Tales from Distance Learning

Such strange times we are living in.  As I write this post, I am still in quarantine, but the state is slowly starting to reopen.  I am in an area with more cases of COVID-19, so we will be a week behind the rest of the state.  The last day that I was in school with my students was Friday, March 13, 2020. Our school year is winding down, with only a few days left of school… A little background… I am fortunate enough to be in a school system where the students have 1:1 devices.  All students in our

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Ideas for Writing Journals for Elementary Students

I LOVE using Writing Journals with my students.  So much, that I am doing a blog series about Writing Journal Ideas for Elementary Students!  Welcome to Part 2!  If you missed Part 1, you can find it HERE! Writing Journal Ideas Part 2: Writing Journal Types Just as varied as styles, there are tons of different types of journals you could have in your classroom. Subject Journals:  You could have journals for any of the subjects that you teach.  This could lead to having a TON of journals.  Or, if you are using a binder as a journal you could have different sections

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5 Journal Ideas for Elementary Students

I LOVE using Writing Journals with my students.  So much, that I am doing a blog series about Journal Ideas for Elementary Students!  Welcome to Part 1! Please note that this post does contain Amazon Affiliate links.  If you purchase anything from Amazon through these links I receive a small commission at no cost to you! Keep reading and don’t forget to grab your freebie! 5 Journal Ideas for Elementary Students! Creating Writing Journals To get started you will need some journal writing ideas of the type of journals that you want to create for or with your students.  There

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Fun Teaching Ideas for January: #2 is my Favorite!

Welcome Back!  It’s time to start thinking about getting back into the groove!  I don’t know about you, but the school year FLIES after Christmas Break!  So, I am here to share some teaching ideas for January.Please note that this post does contain Amazon Affiliate links.  If you purchase anything from Amazon through these links I receive a small commission at no cost to you!Keep reading and don’t forget to grab your freebie! Teaching Ideas for January: Back to School “Bootcamp” So, the first few days of school back from the break we spend some time reviewing our classroom rules

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Organizing Your Classroom Library

So, if you have been around here at all, you will know that I am a children’s book addict enthusiast.  My classroom library is more of a library that has a classroom in it.  This year though my classroom library was starting to become a point of stress in my classroom. What do I mean?  Let me show you. It may help you with organizing your classroom library! This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon. Before my Classroom Library Makeover: A lot of my book boxes were stored on these metal cubes.  They worked FANTASTIC for the first few

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Pattern Block Activities (with freebies)

I LOVE using pattern blocks in my classroom!  There are so many great activities that you can do with these versatile math manipulatives!  Read on to see how I use these fun math tools in my classroom. This blog post does contain an affiliate link for Amazon.  If you choose to purchase something through the links provided, I do receive a small commission at no cost to you.  I use this money to purchase things for my classroom that I blog about. Thank you for your support! Pattern block activities are always a hit with my kiddos.  I even had

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Mentor Text Monday: Mealworm Life Cycle

  Hello all!  It’s that time of year again!  It’s time to study the life cycle of the mealworm or darkling beetle!  Are you ready?  I have a fantastic book that is perfect for your study and a Mealworm Life Cycle observation freebie! This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon (if you would like to get your own copy of this book!).     I came across this awesome book several years ago when I started teaching second grade.  I always try to introduce a new topic with a book.  This one is awesome for teaching the life cycle of

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Teacher Hack: One SUPER SIMPLE thing that I do everyday to help my teacher sanity!

So, I have to tell you honestly, I almost feel silly writing this post.  But, teaching is HARD and anything that I can do to help make it even a little easier is always a good thing! This teacher hack is really kind of a no-brainer, but I didn’t put it into practice until last year and it has really helped with my teacher sanity!   Read on! Super Simple Teacher Hack! So, here it is!  I won’t go home at the end of my teaching day until my desk is clean!  No matter what is going on, I always make sure

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8 Fun Morning Work Activities Part 2

  Welcome back to Part 2 of my Morning Work Activities post! So, without further ado, jump right in to check it out and grab your freebies! In my last post, I started talking about Morning Work Activities that don’t involve worksheets!  Check out some other ideas! 5. Talk to your friends! Sometimes the kiddos come in with a story to tell or something that they desperately want to share.  I am not a fan of Show and Tell, or Show and Share, so I try to give them time to just come in and talk to one another.  Sometimes I

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How to Writing with How to Train a Train

Hello all!  Thanks so much for stopping by for another Book Talk Tuesday! This week’s Mentor Text is perfect for teaching How to Writing!   This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon (if you would like to get your own copy of this book!).     This week I am talking about How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton. This is a great book for introducing How To writing and personification.   Of course, if you want a train of your own, you will need to catch one.There are several methods of catching your train so you will

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Mentor Text for Syllables and Haiku

Mentor Texts for Writing: Teaching Syllables and Haiku!

I LOVE teaching my students to write poetry!  I love writing poetry myself. Haiku is my favorite type of poem to teach and to write! I would like to share with you just how I go about teaching this in my classroom and the books that I use to as Mentor Texts for teaching Haiku Writing! I have teamed up with some other amazing teachers from the Reading Crew to bring you this fun hop with great giveaways and freebies! This post contains affiliate links for Amazon.  If you purchase through my link I get a small commission with no cost to

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8 Fun Morning Work Activities Part 1

Ahhh…the first 20 min. of school after you have happily greeted all of your darling cherubs.  We want them to be busy, independent, learning, and calm.  I want my morning work activities to help set the tone for the day.I don’t know how you feel,  but as a teacher, I really don’t want morning work to be something that I have to later grade, so I have a few fun morning work activities(or bell ringer work) that doesn’t involve worksheets or a whole lot of planning! This post is the first in a 2 part series.  Today are ideas 1-4!This post

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