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guided reading fluent readers

Guided Reading- What do I do with 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

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Teaching Place Value

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

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December Pick 3 Pinterest Party

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

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Thanksgiving Read Alouds

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

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Classroom DIY- Monday Made It

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

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end of year math project

Let’s Plan a Vacation- 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 cooperative activity to get

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Spring in Our Step Linky

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

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How to Review Poetry

You’ve taught all the standards and now it is time to review before the big test. How are you going to review poetry? This is one of the standards that my class is still struggling with. As I was going around during the Mock STAAR test, the students were doing

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Pick 3 Pinterest Linky- February

I am linking up  again with the great ladies from PAWSitively Teaching and The Inspired Owl for  Pick 3 Pinterest Linky. I will be sharing 3 Pinterest picks that look like a lot of fun to do in the month of February. There are so many celebrations in February that it is

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Pick 3 Pinterest Linky- January

I am linking up  again with the great ladies from PAWSitively Teaching and The Inspired Owl for  Pick 3 Pinterest Linky. I will be sharing 3 Pinterest picks that I want to do this year in my classroom for the month of January.   This Snowflake Catching Activity looks so cute. I

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Pick 3 Pinterest Linky- December

I am linking up with some great ladies from PAWSitively Teaching and The Inspired Owl for a brand new linky called Pick 3 Pinterest Linky. I will be sharing 3 Pinterest picks that I want to do this year in my classroom for the month of December. I love when

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September 11th in the classroom

It was my first year of teaching on September 11th, 2001. We had been in school less than 30 days. Many of us still remember that day in 2001 like it was yesterday whether you were a teacher or a student in the classroom. Our world drastically changed that day,

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