Main Idea and Supporting Details

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.

Sentence Structure Links

“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…

Cause and Effect Matching Game

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.

Storybird

  Written by The Humble Bird Teacher “Wah, Wah!” That is the sound the teacher makes in the show Charlie Brown.  That sound is a great example of onomatopoeia, but the sound is what many students hear flow out of their teachers’ mouths into their ears.  Many students dislike reading and writing. They especially do…

Bowling for Body Paragraphs

You will need: 10 bowling pins 1 bowling ball 1 writing prompt with written introduction 1 score board 1 graphic organizer (You can use the graphic organizer found here for FREE along with the score board and written introduction, or you can create your own.) Duck tape for lines How to Play: Create five teams…

Teachers: The Real Celebrities

When will society realize that teachers are the real celebrities? Maybe, when we receive a pay raise, live in mansions, drive fancy cars, and have wild, night dance parties. Until then, they will have to deal with the fact that we make enough money to survive, we live in average-sized houses, drive a little under…