As back to school time approaches, I find myself, once again, taking steps to become more organized in my classroom. It is important to me to have a structured, clean,…
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Have you ever played the game “Hedbanz”?  If not, you’re missing out!! Go check it out here: http://www.hedbanz.com/. Anywho.. I have implemented a similar game in my classroom that I use…
Do you struggle teaching kids to write summaries? I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I have always struggled with teaching students exactly how to write a summary. I either received…
Does it take your students entirely too long to get situated when coming in to class?? I teach 4th grade reading to 3 different classes.  The students switch classes between…
Teaching theme is one of my most favorite skills because students are not only learning how to deconstruct and understand text, but they are also learning valuable life lessons. Teaching Theme Can…
I have spent a ton of money purchasing those little punch out letters for my classroom.  They look much nicer than the kind I can cut out using construction paper.…
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One of the final things we study in 4th grade math is Geometry. By this point in the year, students brains are tired, folks. It’s about that time when we…
When doing my character study, I find it is important that students realize that characters experience many different types of conflict in the stories that we read.  These conflicts play…
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An important 4th grade “craft & structure” standard, in my opinion, is the informational text structure standard. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.5Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts,…

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