lesson plans

Tech Tools You Need to Try This Year

One of the really wonderful things to come from 2020 was the urgency it created to learn new things. I’ve always considered myself relatively tech-savvy. I’m one of the people in my school that people come to with tech-related questions. Of course, I don’t know it all but 95% of

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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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First Week Plans Activities and Read Alouds

I LOVE planning for the first week of school. It might be because I have an ample amount of activities and books to choose from. I have shared my first week plans in the past so some of these read alouds and activities are the same. But I have updated

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How to Teach Story Elements using Mentor Texts

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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20 First Day of School Resources & Freebies

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. You can check out how I schedule and plan my whole first week here: First week Plans This year, I decided

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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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