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Spread the Love - Detail Generating Questions

Detail Generating Questions

I'm always looking for ways to teach my students to give. To be selfless and put others first.  To always look for the positive in someone.  Well, this book has touched [...]

Results! Expository Research Essay Final Writing Samples

Research Paper Results

WOW!  I cannot say enough about how proud I am of all of the writing samples I got to read today!  Here are some of the lessons that my teacher friends built after following [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day Seven- Conclusion

Conclusion Paragraphs

So as I wrap up this research process piece that I did with my 4th-grade teacher friends, I begin reflecting back a couple of years to when I was in their shoes, preparing [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day Five & Six - Main Idea and Detail Sentences

Offering students a variety of tools to use in their compositions will help keep them away from the same old same old, boring ideas being used over and over again.  Students began by writing their [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day FOUR- Introductions

Oh my gosh! I had a blast today, working in Mrs. Dixon's and Mrs. Reynolds's classrooms. As we began writing our introductions, the students' writing came to life! They are writing an expository [...]

Martin Luther King/Black History Month- Vocabulary Lesson

Vocabulary, Vocabulary, Vocabulary…

As I look through scored state writing tests, students who had a variety of vocabulary and word choice scored at a much higher level than those students who [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day THREE- The Expository Pillar

Expository Research Essay Project - Day Three

As we begin writing the expository essay using the students’ research on an Arctic animal, we will be following the process piece timeline. These [...]

Expository Research Essay Project – Day TWO - Writing the Riddle

Now your students should be finished with their research and have an abundance of information gathered about their animal.  Not all of this information will be showcased in the riddle activity but [...]

Surviving the first week back!

 

What a wonderful week it has been!

Our first day back to school this January was met with smiling faces and excited kids, ready to see the friends they missed over the winter break!  It was a [...]

Expository Research Essay Project - Day ONE- Researching

Expository Research Essay Project - Arctic Animal

A great way to start back from a long break is by letting your students engage in a fun piece with research!  Students will choose an Arctic animal [...]

Expository Research Essay Project - Let's Get Started!

Expository Research Essay Project - Arctic Animal

To kick off the expository research process piece, I am going to begin with Writing a Suspenseful RiddleArctic Animal.  The riddle lessons are [...]

A New Year

A New Year...

The days are shorter, and the weather is colder as we begin the New Year in our classrooms. Does anyone else struggle to get their students back into a routine and engaged in the [...]

Social Emotional Writing Lesson

I just couldn't pass up the grade 3-5 lesson of the month for February. My 6th graders had a great time, and I learned so much about my students. This is a great social-emotional writing lesson [...]

Presidents' Day Fun

Cross Content Writing

Fun you say???  Writing an Essay???  Yes! My students had a blast learning all about the history of our US Presidents this week.  It was so exciting to see them immersed in [...]

Feelings

Show Don't Tell

Often our students have a hard time describing how they are feeling while in the process of writing a story.  Now, for my students in 6th grade, not only do they have to write what [...]

Black History Month Writing Lessons

I found this great download on TPT!  The articles were perfect for my 6th-grade students.  We annotated the expository piece as a class and wrote a summarizing paragraph about what they expect to [...]

Student Samples - The Love Monster

Second Grade Writing Samples

I never knew how cute this lesson was going to be when I wrote it!  Classes all over my school have taught it this month and the student samples are SO cute!  Not to [...]

Stretching Myself

This quote is something that my principal is always saying to us.  Well today, I was pushed WAY outside of my comfort zone, as I worked with one of my coworkers who teaches 8th-grade social [...]

December Writing Lesson for Grades 5-8

December Writing Lesson for Middle School Grade 5-8

This month students worked on the usage of pronouns and their antecedents using holiday songs!  FWI... This editing and revising lesson can be [...]

December Writing Lesson for K1 Classrooms

Have Yourself A Hairy Little Christmas K-1 Writing Lesson

This month our K-1 students practiced using descriptive adjectives in their writing using this fun book.

December Writing Lesson for Grades 2-4

Reindeer of the Year 2018! Writing Lesson

Do you have a favorite reindeer??  Students in Mrs. Dixon's 4th-grade class got to choose their favorite reindeer and tell what talents made their [...]