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Sunday, January 21, 2018

How to Improve Reading Achievement In Just 20 Minutes A Day

Starting your day with 20 minutes of reading time can set the tone for the day and also improve your students reading ability. When children settle in with the quiet activity of reading, they are able to enjoy reading for reading.  Depending on the age of your students, it will take a few minutes to really settle in and engage in the text.   In one year's time, a child who reads 20 minutes a day is exposed to 1.8 million words. And just think, if you encourage your students to read an additional 20 minutes at home you can double that number!
Many teachers who  incorporate silent reading in their classrooms find the rewards are many for their students.  For the most part, reading is an individual act and it is natural to read silently. Those teachers who provide an opportunity for silent reading may just be on the right track to

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Learn about Martin Luther King

Reading Response for Informational Text

Happy Birthday, MLK, Jr! Young readers can read and write about this famous person who believed in his dream.  He encouraged us to move forward and work for peace to make a better world.  

"If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward." Martin Luther King, Jr.
“One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong." Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

How to Engage Your Students In Writing in 7 Minutes [morning seat work]

How to Engage Your Students in Writing in 7 Minutes or Less!
January Morning Riddles

First 7 Morning Minutes At School:

#1 - Arriving at School
#2 - Check-In Responsibilities
#3-  Hello to Friends and sitting at Table or Desk
#4 - Getting Morning Riddle Page from basket
#5 - Reading their riddle [even before getting back to seat]
#6 - Still reading and thinking!
#7 - Writing! 

Keep reading to find out how you can see your students writing within 7 minutes of entering your classroom... 

This is a collection of 21 January riddles for your students to read, think, write and answer. These riddles are a great writing activity for morning seat work. Students settle right in with reading and writing. It is motivating because the children love to guess what today's riddle answer might be. 

Each riddle is a winter idea and contains many high frequency words. Your students read the riddle, think, and write a sentence that answers the question. Next, they illustrate the sentence that they wrote. This is a motivating writing, reading and thinking literacy activity that you may use for morning seat work, homework, for fast finishers or anytime. This product includes 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Kindergarten Math Center at Christmas [Counting, Number Sense, Writing Numbers]

Counting, Number Sense and 
Writing Numbers 0-9

Christmas Math Center - Writing Numbers
Spin and record math centers engage students in activity, following directions and working beside another classmate. Children enjoy the spinning action and this spin and record is 'All About Christmas' and counting.

This math center for Christmas time will provide practice in counting, number sense and writing numbers from 0-9. Pages and spinner show clip art that is in a Christmas style; however, the number pages can be used anytime.   And you can make these pages readily available all the time.
Themed centers can heighten your students interest.  However, these math centers need to accomplish your teaching goal : providing opportunity and practice in a skill that you have already taught.  Math stations can also be an excellent way to immerse some of your students with a task that reinforces direct instruction while you are teaching another small group a similar skill.  Learning can be fun and certainly is when brains are thinking and students can have some directed movement that allows them responsibility in their own learning. 
Your goals for a math station might be: 

  1. Learning
  2. Practice, review and reinforcement in skills previously taught
  3. Independent skills to complete a given task

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Classic Christmas Read Alouds - Jan Brett

MrsQuimbyReads, reader response pages, wild christmas reindeerJan Brett's illustrations will grab you immediately.  She is a well-known children's author and her stories are poetic, beautiful and humorous. 
 The Wild Christmas Reindeer is about young, Teeka.  She lives in Norway and has the important task of training the reindeer for Santa's sleigh.  Things don't go very well the first time around as she tries to teach cooperation and organization to the reindeer. Christmas is approaching and Teeka learns a lot about how a method of teaching makes a big difference to the learners. 

Jan Brett inspires good quality traits and habits.  Children learn kindness, patience and tenacity

Friday, November 17, 2017

2 Picture Books for November that Teach Math and Literacy Skills [Beginning Readers]

Nuts to You, by Lois Ehlert is a perfect read aloud for this time of year.  Squirrels, nuts, birds, windows and screen doors.  This squirrel is roaming about in summer but it is a perfect addition to animals and nature for the fall.  Read along to find out the many math and literacy skills you might teach using these 2 November favorites. 
Nuts to You!  is an engaging story about a frisky squirrel who explores the bird feeder, then up to the window box and right into an apartment through a tear in the screen. Ehlert's collage style illustrations are a springboard for children to make their own. Read in a slow pace so children can view these marvelous illustrations.  There is much to see on each page.  Squirrel climbing, exploring and even upside-down at times.  Reading pictures and illustrations are a must to comprehension of the whole story the author writes.  The author chooses pictures to enhance

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Veterans' Day Writing Prompts [November 11]

Make some time to teach about Veterans' Day.  Read about the reasons why we celebrate this day on November 11.  In the United States, Veterans' Day is November 11.  This day is the anniversary of the signing of the armistice, which ended World War I.  We thank all the soldiers who fought in the wars on Veterans Day.  Many, many soldiers lost their lives fighting for our freedom.  These writing prompts and pages were created for beginning readers and writers to