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Mentorship: Sixth Graders Teaching First Graders

A couple of weeks ago, our first grade classes took turns visiting my 6th grade class to learn about writing details. The first graders were making their end of the year book about an animal that [...]

Non-Fiction Text Features

It's tornado season here in the Texas Panhandle, and our 2nd grade students are learning all about these powerful storms. They are  using the lessons in their EW Expository guide to glean [...]

Grade 2-4 Animal Features

Our third-graders finished up their videos on the May 2-4 lesson of the month- Animal Features. They are adorable! Check out these student videos below. Have you downloaded the lesson yet?? If [...]

End of Year Friend Book

   If you do not have this book in your library, it is a must have! Short, sweet and to the point, it tells of a little girl's day at school and all of the ways that she shows kindness to others. [...]

Reading for Information/Response to Text

Look at these samples from Mrs. Strickland's 3rd grade class! They are busy as can be preparing for their reading STAAR test coming up next week. After reading an article on the monarch butterfly, [...]

May Lessons of the Month

These lessons are sure to keep your students engaged this last month of school!

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K-1 Year End Friendship Book            2-5 What if I had Animal...       [...]

It's A Writing Party!

Last week, our Elementary celebrated all of the success we have had in writing across grade levels K-4 this year. ELAR teachers came together to share student samples, stories, special moments, [...]

Cross-Curricular Teaching: Science in the ELA Classroom

Over the past two years, I have been working with my team at Bushland to develop a deeper learning atmosphere for the students in our classrooms. We have spent many hours planning together to [...]

World War II Unit Launched!

My sixth grade class just finished up our unit in Social Studies and English on WWII last week. This is one of my favorite units that I do each year!  I changed the finished product up a bit this [...]

Before and After Samples

It is that time of year when I begin to reflect on how far my students have come, and what I still need to get done before school is out! As I was looking through some of my beginning and mid year [...]