Celebrating Dot Day with Big Kids

This week my class had so much fun celebrating International Dot Day! Here are some ideas for how you can celebrate with your own class! 1) Dress to Impress: I knew that I wanted to hook my students without giving too much away. So, instead of telling them what I

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TPT Back to School Gift Card Giveaway!

Did you know that TPT is having a Boost Sale Tomorrow? That means that my entire store will be 28% off! To help celebrate, myself, along with some other awesome bloggers will be giving away $10 TPT gift cards. Be sure to read to the end of this post to

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Launching Genius Hour

It is no secret to my colleagues that I absolutely LOVE Genius Hour! Some people call it Passion Projects, others call it 20% time, but the idea is essentially the same. Providing students with one block a week to work on something that is important to them or that they

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Quick, Easy, Sight Word Storage

If your classroom is anything like mine, you have kids at all different levels! I teach grade 4/5 combined but I have kids working at a grade 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 level in English Language Arts. As you know, that can sometimes become slightly overwhelming! Here is a

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No Excuses List

Has this ever been you after reading your students work? Sally has forgotten to use punctuation. Joey has misspelled “the” and “at”. Yousuf has forgotten to start his sentences with capital letters! You know that you have taught your students these basic writing concepts, but for some reason they keep

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