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5 MUST HAVES for Open House (Back to School Night)

Are you ready for the perfect Open House (Back to School) Night?! I’m going to make it easy for you and outline the 5 Must Haves for any B2S night! 1. Forms It is essential to gather information at an Open House Back to School Night, but also to give it as well! I found…

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Prefix Patients

Are you looking for a way engage students in content?! Why not let them be doctors?! This is one of my favorite classroom transformations!  Prefix patients gives students a chance to communicate and practice the meaning of prefixes to make words with self checking patient charts! FIRST – students work with partners and get a…

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Nonfiction “level up” day

Many of you have asked about my Nonfiction Video Game Level Up day – all the details I have to give are below.  This will review text features, nonfiction comprehension, context clues and text structure.  Students will have to complete each level before moving on. I was mainly inspired by this Periscope by Hope King…

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Positive Notes – Building Classroom Community!

This year I knew I wanted to start focused morning meetings with my students.  Once I try them out I’ll write more about ideas I plan to use but this one is something that can be done in any classroom and I know for SURE will be something I use this year to promote our…

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Top 3 – A First Day of School Post for Upper Elementary

How to have the best first day and set the tone for the rest of the year! Obviously setting clear expectations from the start is essential!  I have an awesome 3rd grade teacher (I jokingly call her my job security) because the students really are beautiful when they get to me. Yes I teach in…

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Emoji Intro Back to School Activity!

A back to school activity can be so tricky to come up with. Yes…you might see cool ones….yes they might look good….but we want some substance. I love this because it gives those not immediate talkers a way to warm up and share + I can respond to those students as well! I love the…

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10 Easy Stations for Building Circuits!

  Before moving to the older grades I was petrified of teaching electricity and circuits because I didn’t know! Brushing up on the material is now one of my favorite things to teach with so many ways to showcase their knowledge.  Incorporate some of these projects in your teaching – really – the kids love…

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What your Literacy Block is MISSING!

   A listening center is crucial for any reading block.  Starting out teaching I felt this would be an impossibility for my classroom and had so many unanswered questions – how much? how do I get stories? Where does it go? How do I fit it in?  Here’s my solution to get a listening center…

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