August 2012 - Minds in Bloom
This list of ideas for teaching homophones will not only have your students mastering them before you know it, but they'll also have them learning and practicing homophones in fun, authentic ways! Teaching homophones doesn't need to be a challenge!

Ideas for Teaching Homophones plus a Freebie!

Eye love teaching homophones! Their are sew many fun activities, and as wee all no, it is an important skill four students two learn inn order too right correctly and meat Common Core Standards. Hear are sum ideas: NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. Create Double Homophone Sentences My third graders had a ball with these. The challenge is to put both

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Are You a Gold Star Pinner?

Some of my teacher friends and I have noticed what we consider to be a disturbing trend on Pinterest lately. It seems like many teacher sellers are spamming boards with for-purchase items, usually without a price or even a $ sign to indicate that it is not a free item. While I agree that it is fine to pin some for-purchase products, I am concerned

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Student goal setting is an often underestimated facet of classroom instruction. Setting student goals provides both extrinsic and intrinsic motivation to improve and succeed. This free worksheet will help you and your students start setting goals right now.

Setting Student Goals: Tips and a Freebie!

Learning to set goals is an important skill. Among other things, setting goals: Helps students to identify where issues or challenges are occurring. Requires students to make a realistic plan to solve the problem/achieve the goal. Empowers students to make positive changes in their lives. That is why I created this easy-to-use goal-setting worksheet that can be used three different times throughout the school year (fall, winter,

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Are you a teacher who is looking for back to school resources? Minds in Bloom has a wealth of products, both paid and free, that will prepare you for your entire school year! Products cover classroom management, community building, math, reading, spelling, and more!

Back to School Resources

Just in case you are looking for some Back to School products, here are some great ones from my store (just click on the image to go to the product page): Beginning of the Week Activities and Management Tools for the Whole Year This is a mixed bundle of activities, forms, printables, and ideas that will help get your year off to a great start! Download it

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Informational text structures are not the most riveting topic to teach, but they are incredibly important for helping students' comprehension of informational text. Download these free informational text structures posters (and check out a link to a related task card set) from this blog post!

FREE Informational Text Structures Handout and Poster

Informational Text Structures can be tricky to teach, but they are important for understanding nonfiction text. Not only that, but they are also part of the Informational Text Common Core Standards for fourth and fifth grade: RI.4.5. Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.   RI.5.5. Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology,

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