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Using Yelp as an Instructional Tool

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • February 7th, 2018

As an educator, I'm always looking for ways to make my teaching relevant and interesting to my students. I want to always be using apps and topics that catch their attention! Yelp does just that!

Yelp is a multinational corporation that hosts crowd-sourced reviews and information on businesses. Yelp is a great mentor texts resource! Yes, mentor texts! Reviews for restaurants, shopping, and gas stations are great expository and persuasive short texts.

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Accountable Talk Matters

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • February 7th, 2018

"Please , don't stop talking!" This is a phrase I thought I would never say in my first few years of teaching, but, as my philosophy of learning has evolved, I've revised my thinking on just how much students need to be talking.

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Crafting Phenomenal Conclusions

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • February 7th, 2018

Teaching students to write is one of the most complex processes to teach! Writing involves a multitude of high level thinking and the ability to make decisions based on purpose and audience. Students must be able to understand the task, produce a plan for completing the writing task, and make key decisions along the way to produce a meaningful composition. There is a tremendous amount of autonomous thought and experimentation that goes into writing a single piece.

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Expository Text List

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

Expository Text List Categorized 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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