Reading Strategy Task Cards – FREE

I have this idea that if a teacher who has never used task cards tries them, she will love them so much that she will simply have to get more. That is one reason why I made this set of free Reading Strategies Task Cards. While totally useful as a stand-alone activity, this set of task cards is kind of a sampler of some of

The Day AFTER Halloween: Tips for Making It through the Day

It’s almost upon us…one of the most dreaded days of the entire school year…the day AFTER Halloween. Most likely your students stayed up way too late the night before and have eaten more candy in a single night than they usually do in a month. I know that taking a sick day is one great way to deal with November 1st, but if that is

Everything Halloween Activities, Ideas, and Freebies

If you’re looking for Halloween activities, we have lots of ideas for you.  This post is a collection of our most popular October ideas and freebies. You can click the link to check out each post and grab up any of the free materials that go with the post. Any of these activities will bring a little holiday fun to the season! Writing Prompts! Writing

Teaching Theme Ideas

Ideas for Teaching Theme to your 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders!

How to Teach Theme to Students I used to think teaching theme was difficult. Other skills, like story elements, are generally pretty straight forward. Setting, character, and plot–easy peasy. There are tons of resources available, and the concepts are fairly concrete.  NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases. But then you get to theme. Whats theme and how do you teach something that

Halloween Read Alouds

Halloween Books to Read-Aloud

Looking for some great Halloween books to share with your students? A few days ago, I asked my Facebook followers to share their favorite Halloween book to read out loud. Their responses are below, along with any comments they had to offer. You can learn more about each book by clicking on the title or the image to go to the Amazon listing. Please note

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