February 2013 - Minds in Bloom

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Sometimes a book or other text can help students better understand certain skills they need to learn in order to be successful in the classroom. This non-fiction book, Ben and Baily Build a Book Report, helps students learn how to correctly write a book report! Click through to learn more about how the book accomplishes this goal.

Ben and Bailey Build a Book Report

I don’t usually blog about the books I have written, but I decided to write about this one because I am particularly happy with it. I was paid a flat author’s fee for the book, so there are no royalties for me involved in this post. Usually, I write straight nonfiction, but this one was fun because there was a fictional element. Basically, Ben and

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Have your class complete this fun activity where they have to name that Dr. Seuss book - using only the initials of the books! I recommend giving younger students a list of Dr. Seuss books or, at the very least, making sure you have all of the books in your classroom library. Get ready for some fun and critical thinking with this freebie!

Name That Dr. Seuss Book Printable Freebie

What Dr. Seuss book goes with these initials: GEAH? Green Eggs and Ham, of course! I originally got the idea for this activity while watching Jeopardy. One of the categories featured initials of Dr. Seuss books, and the contestants had to come up with the titles. Naturally, I decided it would make a great activity for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday/Read Across America. This activity is ready-to-use

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Seven Inspiring Teacher Movies

Last night we were surfing Netflix looking for something to watch when we came across the movie Mona Lisa Smile, which features a young(er) Julia Roberts trying convince her 1950s, female college students that there is more to life than marriage. The movie was not only entertaining, but it also reminded me why I went in to teaching to begin with – to make a difference.

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Teaching Word Roots plus a Freebie!

Krista and Julie from Reading Olympians have some wonderful information to share about why it is so important to teach word roots and how to do it. Hi Everyone!  This is Julie and Krista from Reading Olympians, and we are incredibly honored to be guest bloggers for Rachel! Over the past few years our vocabulary instruction has taken us on an interesting and exciting journey—we

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Organizing 3-Week Lesson Plans

Once again I am so thrilled to welcome yet another great blogger to Minds in Bloom. Cynthia Vautrot from 2nd Grade Pad has contributed this amazing post organizing 3-week lesson plans. Raise your hand if you do Intervention Groups… Raise your hand if you are required to keep records for RTI… Are any of you familiar with 3-week Lesson Plans?  We have been doing them at

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The Common Core State Standards sometimes make it seem like teaching needs to be very concrete and to-the-point. However, there's still room for creativity and interactive strategies. The Wise Guys, our guest bloggers, share a few free PowerPoints they've created that detail different interactive reading strategies to use with Common Core Standards. Download the freebies in this post!

Interactive Reading Strategies for the Common Core

I am so very pleased to welcome Brian and Eric, better known as Wise Guys, to Minds in Bloom. One of the most important activities you can do with your students is to teach them to become proficient readers.  In order to accomplish this, teachers must learn how to teach their students how to use reading strategies effectively when reading literature or informational text. This

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Sometimes, teachers need creative ways to manage minds in bloom. Youngsters respond well to classroom management tools that use positive reinforcement and that are fun, catchy, and attainable. Read this pair of teachers' suggestions for managing minds in bloom!

Managing Minds in Bloom

Hi there, Minds in Bloom readers! Thanks so much for having us! We feel incredibly honored and smarter just being invited here! We have a little confession to make: Minds in Bloom was one of the very first blogs we ever discovered in this world of edublogs…and we’ve been stalking reading it ever since! We are Christy and Tammy from Fluttering Through First Grade. We’re visiting today to

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