January 2014 - Minds in Bloom

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The Common Core State Standards have a heavy push on teaching informational text, but that can feel daunting to teach, especially since kids tend to enjoy non-fiction less. This blog post shares five informational text resources to make teaching it more fun, engaging, and worthwhile, so click through to read all five suggestions.

Informational Text Resources

Please welcome Brian and Eric of Wise Guys!  Today they share with us how they are meeting informational text standards in their classrooms.  Thanks guys! Informational text has become a major focus under the Common Core Standards. As classroom teachers, it is our goal to help our students become proficient in reading and writing informational text. Below are our top five ways we accomplish this

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Have you considered using task cards in interactive notebooks? Anna of Simply Skilled in Second wrote a blog post all about using one of Rachel Lynette's task card sets in interactive notebooks!

Using Task Cards in Interactive Notebooks

I just wanted to direct your attention to this awesome post from my blogging buddy, Anna DiGillio at Simply Skilled in Second Grade.  She created a simple and clever way to use task cards in interactive notebooks! Not only that, but you can also download a free template from her post! Picture Credit: Anna DiGillio Please head over and take a peek. I am sure

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The Gateway Book

Please welcome Caitlin of The Room Mom.  Today, she shares how she has guided her students to choose that one special book that leads them into being vivacious readers.  Be sure to check out her book suggestion path down below.  Thanks so much, Caitlin! It only takes one perfect book to get a child hooked on reading. I like to call this book the gateway book.

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Guest Blog Post for Edutopia

A few weeks ago I was asked to submit a guest post about my success on Teachers Pay Teachers for Edutopia. It was published yesterday and you can find it here. The goal was to give a brief description of TpT and some ideas about how to get started as a seller. If you found the post helpful and/or interesting, I would be thrilled if you

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Teachers always seem to be looking for new iPad apps to use in their classrooms. Our guest blogger shares several engaging iPad apps that you can check out and download, if you think they'll be a good fit in your classroom! Click through to read her post.

Engaging iPad Apps for the Classroom

Please welcome Katherine Fountain of Engaging a Creative Classroom.  She has shared an awesome list of iPad apps that engage students in an authentic learning experience.  Thanks for sharing with us today, Katherine! In the past few years, the number of iPads in classrooms has grown exponentially.  They are a relatively inexpensive way for schools to get technology into the hands of students.  There are

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