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Christmas Word & Logic Activities

christmasYou know that week in December when you’re constantly called down to the auditorium for concert rehearsals, some of your students are away sick, some have left for vacation early and you have to keep a classroom full of excited kids busy? Christmas is fun and all, but it’s so hard to keep kids interested in learning and it’s a challenging time to introduce new concepts with all those interruptions. What’s a teacher to do? Continue Reading

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Five Novels You Can Use to Teach Students to Face Their Fears

FiveNovelsRead aloud novels are a huge part of our daily literacy routine. We built in fifteen minutes each day where one of us reads from a novel to our students. It is important (even at the higher grades) to model fluency, self-monitoring and questioning techniques when reading aloud to students and we include these minutes in our weekly Language Arts minutes.

Another bonus to having a novel always as the ready is to use it after transitions like recess or lunch to calm students or to fill those minutes between transitions when you’re waiting for another teacher or moving to another location.

Each year we select a theme for choosing our read aloud novels and this year’s theme was protagonists that face their fears. Our goal was to show students that like real people, characters are not perfect and can be challenged to become stronger. Continue Reading

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Twisted Literature Circles

Follow my blog with BloglovinTwisted Literature CirclesFor years I’ve done Literature Circles and tried lots of variations, but this one worked really well with students.  It allowed them some independence while still having accountability. We hosted a book club for students one day a week and used the Twisted Literature Circles lesson and activities to help students organize their learning for the books they read. Continue Reading