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Digital Game Boards for Learning and Review

Digital Game Boards for Learning and Review

If you’ve been with me for long, you know I like to use games in my classroom. Rather than using worksheets or packets for introduction and review of skills, gamifying education has always been one of my favorite ways to engage my students; however, with a sudden shift to online

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Close Reading Steps

Close Reading Steps for Your Upper Elementary Classroom

Close Reading Steps for Your Upper Elementary Classroom I’m sure you’ve all heard of it…close reading. But what exactly is it and how does it work? When I first started implementing close reading into my classroom, you should’ve heard the groans! And who could blame them? Read a passage 2-3

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Text Structure Activities Students Will Love

Text structure is something my students always seemed to struggle with. We would practice and practice and they still wouldn’t understand. I finally came to the conclusion that it wasn’t the text they were confused about as much as it was the vocabulary. I quickly realized we just need a

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Test Prep Fun Your Students Will Love

Test prep is something I used to dread. I felt so much pressure from admin and myself for my students to do well. So, I would give students packets of practice test questions to practice over and over again. I would look out at them and see a glazed over

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Teaching Figurative Language with Picture Books

Figurative language can sometimes be really confusing for students. This is especially true if English is not their first language. My students struggle every year with figurative language. Over the years, I introduced and practiced figurative language with them in many different ways. It’s actually one of my FAVORITE things

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halloween activities

Halloween Activities that Teach

Halloween can be a crazy day for teachers in the classroom. In all of the excitement of the day, students are bound to be a little extra. Keeping them focused on learning can be a huge challenge. In this post, I will share some activities that I do with my

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Early Finisher Ideas

Early Finishers in the Upper Elementary Classroom

Early finishers…I don’t recall being taught about them in college but the struggle of what exactly to have them work on is REAL. Teacher Struggles with Early Finishers When I first started teaching, I would just have them read if they finished something early. Seemed easy enough. But some students

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