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Review to Escape the Room

4th graders that saved all of the zoo animals

With the E.O.Gs around the corner, we have been reviewing concepts with Escape the Room type questions created by Teresa Kwant. The students have to solve common core questions and in order in to save zoo animals, capture monsters, and other amazing tasks. The students have had a great time trying to Escape the Room. The group below captured all ... Read More »

PicCollage for the Littles

PicCollage is a creation app that is used frequently in my Kindergarten classroom. I feel it is important to give our children a voice and choice in their education. PicCollage allows me to do just that. After a short lesson with all of my kiddos, they were PicCollage Pros! PicCollage allows you to import photos from your Camera Roll. Students ... Read More »

Digital Readworks

Readworks has now created lexile leveled passages for students to read and complete questions. These passages are common core based and you can select, then assign passages for the student to complete digitally. The students are engaged and love reading about different topics. Check out digital.readworks.org. Read More »

Need something to check student learning?

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Help your students close the achievement gaps with exit tickets created by Zeal Exit Tickets. Using the Zeal Exit Tickets, you can see what your students are still struggling on after you have taught a lesson. Then you can adjust your teaching to help those students in their area of weakness. You can assign exit tickets in reading and math ... Read More »

Reaching Illinois ELA Support Documents Ensure Alignment to Standards

The Illinois Department of Public Instruction has developed amazing resources for ELA teachers in grades K-12 that provide research-based instructional strategies directly aligned to the Common Core State Standards for both Reading Literature and Reading Informational Texts. If you scroll down through these documents, you will find each standard with research-based strategies to use when teaching each standard explicitly. K-5 Informational ... Read More »

Close Reading and Annotation – What Do They REALLY Mean?

Students writing

There has been a great deal of buzz around the phrases “close reading” and “annotation” since the Common Core State Standards were introduced a few years ago.  However, these terms have become ambiguous over time, and people really aren’t sure exactly what they really mean in terms of classroom practice.  Help, however, is on the way.  The resources below on ... Read More »

MobyMax Program

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This year our school received a grant for the online math/reading program MobyMax.  This online program can be accessed on apple devices and windows operating system at www.mobymax.com.  Students take placement tests to place them on their grade level. When students log on it is self-paced for their reading and math. Teachers can set the order of the concepts, can ... Read More »

55 Essential Vocabulary Words to Increase Achievement

According to Marilee Sprenger, “Researchers estimate 85% of achievement test scores are based on the vocabulary of the standards. Students from poverty, ELL students, and other at-risk students are particularly in need of learning these words in ways that meet their specific learning needs.” Click here to access the high frequency words of the CCSS and words present in the exemplars ... Read More »

The Power of iMovie

The fourth grade students in my class have been completing a month long project where they have learned about a famous African-American. They completed all of their research using NCWISEOWL and different biography websites. The students then took the information they researched and created a cereal box that tells about their famous African-American. The students also came up with the ... Read More »

NCDPI Seeks Feedback on Common Core State Standards

According to the NCDPI website, NC public school parents and community members are invited to go online and give their feedback on the standards for English language arts and mathematics instruction for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The NC Department of Public Instruction has launched an online survey for parents and community members to provide feedback on the standards currently ... Read More »