lesson plans

Tech Tools You Need to Try This Year

2020 was a year of many things–stress and anxiety of living through a Pandemic, the year of toilet paper hoarders, endless changes to guidelines, mandates and re-opening plans…but one of the really wonderful things to come from 2020 was the urgency it created to learn new things.  I’ve always considered

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Tips for the First Week of Virtual Learning

A lot of us are wondering what back to school season will look like this year. Some may already know you are starting school remotely. It sounds overwhelming and a little bit scary. It’s unknown territory and with the memory of distance teaching in the spring still fresh in our

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Teaching Ideas for Story Structure

The first comprehension skill I focus on is story structure. I pick this for a few reasons but primarily because in order to effectively retell or summarize a fiction story, students need to know the main elements of the story’s structure. Let’s take a look at some books and activities

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First Day Resource Round-Up

The first day of school is a delicate balance of establishing a sense of order (routines and procedures) while also creating a friendly, welcoming and most importantly, safe classroom environment.For the past two years, I have shared my first day and first week plans. You can find those all here:

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Lesson and Book Ideas for Teaching Sequencing Events

Here’s a common scenario: You have a class full of many fluent readers. Their accuracy is strong. But, they struggle with comprehension. Whether it’s oral retelling or a written response, we need to engage students with using comprehension strategies in a variety of ways so they can apply skills which

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Lesson Ideas for Teaching Cause & Effect

Here’s a common scenario: You have a class full of many fluent readers. Their accuracy is strong. But, they struggle with comprehension. Whether it’s oral retelling or a written response, we need to engage students with using comprehension strategies in a variety of ways so they can apply skills which

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