Need technology tools to support reading and writing in your classroom? Our guest blogger shares her list of the best technology tools to do this. Check out the list and see if you're missing out on some great technology integration!

Best Technology Tools to Support Reading and Writing

My name is Lisa Robles, and I am so thankful to guest blog for Rachel Lynette. I had the good fortune of attending her sessions at the Teachers Pay Teachers conference in Vegas, and she was awesome!   First, I’m going to get on my soapbox for a second.  Technology should never be a babysitter.  It should be a tool for creation!  Especially with the

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Do you need more rigorous spelling practice in your instruction? Our guest blogger shares her three best apps for spelling practice in this post. She explains how each app works and what she likes about it.

3 Best Apps for Spelling Practice

Hi!  My name is Amy, and I’m from 180 Days of Reading.  I am a Reading Specialist and former kindergarten teacher with a first grader at home. Some days I feel like I eat, sleep, and breathe spelling patterns.  I hit a wall at home with my first grader and spelling homework this year.  I was tired of the “write your words three times each”

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Handwriting Tips for Lower Grades

Hi everyone!  I’d like to thank Rachel for allowing me to guest post on her blog today.  What an honor! I’m Amy from Cahill’s Creations.  I’ve been a teacher for 11 years with the last 6 spent in kindergarten.  I’m always searching for new ideas, tips, tricks, and resources to help my kinder kids achieve their goals.  I also LOVE creating fresh new resources that

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Green, Yellow, Red: The Keys to the Perfect Persuasive Essay

Hi! I’m Jennifer from Pages Of Grace, and I am thrilled to be a guest blogger for Minds in Bloom! One of my favorite things about teaching 5th grade is persuasive writing!  I think we can all agree that 5th graders have opinions…strong opinions  The great thing about persuasive writing is that the children get to voice their opinions. However, rather than just telling someone what

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Spring Would You Rather This or That

Would You Rather Questions for Spring and Easter

Here are some fun “Would you Rather…” Spring & Easter questions to bring a little SUNSHINE to your class! “Would You Rather”, “This or That” – Whatever you call this game, your students will love it!  You’ll love the: Respectful Discussion & Debate Critical thinking skills Communicating thoughts and ideas Defending thoughts and opinions Being open to new perspectives Flexibility in thinking Adopting a personal

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Writing in math may seem odd, but it's an important practice with the new standards being used today. This guest post shares creative and insightful ways to add writing to math class. These methods will really get your students thinking!

Ideas for Using Writing in Math

Today’s guest blogger is Mrs. D, and she’s sharing some wonderful and creative ideas for incorporating more writing into math curriculum. It’s totally possible–but it requires thinking about math differently. 🙂   Writing across the curriculum has been a movement in education, and my school district is no exception. With the recent changes to Common Core and PARCC testing, I found myself at a loss for how

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This guided short story activity will have your students using only four of their senses to determine what a mystery object might be. Then, they have to create a story based on the object and a given prompt!

4 Senses Guided Short Story Activity

Hi! I’m Gina of PerfettoWritingRoom. Special thanks today to Minds in Bloom for co-hosting this article! It is one of the very best blogs on the block, if I do say so myself.   My most inspired writing project is a freebie I’m sharing with you today: 4 Senses Guided Short Story Activity. Calling it a prompt isn’t fair. Truly, it is an EXPERIENCE that is

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Our guest blogger shares useful tips on how to stretch out mentor texts to not only improve reading skills but to also be used in cross-disciplinary units. Mentor texts can be used for reading, writing, social studies, science, and even math!

Maximizing Time with Mentor Texts

Minds in Bloom is thrilled to welcome Jessica from Ideas by Jivey to the blog! Jessica is sharing some information about her favorite topic: mentor texts!   I love a good piece of literature, don’t you?? And I REALLY wish that I could just read all day long, but I can’t. There just isn’t enough time! (Can I get an AMEN?) So instead, I maximize my time

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Minds in Bloom had a wealth of great posts in 2014, but these 10 take the cake as the best posts of 2014. Click through to our Pinterest board to see all of the posts!

Minds in Bloom: Best Posts of 2014

Here is a little round up of the best Minds in Bloom Posts of 2014! Each of these posts has had over 10,000 page views, and many have gotten quite a few more than that! As you can see, most of them are guest posts, which is awesome! You will find a wealth of information here, and if you like something, then be sure to

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Books that make kids want to write DO exist! Many kids miss the connection between reading and writing, which is an essential connection and understanding for them to have in their education. Our guest blogger shares five books that make kids want to write in this post. Your kids will be chomping at the bit to write after reading these books, too!

Books that Make Kids WANT to Write

Minds in Bloom is excited to present Heather Earley with her inspiring guest post on making kids WANT to write. She’s got lots of great book suggestions. You’re bound to find a new favorite!   My addiction to books has been a long and expensive habit!  However, I was never much of a writer in school and dreaded “creative” writing assignments.  I was missing the

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We know most students don't love writing, but these ideas for writing across the curriculum make it fun--and students won't realize they're writing!

Writing across the Curriculum

Minds in Bloom is happy to present another stellar post from Shelley Rolston on Writing across the Curriculum. Enjoy!   I heard it a lot from students when I taught the upper elementary grades: “I’d like science if I didn’t have to write about it.” Or, “This is not math, it’s writing!” Have you ever heard this?  In the younger grades they don’t often express

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Writing in math class may seem unexpected, but it actually provides a way for students to strengthen their math skills and understanding. Our guest blogger shares how she uses journals in math class and some examples of different writing prompts that she assigns her students. She describes how journaling in math has helped her students to better master the content and enjoy math class!

Writing in Math Class?

Minds in Bloom is happy to present this guest post by Kim of Teaching Math by Hart. We just know you’re going to love this post on journaling in math class!   When I first introduce journaling to my students in my class, I generally hear comments like, “Aren’t we in Math class right now?” followed by, “Isn’t journaling for Language Arts class?”   Who would

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Writer's Workshop is a popular teaching method used by many teachers, but it can feel daunting to some. Our guest blogger shares why she uses Writer's Workshop in her classroom, as well as how she sets it up and runs it. Click through to learn more!

The Writer’s Workshop Format

Hi!  I’m Shelley from The Write Stuff Teaching.  Many teachers thoroughly enjoy teaching in a Writer’s Workshop format.  What’s great is that students love it and can learn a lot about writing, if the Writer’s Workshop is organized and executed in a way that is differentiated for all learners.   I want to thank Rachel Lynette for giving me the opportunity to share with you

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Teaching kids to paraphrase is often just as challenging as paraphrasing is on its own. Rachel Lynette shares some of her top tips for teaching students how to paraphrase, step by step, in this blog post. You can also learn more about two sets of paraphrasing task cards that are available in her Teachers Pay Teachers store!

Teaching Kids to Paraphrase, Step by Step

Paraphrasing is such a hard skill to master – and so very important! Paraphrasing is essential for many kinds of writing. Kids who don’t learn to paraphrase well will not only grow into poor writers but may also even resort to plagiarism, which is not at all a good thing. Here is a step by step plan for teaching paraphrasing to your students. Start by

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