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Preparing Your Classroom

WOW! This summer is already going by so fast! I hope you all are having a relaxing vacation. I have been busy as can be spreading my love for reading and writing with as many people as I can. In [...]

Side By Side Book Covers

Each year, I always begin with section one in my EW Expository/Opinion Guide focusing on author's purpose and genre. Here is one of my most favorite lessons that I introduce when school begins and [...]

Changing Standards

If you are a teacher in Texas, you are well aware that our TEKS are changing next year for ELAR. And if you are a teacher period, you know that changing standards is an ongoing process that [...]

No Go Words in Expository Writing

Our first grade classes create an expository book about an animal that they research each year in May. This year, my class teamed up to help them increase their vocabulary when writing about the [...]

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...       [...]