10 Fun Writing Activities for Kids

Looking for some fun writing ideas? We’re excited to welcome back Julie Petersen to Minds in Bloom today! Julie’s written a great post for us about fun writing activities for kids, so please read on and comment with which activities you want to try with your students! What’s your style of teaching? Is it based on repetition? Yeah, that doesn’t work. I’ve tried it. Kids want

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Encouraging Kids to Write with “Write About” Ideas

Minds in Bloom is delighted to welcome Sandra, from Mrs. Naufal’s Nook, to the blog today! She’s sharing her tried-and-true tips for encouraging kids to write with “write about” ideas. Enjoy! As a teacher, I am thrilled to read a good book to a class.  I often look for books to which students can relate.  Many can be about real-life situations they have encountered, such as

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Novel Studies for the 21st Century Learner

We’re delighted to welcome our next guest blogger to Minds in Bloom! Shalyn is a teacher librarian who is sharing with us how to make novel studies more appropriate for 21st century skills and learning. Let’s go back in time and imagine that you are in your elementary/middle/high school classroom. The teacher announces that you are going to begin your literature circle rotation for the

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Text-based evidence is a hot term in the education world today, and it's for good reason. Finding text-based evidence to back up their answers and findings is an important skill for students to learn, as it truly enhances their reading comprehension. Our guest blogger shares her tips for utilizing text-based evidence in the middle school classroom, where the teacher is more likely to be teaching a novel study. Click through to read the full post!

Working with Text-Based Evidence in a Novel Study

Minds in Bloom is excited to welcome back Sharon from Classroom in the Middle! Her timely post on text-based evidence is sure to help you come up with fresh ideas for teaching your students how to utilize this important skill! Kids search for facts from texts when they’re doing research. They learn to find and use evidence to back up their claims when writing an

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Poetry ideas

25 Great Ideas for Teaching Poetry

Teaching poetry has always been one of my favorite units! I especially love reading the amazing poems that students write. Whether you are starting a poetry unit or want to integrate poetry into your curriculum all year long, here are some ideas to make poetry fun and meaningful for your students. Before you begin a poetry unit, you may want to make sure your students are

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Reading is one of the hardest subjects and hobbies to get kids to love. So, how do we prepare primary readers for middle school and carry on the good reading habits and mindsets that it seems so many K-6 teachers instill? Our guest blogger shares four tips that teachers in her schools use to create joy about reading and to prepare primary readers for their secondary schooling. Click through to read the tips and download a freebie!

4 Ways to Prepare Primary Readers for Middle School

Minds in Bloom is delighted to welcome Sara of Secondary Sara back to the blog today! Her post is all about getting those primary readers ready for middle school, so we know that you’ll find her tips useful and informative! Confession time: I teach middle school English, and if the fifth and sixth grade ELA teachers below me ever quit or retire, I’m in BIG

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Favorite Christmas Books to Read Out Loud

Christmas Books Your Students Will Love! Looking for some new books to read out loud to your students (or perhaps your own children)? You’ve come to the right corner of the blog-o-sphere. These books were all suggested by teachers from my Facebook page. Click on the title or the image to for more information on Amazon.  NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying purchases.

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Literary terms aren't the most fun topic, and there are a lot of them, so they can be hard to remember. These activities for teaching literary terms are fun, engaging, and authentic.

Activities for Teaching Literary Terms

We’re welcoming back Sharon, from Classroom in the Middle, to Minds in Bloom today. Sharon’s sharing her insight on how to make teaching literary terms effective and engaging. Does just the idea of teaching literary terms to another group of middle grade kids make you want to forget about lesson planning and curl up in front of a good movie instead? Teaching (or learning) any

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These Common Core-based literacy pages cover high-interest themes and help students improve ELA and reading skills. Your students will enjoy the challenge of these pages while practicing key reading strategies for growth.

Grab Your I Heart Literacy Freebie!

I’d love for you to try I Heart Literacy, so I whipped up a 5-page freebie (plus answer keys) to make it super easy! I Heart Literacy is a fabulous way to supercharge your ELA and reading skills review! Not only will students be practicing important standards, they will also be learning about curriculum-based topics as each page has its own high-interest theme! Skills are Common

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We all know that preventing summer slide is extremely important. This guest post shares a wealth of ideas for fun ways that parents can incorporate learning into everyday activities during the summer months.

Preventing Summer Slide

We’ve got a return guest blogger for you today, so please welcome Mary from NewMathTeacher back to Minds in Bloom! She’s got a great post about preventing summer slide for you. Looking for ways to encourage summer learning? Help parents prevent summer slide, the tendency for children to lose achievement gains, by building curiosity and exploration into summer plans. To feel successful children need ongoing

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Spring ELA Task Cards

Teacher Appreciation Freebie!

Hey there! I hope you are having an amazing Teacher Appreciation Week! Whatever they are doing for you (and I hope it is a bunch), it isn’t enough. If you got the appreciation you deserved, you would be treated like rock stars and professional athletes. So, two things. First off, TpT is throwing its annual Teacher Appreciation Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Of

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Are you looking for new read aloud books? Check out this list of top 10 read alouds for fourth grade! All of these books will engage your students in different ways and spark a lot of meaningful, impactful discussions.

Top 10 Read Alouds for Fourth Grade

Hi, I’m Lisa Robles from LisaTeachR’s Classroom.  I’ve been teaching 26 years (yikes!). I’m super excited to be blogging about this, because I am a book fanatic.  My favorite time in my class is read aloud time!  These are my top 10 favorite read alouds! Here are my top 10 read alouds for fourth grade: I like books that are multicultural and teach empathy–books that catch their

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