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Five Things to do in the summer before school starts

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5 things teachers need to do during 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? Here are 5 things you can do in the 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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Organization Hacks for Classroom Clutter

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Clutter can definitely take over the classroom quickly. As teachers we have every color pen, pencils, folders, and paper for organization. We color code and label everything. Before long all these awesome tools start getting disorganized. Here are some great ideas from Quill for you to get control of the classroom. Brought to you by Quill Which of these ideas do you think you can do? Let me know. Thanks,…

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Teaching Place Value

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Teaching Place Value

Teaching place value is one of the hardest concepts to teach to your upper elementary kids and we always have to teach it at the beginning of the year. The kids have just had several months off and are just getting back into a school routine. You don’t know what the kids can do because you just became their teacher. If this is you, don’t stress. I’m going to show you several ways to help you teach place value to…

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Gingerbread Man Activities

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I love teaching using the Gingerbread Man! My kids in 2nd and 3rd have loved doing all these fun activities. One of the activities that I have done with my students is a Gingerbread Ornament made with cinnamon. This is so easy and make the whole room smell like cinnamon. The ingredients are cinnamon, applesauce, and glue. That’s it! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/259097784788194919/ These are not mine but click on the picture to take you to the link on how to make them. Another fun…

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December Pick 3 Pinterest Party

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I am linking up with some great bloggers to share 3 Pinterest ideas I am planning on doing this month in my classroom. There are so many activities that can be done in the classroom in December. It was hard to pick only 3. I teach 4th grade this year so I wanted to do something for older kids. Click on Image to View Original Pin I love this idea of reindeer portraits! I enjoy going to those painting parties…

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Thanksgiving Read Alouds

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the holiday that seems to get overlooked a lot. We just finished all the fun Halloween books and we are getting all our winter and Christmas books ready. Don’t forget that there are some great Thanksgiving read alouds that your students will love!   Fiction Thanksgiving Books One of my favorite read alouds is  Thanksgiving at the Tappletons by  Eileen Spinelli. This is a story about all the trouble that come along with fixing Thanksgiving dinner. The turkey slides out the door…

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Classroom DIY- Monday Made It

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I have been busy doing some classroom DIY lately so I decided to link up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. Classroom DIY- Texans Theme I wanted to choose a different classroom theme this year since I was switching classrooms and grade levels. I am looping with my students from 3rd grade to 4th grade. I really wanted to do a theme that my class would love. After a lot of thought I decided to do a Texans…

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Let’s Plan a Vacation- Math Project

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end of year math project

So it’s finally the end of the year! We have learned all the standards, and now we need to figure out what we are going to do with the kids to keep them engaged. Well let’s plan a summer vacation! This math project is a great cooperate activity to get your kids excited about doing math. How it Works This math activity is great to do in groups of 3 to 4 kids. A group of students will get a…

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Spring in Our Step Linky

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I am joining some great ladies for a fun Spring in Our Step Linky! I’m so glad it is finally Spring. I know we, in the south, were very lucky to have a mild winter compared to the north but, I am still very thankful for the warmer weather. I am going to share with you some of the things that I am celebrating this Spring.   I am very excited that my house will begin being built within the next week. We…

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