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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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

Got Junk??

It's that time of year, where I get anxious to start cleaning out all of the miscellaneous items that I have collected throughout the year! Well, today I was in our 2nd grade hallway and noticed [...]

Transitions in Writing: A Smooth Move

Transitions, transitions, transitions. The goal of any writer is to create a smooth, flowing piece, filled with interesting information, that their readers will enjoy.  This week, my 6th grade [...]