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Hi!  I am Stephanie, an upper elementary teacher, who is obsessed with creating rigorous, engaging, and long lasting lessons for my students.  I share practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

I am Stephanie, an upper elementary teacher, who is obsessed with creating rigorous, engaging, and long lasting lessons for my students. I share practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

Build a Better Sentence! Cards for Upper Elementary & Midd

Build a Better Sentence! Cards for Upper Elementary & Middle {Common Core} Build a better sentence! Here's how: Write a subject and verb. Add at least 2 parts. Move one part to the front of the subject and verb and place a comma after it.

A caricature of a person taking a stand for a cause, then writing an I am poem for the "protest sign"

Taking A Stand....part deux

I am Stephanie, an upper elementary teacher, who is obsessed with creating rigorous, engaging, and long lasting lessons for my students. I share practical ideas that can be implemented in the classroom immediately.

Creating topic sentences (which tell the main idea of a set of facts)  Combining social studies and ELA!

MAIN IDEA: students try to write a topic sentence/figure out main idea from a list of details they are provided.

Citing evidence; 3 columns; Direct Quote, Paraphrase, Idea from my own Mind...then discuss or write on which method best answers the question, should be eye opener for direct quote or citing text evidence

citing evidence: 3 columns "Direct Quote," "Paraphrase," "Idea from my own Mind" .then discuss or write on which method best answers the question. should be good for direct quote or citing text evidence

I like the idea of using this for pairs to collaborate

Inference---The chart presented in this visual could be used for middle school grades. Students compare and contrast inferring what the texts says and what they personally infer what the text is saying.

Non-Fiction Newspaper or Magazine "Book" Report.  Engage your students in information text with this report.  Free assignment page included!

Non-Fiction Newspaper or Magazine "Book" Report

Non-Fiction Newspaper or Magazine "Book" Report. Engage your students in information text with this report. Free assignment page included!

Are you looking for a whole-class novel study project for your upper elementary, middle school, or high school students? Then you're going to love this idea! Choose ANY novel you're using in the classroom and have your students create a comic book-like outline, so that anyone gains understanding. It'll be a hit in your 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade classroom! Click through to see how easy this is to complete in the classroom. {Great technology integration!}

No Prep Whole-Class Novel Study Final Project

No Prep Whole-Class Novel Study Final Project -- students capture novel main events in comic-style photos from: the classroom sparrow

A brilliant plenary idea stolen from twitter!

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LOVE this idea! "Give Me a ." as a formative assessment or exit ticket. Students write a statement about what they've learned and a question they are not sure about. If they don't have a question, they can create a quiz question.

Encouraging students to use their voice in informational writing!  An example with the mentor text "You Wouldn't Want to..." to have students practice drawing pictures and captions for the informational genre.   Also, ideas to integrate science and social studies in writing...

Collaboration Cuties: Integrating Social Studies and Science into Writing {Workshop Wednesday}

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