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Poetry Portfolio Lapbook Assessment

By Amber Ernst / November 20, 2019 /

Looking for a great engaging way to end your poetry unit? Look no further! This lapbook serves as a fun assessment for your students to show all they know about poetry! This is perfect for upper elementary with little prep and samples ready for you! This makes a useful assessment tool that I keep to show at conferences all year long!

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Poetry Analysis: Analyzing Poetry for Grades 4-8

By Amber Ernst / November 11, 2019 /

I was in desperate need of some great poetry to live up to the CCSS and that was how Poetry Analysis was born. My students needed rigorous texts that showed them how to critically think about poetry more than the surface level rhyming funny poems we had been studying.

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Poetry Analysis

By Amber Ernst / January 3, 2016 /

    HAVE YOU EVER….needed something and wished you had it right on hand?!   This resource is for you!  I’m telling you- I looked at the CCSS exemplar texts for poetry and knew I needed to kick my butt into gear to get my kids ready for some rigorous poetry but still have a…

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Poetry Assessment – Lapbook Style

By Amber Ernst / November 12, 2014 /

Poetry is one of my ALL TIME favorite topics to teach. It used to be scary. Yes I’ll admit that, but I’ve come to see it for what it can be. I’m a Shel Silverstein funny poetry is my jam type of person. I love to laugh and love incorporating that into the classroom. BUT…

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Poetry in the Sky

By Amber Ernst / May 16, 2013 /

We have been working on our last unit in writing- Poetry!! Fun stuff let me tell you. With it being the end of the year and all, we haven’t gotten to every type of poem but we have done some.  We know haiku and worked on line breaks to start and talked about how poetry…

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Poetry Tech Tips!

By Amber Ernst / April 25, 2013 /

First things first: check out my giveaway that went live TODAY!  Click the pic for more info! Ok- so surviving has been my tactic for the last couple weeks and I have finally kicked myself in gear!  Whew taking over a classroom at the end of the year is intense but glad I’m finally getting a…

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Figurative Language Interactive Tab Book

By Amber Ernst / November 20, 2019 /

Looking for a great way to introduce figurative language to your students?! This interactive tab book featuring a superhero theme is great for any elementary classroom! Who can resist superheroes?!

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Genre Tab Book – Interactive with QR linked stories

By Amber Ernst / November 11, 2019 /

Looking for a way to incorporate higher order thinking into your reading instruction and exploring different genres with your students – here it is! This product would be phenomenal for beginning of the year instruction, end of year review, interactive notebooks, or the 40 book challenge! Each page comes linked with a read aloud appropriate for that genre on a QR code. (the story and link is also included on the bottom if you don’t have access to QR readers) Each page contains a definition, characteristics of that genre, open ended questions (you can use linked story or one from your reading series). Below are the genres included and skills covered.

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Test Prep Campout – Classroom Transformation

By Amber Ernst / March 31, 2017 /

The day finally came for our TEST prep campout and it could not have gone better! The tents were set up and it was time to review what we had learned from the year! Setting the stage is so important. My students loved the setup and it was pretty easy to make happen. We used…

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NO 1:1 = NO PROBLEM

By Amber Ernst / May 17, 2016 /

What can you do with little tech…to greatly improve instruction?! Here are some ideas we used this year that you can rock with just 1 computer or iPad! 1.  TWITTER – now as an individual I hardly use twitter (gasp!) I’ve tried and tried and had no success with sticking with it BUT for Global…

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