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Tell Me a Story Tuesday!

It has been a while since I have featured a Tell Me a Story Tuesday post around here!  I made a copy for each study and had them glue it …

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Informational Text Structures & Features Cumulative Assignment

Last week, we finished our final project for our nonfiction text features and structures study.  Now, we are working on summarizing nonfiction and making inferences from nonfiction.  I'm having to …

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Nonfiction Summaries

I'm popping in to share an activity I did to get kids thinking about summarizing nonfiction texts.  I got this idea from the fantastic Kristine Nannini at Young Teacher Love. …

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Making Sense of Multiplying & Dividing Fractions Word Problems

If you teach the upper grades, you likely know how maddening it is to try to teach your students the difference between a multiplication word problem and a division word …

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A collection of simple and short ideas to increase critical thinking and creativity in the upper elementary classroom.

How to Increase Critical Thinking and Creativity in your “Spare Time”

We all know that our students need time to cultivate their minds for critical and creative thinking, but knowing how to increase critical thinking can be tricky.  I struggle to …

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Upper elementary ideas for teaching informational text structures with anchor chart, interactive notebooks, task cards, assessments and more.

Informational Text Structures

I have spent the past week working on Informational Text Structures with my 5th graders.  I was shocked to discover that this was almost an entirely new concept for them, …

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