Four Square Check-In Tool for Student Engagement and Attendance

I love using this four square check-in activity at the beginning of my classes. My students love to tell me how they are doing based on the animal/character/food/color or whatever pictures I use to relate to their feelings. Students choose one, multiple or no pictures to relate to and then tell me and the classContinue reading “Four Square Check-In Tool for Student Engagement and Attendance”

St. Patrick’s Day Creative Writing

Do you decorate your classroom with leprechaun traps in hopes of catching that sneaky one and so your students can get that pot of gold? I know you do! The kids absolutely love it! What a time of year to build some STEM into daily instruction and to build a trap. It’s a fun andContinue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Creative Writing”

Game Play!

Hi Everyone! I hope you are all doing well and with wishful thinking, I am hoping you are preparing to go from online teaching to soon to be in-person teaching again. Although schooling should always strive to advance and change with the times to meet the needs of the diverse students and needs, face toContinue reading “Game Play!”

Reading, Writing and Speaking -so many activities and so much learning!

There is no time like the present to get our students engaged and writing. But, first they need to know what they are writing about and how to organize that information. Below are three different lessons/units to help build your students’ skills. Take a look!

Reading Potholes

Learning to read can be a difficult process for many children. If the issues persist through time they obstruct learning and they tend to grow like potholes. We as teachers can runover the issues over and over again without realizing their is a gap or pothole in student’s learning. As children get older their gapsContinue reading “Reading Potholes”

Fall Readers

It’s that time of year when your early readers are starting to make jumps in their reading levels. They understand the difference between a letter and a word and how to use pictures for help with word choice. I work with first graders who are having trouble with with letters, sounds, and reading. I createContinue reading “Fall Readers”

English Language Development- a unit!!!

English Language Development is near and dear to my heart. It is also a subject that can frustrate teachers. There are so many methods to integrate language strategies that build engagement. Many methods have been around for ages and are used with literacy, classroom management, mathematics and on and on. The strategies aren’t new, butContinue reading “English Language Development- a unit!!!”

EL Strategies

I often work in areas with high levels of second language learners, and my family are second language learners so I am always eager to find ways and grow language and reasons why it gets halted. Often times we think English Language Development can be taught with the supplemental text book guidelines that are 1-2Continue reading “EL Strategies”