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Confidence - Administrative Sparkle

Confidence - Administrative Sparkle

"every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting."    - aldos huxley

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"every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting." - aldos huxley

How-To: Shimmering LED Skirt.  Use this idea to make a belt/sash.  Who needs sequins?!

How-To: Shimmering LED Skirt

How-To: Shimmering LED Skirt. Use this idea to make a belt/sash. Who needs sequins?!

Poetry shouldn't be limited to National Poetry Month in April. Our guest blogger shares lots of ideas for how to teach poems all year, so click through to read all of her suggestions! She's got some ideas that students are sure to love!

Got Poetry? How to Teach Poems All Year

Poetry shouldn't be limited to National Poetry Month in April. Our guest blogger shares lots of ideas for how to teach poems all year, so click through to read all of her suggestions! She's got some ideas that students are sure to love!

Have fun with your poetry unit by incorporating blackout poetry! Your middle school and high school English language arts students will love creating these poems.

Have fun with your poetry unit by incorporating blackout poetry! Your middle school and high school English language arts students will love creating these poems.

Conclusion writing.  We use information text from our class and school library to pick out models of the sentences we are learning to write.    Then we practice that skill in isolation. (What I mean by that is, these conclusion sentences are not part of a writing project. They are just to practice the craft of writing conclusions.)    Students work in pairs and write a conclusion sentence that restates the topic sentence.    I gave them a topic sentence to restate.

Conclusion writing. We use information text from our class and school library to pick out models of the sentences we are learning to write. Then we practice that skill in isolation. (What I mean by that is, these conclusion sentences are not part of a writing project. They are just to practice the craft of writing conclusions.) Students work in pairs and write a conclusion sentence that restates the topic sentence. I gave them a topic sentence to restate.

Download a FREE sample interactive read aloud lesson for "A Bad Case of Stripes" by David Shannon.

Interactive Read Alouds

Who knew an online dictionary could be so much fun???  My students love using Word Central when we do dictionary and thesaurus work.  Word Central is an easy to use website by Merriam-Webster.  In addition to a dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary, there are many other fun things for students to do.  There is a Build Your Own Dictionary to add made up words.  My favorite is bookster – a person who really likes to read books.  There are also some fun spelling games the kids go nuts…

Who knew an online dictionary could be so much fun??? My students love using Word Central when we do dictionary and thesaurus work. Word Central is an easy to use website by Merriam-Webster. In addition to a dictionary, thesaurus, and rhyming dictionary, there are many other fun things for students to do. There is a Build Your Own Dictionary to add made up words. My favorite is bookster – a person who really likes to read books. There are also some fun spelling games the kids go nuts…

Nonfiction reading is so important for kids -- and not just because Common Core says it is. Here's the best list of nonfiction books that will get kids reading!

My Best List of Nonfiction Books Ever

Nonfiction reading is so important for kids -- and not just because Common Core says it is. Here's the best list of nonfiction books that will get kids reading!

A charity that teaches writing to disadvantaged young women. 450 professional writers volunteer their time for the girls. They give skills that last a life time. The girls work is published.

A charity that teaches writing to disadvantaged young women. 450 professional writers volunteer their time for the girls. They give skills that last a life time. The girls work is published.

It's almost Christmas, and for Geraldine that means it's time for snowflakes, presents, and decorations galore. When her mom suggests that their family exchange homemade gifts this year, Gerry gets to work in her Very Fairy Princess Workshop crafting perfect presents that will show everyone how much she thinks they sparkle. With full-color illustrations throughout, this leveled reader is perfect for Very Fairy Princess fans who are ready to take the next step beyond picture books.

It's almost Christmas, and for Geraldine that means it's time for snowflakes, presents, and decorations galore. When her mom suggests that their family exchange homemade gifts this year, Gerry gets to work in her Very Fairy Princess Workshop crafting perfect presents that will show everyone how much she thinks they sparkle. With full-color illustrations throughout, this leveled reader is perfect for Very Fairy Princess fans who are ready to take the next step beyond picture books.

Yesterday, I made my genre posters for my room and discovered a couple of errors...these are a couple I fixed!

Yesterday, I made my genre posters for my room and discovered a couple of errors...these are a couple I fixed!

Inferring in the Elementary Classroom | Sparkles, Smiles, and Successful Students | Bloglovin’

Inferring in the Elementary Classroom (Sparkles, Smiles, and Successful Students)

Inferring in the Elementary Classroom | Sparkles, Smiles, and Successful Students | Bloglovin’

Keep your students motivated to hit their weekly and monthly reading goals by offering a little motivation or reward. Here are some of our favorite ideas. 1. Hand out bookmarks. Bookmarks reinforce a love for reading and you can find lots […]

28 Reading Incentives That Really Work

Keep your students motivated to hit their weekly and monthly reading goals by offering a little motivation or reward. Here are some of our favorite ideas. 1. Hand out bookmarks. Bookmarks reinforce a love for reading and you can find lots […]

Do you have a little elf visiting your classroom this holiday season? If so, these elf writing freebies would be a great supplement to help you mee...

Do you have a little elf visiting your classroom this holiday season? If so, these elf writing freebies would be a great supplement to help you mee...