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Understand the new benefits Amazon Echo Dot

There is no doubt that the Echo Dot (Alexa) is becoming a larger and larger presence in today’s classrooms. Amazon released a new Kid’s Edition Echo Dot that might be a good solution for your classroom. Affiliate links contained in this post. Totally not here to debate the privacy/security concerns that some have with Alexa…

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Less Gas In Class – Engaging Readers with Gross Topics

It all starts with the BFG. Now I’m going to admit something somewhat controversial and hope that you might understand. I didn’t really like Roald Dahl before this book.….(run and cowering)…… Is that horrible? I know he is a fantastic author just one I never connected with as a reader and never then passed on…

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Learning Events – Engagement made easy!

    I am loving transforming my classroom to enhance student learning!  It has been such a creative outlet for me as well as my kiddos! I want to share some reasons why these learning events are so fun and how they are tied to content.     1.  Plan around what your kids love!…

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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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Point of View in the Elementary Classroom

Below are some of my favorite books to teach Point of View! Don’t have them in your library? Listen to them on Youtube as read alouds.  Still great opportunity for modeling and stopping and taking notes.  We does this a couple times a week to focus on a skill or these are also available in…

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Inferring in the Elementary Classroom

 The Sweetest Fig is about a man who makes an unwise choice not to believe in the special figs.  This book leaves you to make inferences until the very last page.  It makes a great inferencing book because so much is left up to the reader to put together. Teammates is an awesome historical book…

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Setting in the Elementary Classroom

This might be my favorite book I’ve found since really up-ing my picture book game! This is excellent for setting as each person in the family vividly describes their favorite place and how it all ties together with a new sibling.  So Precious!!  This book is great for details that reflect the setting.  You can…

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Character Traits in the Elementary Classroom

  This beautiful story showcases the juxtaposition of character traits in a great way among the two daughters.  The idea of a traditional tale makes it great to teach a wide variety of topics.  I love the cultural aspect and how well it fits.  It has many great examples and is a great starting point…

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Theme in the Elementary Classroom

I love teaching theme.  Usually teaching 4th grade students have heard and had experience by the time they come to me.  Below are some great stories and activities I love to do with theme! I alwa!ys like to reinforce that theme can *apply to anyone’s life *be a lesson/moral *does not include any character names…

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Summarizing in the Elementary Classroom

I’m so excited to share about summarizing in the elementary classroom! It is a essential skill that we work on heavily in grades 3-5! I’ll share some of my favorite books to teach this strategy and some other fun ways we incorporate it in class.  I love summarizing because I can use fiction and nonfiction…

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