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Expository Text List

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • December 10th, 2017

Expository Text List Catorgirized by Text Structure

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Guided Math Games: Backpacks

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • December 8th, 2017

Math backpacks are a great way to motivate students to practice their math skills at home. A Math Backpack is a simple backpack filled with focused math games, that have been played in the classroom that students take home to practice for a day or week.

 

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3 Ways to Spice Up Your Book Talks

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • December 8th, 2017

Book Talks are a great way to create excitement and motivate your students to read! Educators can create even more excitement when they too create a book talk. Here are 3 ways to perform book talks for your students to get them excited about reading.

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Holiday Classroom Outreach Opportunities

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • December 8th, 2017

December is great month to teach your students about the gift of giving! So many times kids get the message that the holidays are about ourselves and getting what we want but, really it's about so much more! Children need to be involved in discussions about how to care and give to others. Read texts about generosity, empathy, and serving others. Here are some ideas for giving back with your students this season!

 

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Genre Focus: Literary Nonfiction

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • November 9th, 2017

November is great month to shift your genre focus to literary nonfiction! Literary nonfiction, also known as narrative nonfiction, is simply true stories. Biographies, autobiographies, sports writings, personal narratives, and interviews are all examples of literary nonfiction.

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25 Days of Quick Writes

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • October 11th, 2017

Writer’s Workshop should start and end with writing connected texts.
Quick writes are a great way to kick off writer’s workshop or any class, really.
Tell students to write as much as they can, as good as they can, as quick as they can. Set a timer for one to five minutes.

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Digital Book Talks Using Tellagami

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • October 10th, 2017

Use the Tellagami app to achieve this learning goal:  I can create a recording of a report on a book or article I have read independently, giving important details and speaking in complete sentences.

 

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Anchor Charts 101

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • October 9th, 2017

Anchor charts have become a buzz word in the education world over the past five years. The intended reason for an anchor chart is to "anchor" the critical content needed to be learned. Here are some essential components of the buzz-worthy anchor charts.

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Guided Math: Number Talks

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • October 9th, 2017

Number talks are an easy way to start your math block off with a bang! Students are engaged in a mental math activity that gets them thinking strategically about numbers and how they work.

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Writing Stations That Increase Achievement

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • October 9th, 2017

The purpose of a station or center is to give students independent practice on skills, strategies, or processes in order to become proficient. Stations are a "second stop” for practicing once students have conceptual understanding, but need time and new situations to apply in order to deepen their understanding and become more fluent.

So given what you’ve already taught so far this year (or last year), what do students need to review or practice when it comes to writing?

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