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Classroom Escape Challenge Tips & Tricks

I’m so excited to welcome an incredible fourth grade teacher named Stephanie Michael to the blog today! She used the classroom escape challenge Escape from Emoji Island™ with her students, and they loved it! The gameplay is structured...

Simplifying Reading Homework

When I first started teaching, reading homework was the bane of my existence. I spent countless hours pulling worksheets that matched what we were learning, and using a good portion of my copy allowance. My fifth year teaching, I moved into a...

Teaching Figurative Language Lesson 4th, 5th, 6th

Teaching Figurative Language with Mentor Text

I love teaching reading, and figurative language is one of my favorite standards to cover. It’s not as easy to teach as it used to be, with new standards and testing requirements. Unfortunately, with the pressure of testing and rigor, reading...

December Project ideas 3-5

December Project-Based Learning Ideas

If you’ve ever visited my blog before, you know that I’m a huge proponent of project-based learning. PBL is the way I get my students to stay engaged in learning – especially around the holidays. You can learn more about planning...

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