I have a list of product ideas that is PAGES long. I have about 5 products that I have started but haven’t finished but I FINALLY finished one that I started in April! My hope was to finish it for Earth Day, but all of the excitement of life made that impossible. I am excited to showcase my new product,… Read More
How I Teach Writing & the Beauty of Flee Maps!
This year we only get 2 weeks off for Winter Break…I know, I know! I should be happy that I get an entire t-w-o weeks off but I am used to three weeks off! I feel like this year’s break has been stacked with activity after activity- and while I am enjoying these activities… I would love a second to… Read More
Winter Poetry Pack- Using Thinking Maps & the 5 Senses
Poetry is a great way to reinforce grammar concepts like parts of speech, figurative language and punctuation. I always have my class make poems for the different seasons or holidays to collect to put in our end of the year scrap book. I had great success with my mini-unit for Fall Poetry, so I decided to create a similar… Read More
Thinking about the rules…..
Today was my first week back and it was great. I am excited about my class and the first three days of going over routines, rules and procedures went well. To introduce my three class rules I used my Thinking about the Rules Activity. Not only was this activity interactive, and engaging but allowed the students to use Thinking Maps…. Read More
Back to School: Thinking Maps Rule Sort
I love to engage each new class in a conversation about classroom rules on the first or second day of school. I have come to find that when talking about class rules, it is important that it is a two-sided (or 30-sided) conversation, one where the students help to define the class norms and expectations. This conversation usually comes after… Read More