How to add details to writing Mini-Lessons

How to Add Details to Writing Mini-Lessons

How to add details to writing is one of the things that I work on teaching my students ALL YEAR LONG! Read on to get more details (see what I did there…)? How to add details to writing Lesson 1: Sensory Details Objectives: I can add details to my writing. I can add sensory details to my writing. First of all, students need to understand what detail is. A detail is something that you add to your writing to make it easier for your reader to understand, or to make your writing more interesting for your writer. Discuss different types

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Transform Your Writing Center with These Quick and Easy March Refresh Tips

Creative Writing Center Activities for March! March is Read Across America Month, so let’s jazz up our writing center with some fun book-related writing activities! This post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Influencer, I may earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. Add Paper: Blank Newspaper Templates When I was a youngster ( a LONG time ago), one of my favorite things to do with my friends was to create and write our own newspaper. We would make a template then each of us would write a story and draw a picture to go with it.

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Valentine’s Vibes: Creative Writing Activities to Refresh Your Classroom Writing Center

Creative Writing Activities for February! Hey there Teacher Friends! Get ready to breathe some fresh air into your classroom writing center with these fun creative writing activities! Get your students excited about your classroom writing center again! This post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Influencer, I may earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. Add Paper: Creative Writing with Sticker Stories Sticker Stories are the perfect addition to your classroom writing center! Students LOVE stickers (Amazon Affiliate Link). Make this creative writing activity a little more fun by putting 2-4 stickers in a reusable heart container

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Unleashing the Power of Books: Getting the Most from Your Classroom Library

Hey there Teacher Friends! Are you ready to embark on a journey through the world of classroom libraries? Buckle up, because we’re about to dive into some exciting tips and tricks to make the most of this treasure trove of knowledge in your classroom. Getting the Most from Your Classroom Library: Keep it Organized! When I first started teaching, I had my students help me organize my classroom library. We decided on organizing by categories. I had a fiction section and a non-fiction section with different colored book bins. I got all of my book bins from Really Good Stuff,

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10 Unique Ways to Test Spelling Skills: Fun Spelling Test Alternatives

Hey there my amazing educator friends! Today I want to share some fun spelling test alternatives to help you assess your student’s spelling skills! Spelling Test Alternatives to Assess Spelling Skills 1. Label it!: Find or create an image with parts your students can label using words from the patterns you are studying. 2. Spelling Skills Race: Similar to the traditional spelling bee. Teams get a point for each letter that is correct when spelling a word. The team with the most points wins! 3. Word Hunt: Provide a passage and let students circle or highlight words in the word

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Explore the World of STEM: Exciting STEM Day Ideas for Primary Learners

Hey there Teacher Friends! Today, I’m beyond excited to share some out-of-this-world tips on how to host a STEM-tastic day in your classroom. Get ready for a super fun day filled with curiosity, creativity, and hands-on learning with these fun STEM day ideas! This post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Influencer, I earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. What is STEM/STEAM? STEM/STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The A in STEAM is for Art. These types of hands-on learning opportunities give your students time to explore a problem and come up with ways

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Seasonal Sparkle: Easy Ways to Update Your Student Writing Center this December

If I can guess, your student writing center is probably the last thing on your mind right now, but, with just a few easy tweaks, you can make your student writing center your student’s favorite spot in the room during December! This post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Influencer, I may earn from qualifying purchases at no cost to you. December Student Writing Center Refresh Add Paper: List Writing Paper Tis the season for making lists! I love teaching list writing! Lists are so super handy, aren’t they? I would be lost without my bullet journal, which really

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Boost Classroom Collaboration with 4 Fun and Simple Ways to Pick Partners

We all know that classroom collaboration is important, but does this happen to you: “Okay, friends, pick a partner and we will get started”. ~Chaos ensues.~ Does this sound like your classroom? I love having students work with a partner or a small group, but the drama involved sometimes puts me over the edge. Here are some fun ways for your students to pick partners without all the drama that worked for me (at least we hope!) Classroom Collaboration There are many benefits to students working collaboratively. Improved interpersonal communication skills, improved social skills, enhanced problem-solving abilities, students are more

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Procedural Writing for Kids with a writing Graphic Organizer!

Procedural Writing for Kids: Mini-Lesson with a Cool Writing Graphic Organizer

Procedural Writing or How-To Writing is always a favorite writing type. Students love to feel like experts and procedural writing gives them the chance to show off their expertise! In this blog post, we’ll explore the benefits of using writing graphic organizers in the classroom and show you how to leverage them to improve your students’ how-to writing abilities. This post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase anything through these links I will receive a small commission at no cost to you! Why Use Graphic Organizers to Teach Writing? Prewriting is an important part of the writing process!

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1 Easy Teacher Hack for Small Group Instruction: Menu Covers!

Ah…Small Group Instruction. It seems so easy, doesn’t it? But, we know better! Here is a fun little hack that will make small-group instruction just a little easier. Menu Covers (yes, the plastic covers that you find in a restaurant with the menu inside) will become your new favorite teaching tool! This post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase anything through these links I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much! The Power of Small Group Instruction Small group instruction is essential for personalized learning. It allows for targeted instruction, individualized support,

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November Writing Center Refresh: 3 Simple and Creative Ways to Makeover Your Student Writing Center!

3 Creative and Simple Ways to Makeover Your Student Writing Center for November

Hey there! Let’s look at some creative and simple ways to makeover your student writing center this November! This post does contain Amazon Affiliate links. If you purchase anything through these links I will receive a small commission at no cost to you! Thanks! November Student Writing Center Refresh Add Paper: Social Media Writing Templates Adding a fun new paper choice is always a great way to get your students excited about your student writing center again! This month you could try adding some fun “Social Media” writing templates. This writing paper template set includes templates for “Instantgram”, “Farcebook”, and “Pinteresting”

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Silly Spooky Halloween Ideas for the Classroom!

5+1 Silly Spooky Fun Halloween Ideas for the Classroom

I love the Fall! Halloween is such a fun time of year. Here are some spooky fun Halloween Ideas for the Classroom that will keep your little goblins engaged throughout October! Halloween Ideas for the Classroom #1: Non-Fiction Text Features! October is a great month for teaching about features of non-fiction! There are so many great non-fiction topics to read about: Pumpkins, Spiders, and Bats (Oh my!). I also loved reading books about Halloween to my students during the month of October. If you have not read Gail Gibbons, you are missing out. These books are written in a narrative

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Pinterest for Teaching: How You Can Use Pinterest to Get Inspired and Enhance Your Teaching

Hey there, teachers! This post is all about using Pinterest for Teaching! I admit, that even though I am not in the classroom anymore I still use Pinterest daily! Here are some ways that you can use Pinterest to help you stay organized and enhance your Teaching! Get ready to be inspired. If you are looking for some great teacher ideas to add to your teacher boards look for me on Pinterest! Pinterest for Teaching: Create Lesson Planning Boards Get organized by creating boards for your lesson plans! Create different boards for each subject or topic you teach, and easily

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