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ELA/Reading

ELA Graphic Organizers

50+ ELA Graphic Organizers for Upper Elementary

ELA Graphic Organizers are a fun way to get students to take notes, think through texts, and organize thoughts and consider all the thought that went into the writing about what they’re reading. Reading comprehension is difficult to teach. Especially when you are teaching reading comprehension with a focus on

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Holiday of the Day Writing Prompts

Holiday of the Day Writing Prompts

Every day is a holiday with these Holiday of the Day Writing Prompts for upper elementary. Did you know that as of August 2021 there are 12 federal holidays in the United States? Take a moment to see if you can come up with all 12. Want to see if you’re

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Introducing Genre in 5 Days

Introducing Genre in 5 Days

One of the staples of the beginning of the year, is spending a little time introducing genre. This post provides you with five days of activities that will give your students a firm genre foundation. What is your favorite genre of movies? Books? How do you know you love that

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Introducing Character Traits in 5 days

Introducing Character Traits in 5 Days

Let’s break down our 5-day process for introducing character traits to your upper elementary students! If you were a character in a book, what traits would a reader use to describe you? Are you cheerful, ambitious, and decisive? Perhaps you are the character who is gentle, foolish, and happy. I

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5 Reasons to Start the Year with close Reads

5 Reasons to Start the Year with Close Reads

Let’s dig into 5 reasons you should start the year with close reads in your upper elementary class. From learning processes to building community, these close reads are perfect for back-to-school! A new school year means a new class and a gaggle of new faces to learn and love. I

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Introducing Text Structure in 5 days

Introducing Text Structure in 5 Days

Today we are going to address one of the big dogs of upper elementary reading education…introducing text structure. When I think about reading comprehension, I frequently consider the skills taught to be like a ladder. In education, we typically use the term ‘scaffolding’ when talking about supporting students as they

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Introducing Figurative Language in 5 days

Figurative Language in 5 Days

Teaching figurative language in 5 days is as easy as following this simple recipe. Are you a person who likes a recipe or are you one of those people who walks into the kitchen with a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach to baking? Personally, I like the recipe. I like knowing tried and

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