Ideas and Lessons

Earth Day- April 22

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Our EUs are FULL of lessons on teaching Poetry- Writer's Workshop

As you read poetry teach students to SNAP if they like it instead of clap. Here is an article about why Snap instead of clap!

Teach Poetry Year round, expose kids to poetry everyday- Poetry 180

Scholastic Poetry Contest- Different entry for 1-2, 3-4, & 5-6 using specific entry form to write a different style poem on "What Makes the USA Special to You?"; All entries due April 29th.

Poetry, Poetry, Poetry

Find a WEALTH of resources including lessons, videos, audio, Interviews with Poets, Samples, Printables, etc.

NEA's Read Across America Day/ Theodore Seuss Geisel's Birthday- March 2

Deer Creek ES - Drop Everything And Read @ 2:30pm on 3/2!!!!

NEA Resources

Read Across America Resources

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Valentine's Day Song for Kids | 5 Little Hearts Valentine Song | Valentine Song for Kids

Valentine's Day- February 14th

14 New Books for Valentines Day! I also have some books on the cart in my office, come check them out!

Read Aloud Suggestions

Activity Village -Celebrate Valentines Day on 14th February with Activity Village's selection of Valentine crafts, coloring, puzzles, jokes, cards, jigsaws and printables for kids! You'll find the colors red and pink and hearts galore, and all sorts of Valentine's Day activities to keep your kids busy - enough for a week of Valentine's Days!

ABC Teach


Family Education

Make and Takes



Valentine's Day Stories

Froggy's First Kiss

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse

Curious George Valentine's Day

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Fun Facts About Groundhogs!

Continuous Improvement Conference 15-16

Did you go to a great session? Did you receive handouts worth sharing? Let me know and I will post them!

Angela Maiers

Mattering IS

Donalyn Miller

Nerdy Book Club

Bring on the Books

In her presentations, Donalyn referred to several reading conference forms. These are included in our curriculum documents in grades 2-5. Teachers can find them in the Setting Up Systems units of study.

Grade 2

Reading Conferences

Reading Response Journals

Grades 3-5

My Reading List (for students)

Genre Graph (for students)

Books to Read List (for students)

Status of the Class (for students)

Reading Conference (for teacher)

Jeff Anderson-

10 Things Every Writer Needs Know

Mentor Sentences & Examples in Books

Primary Patterns of Power: Explorations of Invitational Grammar and Editing Grades 1-3

Handout 1

Handout 2

Handout 3

Smart But Scattered

Is your student ADHD or just scattered?

DCE- Watch How We Grow in Writing Handout

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Black History Month Resources

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Creating Discourse

Here is the handout from our faculty meeting and some additional resources to help you improve discourse in your classroom.

Bloom's Level of Questioning

Follow-Up Questioning

Check for Understanding Strategies from A-Z

Handout from Faculty Meeting

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Cooperative Learning Strategies

Kagan Strategies

Click on Kagan Strategies to understand how to implement cooperative learning in

the classroom in ways that meet student needs and make learning effective.

Brain Based Instructional Strategies Boost Retention

Kagan Strategies Desk Mat - TPT (Free Download)

Laura Candler

Laura Candler's Cooperative Learning Strategies

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Celebrate Freedom Week; Constitution Day - September 17

Here are some great resources to help Celebrate Freedom Week! Constitution Day is 9/17. (ALL GRADES)

Celebration Freedom Week is the Week of 9/17 and Constitution Day is 9/17. Below is the link to our STate Days and resources available.

International Dot Day- September 15th

The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her own abilities by being brave enough to “make her mark”. What begins with a small doton a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe.

Consider celebrating DOT day by having everyone MAKE THEIR MARK! If you register there is a Teacher's Handbook with lessons and ideas.

I do have a copy of the book in my room if you would like to borrow it. I actually have the Createlogy as Reynolds calls his 3 book series that inspire students.

Here is a Youtube of Peter Reynolds reading it-->

Here are some ideas-

Some cool but easy things to do for tomorrow-

1. Read the book OR show the video- Here is a Youtube of Peter Reynolds reading it-->

2. On a Large piece of paper have each student "Make Their Mark" and sign it or give a small circle of and have them decorate it and glue on paper. (see photo)


2. Have the decorate AROUND the space of a dot (see attached).

3. View celebrity dots online (mainly authors)

then Give each a piece of paper with a frame and have them create their "dot". (see attached)

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Empowering Writers- Video Lessons

There are TONS of great videos on how to teach various strategies- Word referents, Flip-the-Sentence, etc.