Teaching

Enhancing Instruction with ReadWorks

I have been experimenting with a new approach to my reading instruction and journals for the past couple of months. Our reading curriculum, while being great for introducing fun, simple fiction stories to my first graders, is seriously lacking in its use of nonfiction. I have realized in my three short years as a teacher…… Continue reading Enhancing Instruction with ReadWorks

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How To Use Games with Language Arts

I love to use centers for my language arts instruction. Based on my current schedule, I can really only fit them in once a week. Instead of giving the kids worksheets or having them complete a workbook page, I try to incorporate fun, learning activities into our centers. I was browsing Pinterest (I know, I completely have…… Continue reading How To Use Games with Language Arts

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Spelling Battleship

I’ve been so slow at posting lately, and I’m so sorry! I’ve been crazy busy with school starting back up and new programs being implemented at our elementary school, along with working on my thesis and wrapping up my masters program. More on my thesis and capstone project, an action research project taking place in…… Continue reading Spelling Battleship

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Classroom Jeopardy

Within my school district, we use Journeys language arts curriculum. Although I really like our program, it covers a TON of material each week. So much so that sometimes I’m worried about my students being able to retain it all. Rather than give my kids worksheets and busy work to check their understanding, I found a…… Continue reading Classroom Jeopardy

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Dr. Seuss Week

With the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, more commonly known by his pseudonym, Dr. Seuss, falling in the middle of the week, we, the third grade team, planned a fun-filled “Dr. Seuss Week.” We decided to incorporate his beloved stories into our language arts instruction for our classes. On Monday, I opened up our language arts…… Continue reading Dr. Seuss Week