Reading

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...

3 Ways to Build a Community of Readers

3 Ways to Build a Community of Readers

Hi!  I’m Sara from The Colorful Apple.  As a child, my friends and I would talk about the books that we were reading while we ate our PB&J at the lunch table and on the bumpy bus rides home.  Something tells me I wasn’t your typical...

How I Turned My Students into Readers

I began teaching language arts exclusively two years ago. At the time, I imagined my classroom as one filled with students that loved to read. That was not the case. What came to me was a group of students that would do strange things like pretend...

Earth Day

Is your classroom ready for Earth Day?

As you may already know, I love celebrating all of the holidays in my classroom. As a 4th and 5th grade teacher, it hasn’t always been easy. A lot of what’s out there for holidays is geared towards the younger grades. Earth day is a fun...