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Ten Websites with Free Articles and Passages

This summer, after attending a reading workshop, I’ve made it my goal to amp up and improve my guided reading and shared reading instruction. With this in mind, I’ve been rounding up ten websites with free articles and passages for upper elementary, and I thought I would share those with

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Fun Ways for Your Students to Respond to Reading

My students hardly ever notice a new bulletin board, and if they do notice, they rarely say anything about it, that is, unless the bulletin board is filled with their own creations. Students love seeing their work displayed. When I recently began creating these Flip Its! Reading Response Flipbooks, my

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ways to use index cards in the classroom

7 Fun Ways to Use Index Cards in the Classroom

I think it may be possible that all teachers love post-it-notes. Do you know that I love index cards almost just as much? There are so many ways to use index cards in the classroom. These inexpensive little cards can quickly change up a lesson. Index cards are not very

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14 fabulous time fillers for language arts

14 Fabulous Time Fillers for Language Arts

Have you ever finished a lesson to find that you have 5 or 10 minutes until you needed to transition to lunch, music, or some other activity? These simple and fun time fillers for language arts are just what you need. Easy Time Fillers for Language Arts We have all

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3 Great Benefits of Using Graphic Organizers in the Classroom

Graphic organizers are charts, graphs or diagrams which encourage students to see information as a component of systems rather than isolated facts. After many years of using graphic organizers in my classroom, I am a firm believer in the benefits of using graphic organizers in my classroom. Graphic organizers can

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Snowflake Themed Reading Lesson

A Winter Reading Lesson for Upper Elementary Using Picture Books, a Reading Passage, and a Simple Similes Activity Here in the South where I live and teach, snow is not a common winter event, so when it does snow, or there is potential for snow, our students get a little

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4 Fabulous Ideas for Teaching Theme

Teaching theme in fourth grade is not easy, but it is very rewarding to see the students’ little light bulbs come on! In my experience, students need many opportunities to find theme in stories, and I love giving my students a variety of ways to do this.   Picture Books

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Teaching Nonfiction Reading Strategies: One Pager

My students have had a fabulous time learning about the Statue of Liberty. In fact, my friend who cuts my hair told me that some of my students came into her beauty shop telling her all about the information they had learned about the Statue of Liberty! Now that makes me want

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Sequence

Although my blog name is “Teaching Fourth,” I have not always taught fourth grade. I started my teaching career in sixth grade. The following year I had an opportunity to move down to fifth grade. I stayed in fifth grade eight or nine years (I believe…). I then moved down

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Free PowerPoint Lesson

Would you like a free PowerPoint lesson to teach or to review subjects and predicates with your students? This free PowerPoint is a powerful visual and learning tool that will help your students understand and identify subjects and predicates and is perfect for grades 2-5!