Sunday, July 5, 2015

Using Wonder to Teach All the Common Core Literature Standards


The summer of 2014, I read this book and fell in love. I immediately knew I wanted this to be my first read aloud of the year. Not only are the messages and themes in this book fabulous for children today, but the book literally allows you to teach all the Common Core Literature Standards with this book! Seriously....Read on to find out how.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Constructed Response Freebie {Math is Real Life}

Free Math Task

For this month's Math is Real Life, I am writing about a few of our recent trips to the lake. On the way back from the lake, my mom texted me and asked me how much gas we used on one trip. After telling her about 1/4 of a tank and that the tank held 32 gallons, I realized this was a good example of using math in real life. Fast forward to the next trip to the lake when we almost ran out of gas. We had about 1/3 of a tank of gas, which should have been more than enough. However, we did a lot more driving and less "hanging out and swimming" on that day. This affected the amount of gas we used. Thankfully, we made it back to the ramp and to the boat trailer. This is a great example of how outside circumstances in the real world affect math sometimes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Organizing Papers in an Upper Elementary Classroom

After reading this post by 2nd Grade Stuff last summer, I knew I had to get a handle on my incoming papers for the following school year. This post shows three very simple ways I organized some of my student papers this year with great success.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Implementing Rigorous Paired Passage Instruction



Paired Passages are the new thing in my state, and they look like they are here to stay. I have already shared with you a resource to help scaffold your readers with paired passages. Click here to read it again. Now, I am here to share how I implement rigorous paired passage instruction in my classroom, using one of my new Paired Passage Sets.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Math is Real Life {New Nephew & Free Baby Printables for the Classroom}

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This week's Math is Real Life post is brought to you by the birth of my new nephew! While at the hospital waiting for his arrival, the family made estimates on how much they thought he would weigh and how long he would be. 

My guess was nine pounds and six ounces and 21.5 inches long. My guesses were the closest! Baby Benjamin was born weighing nine pounds and nine ounces and 22 inches. He is a super long baby!

Friday, May 22, 2015

End of Year Student Gifts

 For this year, I kept it pretty easy and simple for student gifts. I love seeing the cute gift tags on Pinterest, but I really wanted something that was quick and easy to put together.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

5th Grade Graduation


Our Fifth Grade graduation ceremony was today, and it was the best one yet! We had some amazing parents decorate the cafeteria. They really made the day special for our students. I can't wait to share these pictures with you!
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