize a Research Paper Outline

How to Organize a Research Paper Outline

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills in Grades 3-8" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Easily Teach Students how to Take Research Notes How to...

Easily Teach Students How to Take Research Notes

Easily Teach Students How to Take Research Notes

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills in Grades 3-8" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Easily Teach Students how to Take Research Notes Research...

How to Select Effective Research Topics

How to Select Effective Research Topics

Please also make sure to check out the rest of the "Teaching Research Skills" series. Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary and Middle School Grades How to Select Effective Research Topics Research Note Taking Research Outlining Research Paper Writing Research...

Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary & Middle School Grades

Teaching Research Skills in Upper Elementary & Middle School Grades

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Hidden Gems: Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

Hidden Gems: Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya has won a number of book awards since it was published. The story revolves around Arturo and his attempt to save his family’s restaurant. Readers will enjoy learning about Arturo’s Cuban family and how they built their...

How to Easily Create an Integrated Unit Lesson Plan

How to Easily Create an Integrated Unit Lesson Plan

As teachers are expected to cover more and more standards, time always becomes an issue. For example, a lot of people complain that cursive writing isn’t stressed as much as it was in the past, but there isn’t time to teach everything. New standards, such as...

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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.
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