writing

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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We eat IRON?!

We eat IRON?! My students loved this experiment and it could be used for a variety of principles.  We used it while talking about separating mixtures using magnetism. It could easily be tied to elements,  compounds,  mixtures and solutions (and separating them) or even digesting food and how the body needs and processes iron! We…

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Shelfie Thinglink Project

I have seen the idea of a “shelfie” floating around and knew I really wanted to incorporate that this year in my reading classes.   I set some guidelines for this project and am SO HAPPY with how it turned out!   I have loved seeing my students as readers and how much they can…

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FREE Turkey Trot Writing Prompt

I’m in the FREEBIE mood lately – can’t wait to do this with my students today! For Fun Friday this week – we are going to work on this fun writing prompt:  I wanted a little more than the traditional “Turkey in Disguise” this year – although I LOVE that idea, the younger grades already…

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Calling all 4th Grade Teachers…State Capitol Lapbook

If you teach 4th grade (or whatever grade you study state history)…you need this resource! We recently went on a field trip to our state Capitol where every 4th grade goes each year.  It was great and I think I learn something new each time I go.  I wanted the trip to be meaningful for…

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Descriptive Writing – Monster Match

Well of course I couldn’t stop with all the monster-y goodness! We ended up matching up more monsters after we have practiced and worked more on our descriptive writing unit!  I wanted a fun activity and something to give the students an opportunity to write a short description and not an essay since this will…

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Timelines Across the Curriculum

It no secret how much I love the Read Write Think: Student Interactives!!! We recently used the Timeline version in the computer lab but they also have an app that works the same way!  I love how easy it was to use and that after 1 explanation 4th grade was ready to go and succeed.…

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Descriptive Writing 4th Grade – October

We have finished our Personal Narrative pieces and had an amazing author celebration! For the next 6 weeks we will work on Descriptive Writing, ending in a culminating Haunted Halloween piece. To start this unit off with bang – I found these fun ideas from 4th Grade Frolics! We, too, started off with the “Go…

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Personal Narrative Celebration…4th Grade

WOO HOO! We finished our first big writing project of the year – personal narratives and we had a great author celebration to celebrate all our great authors. Our writing units are 6 weeks long and I use plans I found, since we don’t have a writing series to follow.  To make it makes much…

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