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  • 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 position where I taught only language arts – to 3 grade levels. […]

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  • 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 has become more competitive than fun. Students are pushed until their breaking point to read […]

  • 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 project-based learning in this PBL planning post. Project-based learning gives the students choices each […]

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