"Now Here is a Story..." All about how I use The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song to teach plot to my students. Throw it back to the 90's when family shows were popular such as Family Matters, Full House, Saved by the Bell, Hanging with Mr. Cooper, and Step-by-Step were all the rave along … Continue reading Plot Diagram X Will
By Sharena Downey Drawing conclusions and inferencing is one of the most challenging skills for many students. In order to master this skill, students must learn and know how to make an educated guess based on the clues in the text provided whether it is an image or passage. Photo by cottonbro on Pexels.com QAR … Continue reading Drawing Conclusions and Inferences
The plot diagram can be hard for students to understand. As a result, I try to make it interesting and fun, but also I give them visuals that will help them remember each stage of the plot, and I do this by showing a video of a local roller coaster that my students can relate … Continue reading PLOT ELEMENTS
The Humble Bird Teacher Students miss school for several different reasons from family vacations to medical causes. These days can go from one day to weeks. As a teacher, you probably created one of those cute file folders with the days of the weeks for each missing assignment for students to collect when they return, … Continue reading Paperless Make-Up Work Folder in Google Drive
The Humble Bird Teacher Imagine you are sitting in a classroom where students are collaborating while thinking critically, creatively, and respecting each other's decisions through citizenship. They are fully engaged in learning and excited about what they are learning. The great part about this type of learning is that your students don't even realize they … Continue reading Project Based Learning and Assessment
For the past few years, I have used ClassDojo in my classroom. It was a great way to connect with parents and students through messages to keep them posted about what was happening in the classroom. The students loved having an avatar and receiving positive points for doing task such as being prepared, participating, working … Continue reading ClassDojo Toolkit
Main idea and supporting details is an important objective to teach. It can be found in writing and reading. In writing, the main idea is the topic sentence of a body paragraph and the students must use supporting details to back up it up.
"Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!" Teaching sentence structure to my students was like climbing a mountain in high heels. After countless hours, days, and weeks of direct instruction, modeling, guiding, independent practice, and formative assessments, I was 100% sure my students understood sentence structure. Until one day, we were reviewing compound sentences and complex … Continue reading Sentence Structure Links
Last year, I was trying to find a way to review with my students before the state test. However, I wanted my review process to be student-centered. I wanted the students to work on assignments that they would enjoy, but they would learn at the same time. As a result, I created these engaging … Continue reading Reading Activity Cards
A great way to review cause and effect with your students! There are enjoy playing cards to use in groups, teams, or for the whole class! After the students match the cards, have them complete the cause and effect worksheet to check for understanding.