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Start your year off having a GROWTH MINDSET! {Freebie}

Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you well.  I wanted to share an activity with you that I do during the first week of school.  I am a STICKLER when it comes to saying the words “I CAN’T!” Those words are actually like hearing nails on a chalkboard for me…it drives me a bit bonkers.  So right from the get-go, we get RID of the words “I CAN’T” in our classroom and learn to change our thoughts and words…

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The Low-Down on Daily 5 – Video Series!

  Hi Friends.. Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I am so excited that you have stopped in to catch my Low-Down on Daily 5 Video Series.  I am super excited to show you what my kiddos do each day during their rotations.  Each week I am going to be posting another video on the Low-Down on Daily 5 Video Series.  My videos will focus on my Work on Writing Station, my Word Work Station, my Listen to Reading…

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Guided Reading – My Weekly Plans – Video Style!

  Hi Friends… I hope this post finds you all well!  It has been a few very busy weeks for me!  I have been on my Guided Math bandwagon hosting LIVE Webinars and LIVE Q & A’s and it has been AMAZING!  I have had sooooo much fun hosting these events and interacting with all of you!  Over the past week, I must have received close to 50 e-mails asking me what I do during my Guided Reading time.  So…

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The BEST Problem Solving Strategy EVER!

  Let’s solve a problem today boys and girls! “Do we add?”…. “Um…yes?”  Do we subtract? …”I think so.” Do we multiply? …”I am not sure.” What are the key words? … “How many?”   UGH times 1,000! Does this sound familiar to you? Well…these are the exact questions and answers I have been asking and hearing for the past twenty-two years in my classroom. But… GUESS WHAT??!!! NOT ANYMORE!  NOPE!   This is by FAR the BEST PROBLEM SOLVING…

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It’s my BIRTHDAY!!!!

Hi Friends….  YAY!!!!  It’s my BIRTHDAY!  So LET’S CELEBRATE!  I decided to have a 20% OFF Sale in my TPT Shop in honor of my Birthday TONIGHT and TOMORROW!   I WON’T even tell you how old I am.. but I have been teaching for 23 years… so you do the math!  hee-hee! Click the image above to head on over to my TPT Shop to enjoy 20% OFF! AND…. if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter…  DON’T DELAY….…

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Keep. Them. ENGAGED! Yes YOU Can…with a FREEBIE!

Real Talk… Are you ready? I cannot imagine doing anything else with my life other than teaching.. but… I AM T.I.R.E.D….with a CAPITAL “T”! I have the cutest and sweetest group of littles this year…but they are A.C.T.I.V.E. with a CAPITAL “A”! So I literally have to take this into account with every single lesson I teach this year.  I cannot expect them to stay in their seats for a twenty minute lesson…nope.. not gonna happen.. Can you relate?  I…

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Mastering Nonfiction Text Features in 5 Easy Steps

I love teaching Nonfiction Text Features… actually… I love using nonfiction texts in my classroom.  I love learning facts that I actually didn’t know about and I love when my kiddos learn something new and I can actually see it in their faces! I wanted to share with you HOW I teach Nonfiction Text Features in my classroom.  I tend to mix things up from year to year with the activities that I use in my classroom because I don’t…

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Reading Comprehension FUN

Hi Friends… I just wanted to show you some of my newest resources 🙂  I hope you can find them useful in your classroom! Here are some of my newest resources. Click the images to check them out in my TPT Shop! Introducing my new READ-ITS Series! These Read-Its are paired passages in an easy-to-use trifold to implement during the months of December – February. They are PERFECT for close reading, independent comprehension practice, morning work, and homework assignments! I will be…

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Bats and Spiders… and MORE… OH MY!

Hi Friends.. I hope this post finds you well.  With October approaching quite quickly, I wanted to let you know what I have my students do during our Daily 5 rotations in my Work on Writing station. Introducing….. BATS!!!! So… I LOVE having the students do different types of research projects in class during the month of October.  This month lends itself well with so many opportunities for having some fun learning and researching about creepy crawlies and things that…

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