April Smith

Hi there! Let me introduce myself! I'm a full time curriculum designer that's been in and out of the classroom. I've taught 4th, 5th, 6th, middle school, gifted, and reading intervention. I started designing curriculum to provide fun, high-interest activities for students that need a little extra motivation. I've also presented professional development sessions, online and in person! I simplify the planning process and provide resources that drastically cut down on planning time.

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How to Print Anchor Charts on the Cheap

Anchor charts are a wonderful tool in the classroom. My students help me create anchor charts every day that we use for future lessons. However, it can be a pain to create anchor charts that model a lot of content – especially for writing...

Narrative Nonfiction Mentor Text

Mentor Texts for Teaching Narrative Nonfiction Writing

Narrative Nonfiction isn’t a new genre, but it is new to many teachers. The good news is that a lot of the elements of creative writing are applicable to this writing type. The new part is teaching students how to use informational sources to...

3 December Writing Units to Keep Students Engaged

Phew! The December struggle is REAL! The students are antsy, the teachers are burned out, and even though we just had a few days off for Thanksgiving, we need another break already! So, to tackle this problem, I’ve developed three writing...

Building Classroom Community Using Escape Rooms

The Importance of Community Building a strong sense of community within your classroom is an important factor in your students’ SEL development and learning. It is valuable for students to have the opportunity to celebrate the successes of...