Summer Slide

The Summer Slide Resources for Teachers

Students can lose valuable academic skills over the summer. This is referred to as the summer slide. Students slide backwards and actually lose progress. Students who lose the valuable skills often lose skills each summer of their school career, and the loss adds up. The good news is that the summer slide is preventable! One of the biggest ways to prevent the […]

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Easy Haiku Art for the Artistically Challenged Teacher

Easy Haiku Art Ideas

Haiku poetry is one of my favorite forms to teach. I love that haiku poems are able to capture a fleeting moment with a few short words. They are typically about nature, and the imagery in haiku can be incredible. Writing haiku requires so much critical thinking because students must be concise. It is also great for teaching word choice. If […]

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Wacky Wednesday!

Do you use Dr. Seuss books with your older students?  As a beginning 5th grade teacher, I scoffed at the idea of celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday with my almost middle schoolers. Dr. Seuss, after all, writes books for little kids. Books that rhyme. The Cat in the Hat. Green Eggs and Ham. You know what I mean. Well, I am embarrassed to admit […]

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STOP giving kids word lists to memorize!

Before I get into ideas for teaching vocabulary, I want you to think back on your own experiences… Remember when you were cramming for the SAT or GRE and you memorized list after list of words? Yeah. How many of those do you still remember? Probably some of these babies: choleric, felicitous, circumlocution, cacophony, just kidding. I’m sure I knew […]

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Poem-tac-toe Freebie!

Teaching poetry with elementary students can be intimidating, but there are so many important skills that can be addressed. First and foremost, fluency! We all know that reading a text repeatedly can help build fluency. When I taught third grade, it was so hard to get them to read a text again. #thestruggleisrealyo That’s why poems are so great! They are fun, […]

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