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Fun Test Prep- 5 Easy Ideas

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5 fun test prep ideas

Fun test prep that is rigorous can sometimes be difficult to find. Is this the way your students look at you when you start your test prep? OH NO! This is not what you want to deal with for the next several weeks of reviewing for the state test. I want to share with you FIVE FUN  test prep ideas that have worked well with my students. Hopefully you won’t see this look again. 1.  Scavenger Hunt with Task Cards Task cards are…

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Camp Write Along

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camp write along

It’s that time of the year! Writing test time. Ugh! In Texas the 4th graders have to take the Writing STAAR test. So now it is time to start reviewing for the test. One of the traditions at our school is Camp Write Along. The kids that have been at our school for a while always look forward to it. It really is helpful and you can definitely see a huge growth in the student’s writing. This is what my…

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DIY Classroom Decor

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Easy DIY Classroom Decor

I’m always looking for some easy DIY classroom decor. Quill has come up with easy ways to “Jazz Up” your classroom. Easy DIY Classroom decor 1. Below you will learn how to make almost anything in your class a chalkboard with chalkboard paint. 2. Maybe you want some easy ideas for storing classroom supplies, scroll down to see what you can do. 3. There are also some directions on how to create crate benches below. 4. Finally make sure to read…

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Plan a Christmas Vacation- Math Project

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Plan a Christmas Vacation in Orlando

It’s Christmas time and you still need to teach the math standards but your students aren’t focused on learning. All they can think about are the presents they want for the holidays.  What can you do to keep your students engaged with math? Let them plan their Christmas Vacation! Math Project- Christmas Vacation This is a fun math activity to do with a group of students. I had groups of 3 to 4 kids work together to plan a Christmas…

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5 Creative Ways to Use Task Cards in the Classroom

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Task Cards are a great way to review concepts in your classroom. There are so many ways you can use task cards other than putting them in a work stations.  I want to share with you 5 creative ways you can use task cards in your room that your students are going to love. #1. Use them as a scavenger hunt This is one of my favorite way to use task cards. You can put them up in the halls or in…

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Back to School Tips

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It’s back to school time! There’s  so much going on that sometimes I don’t even know where to start. It feels like I’m being pulled in all directions. Well I need to remind myself that I’m not Superwoman and I need to stop and take a deep breath. I will do what I can and let the rest go. I’ve been doing this long enough to know that some things can be let go. So here are some back to school tips…

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Sub Plans- Ready for an emergency

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sub plans

Your alarm goes off at 5:30 am.  You’ve been up all night with your 3-year-old daughter because she has been throwing up all night. You are worn out and your daughter is laying on top of you in your bed because you haven’t changed her sheets yet. She can’t go to daycare sick so you call in for a sub and go back to sleep. Wait! That’s not what happens. Let’s try the scenario again. Your alarm goes off at…

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Classroom Cleaning Hacks

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I really like my classroom to look nice and clean. We all know that after about 2 weeks into the school year, things start to look dingy. The white boards are no longer white, they are kind of grayish, yellowish color. I’m really not sure what color that is. They definitely don’t have that color in a box of crayons. I’m always looking for better ways to clean my classroom and help it stay looking new throughout the year. Here…

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Five Things to do in the summer before school starts

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getting ready for school in the summer

It’s summertime! We made it through another school year. So now what should we do? Do you picture yourself sitting on the beach sipping a yummy drink? Let’s be honest, most of us don’t really do that. The beach is fun but, you usually leave burnt and sand in places you really don’t want to talk about. So let’s be realistic, what are you really going to do? I’m going to tell you five things you should do this summer before school…

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Guided Reading- What do I do with fluent readers?

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guided reading fluent readers

Guided reading has been around for over 15 years. One of my graduate classes was on Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading. It worked great in the younger grades for teaching small group. I used it with my 1st graders for a couple of years and started using it in 2nd grade.  It was great for my struggling readers but my higher readers didn’t really need phonics anymore. I did some book studies with them but I didn’t really know what else I could…

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