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Unit 2 of Benchmark Advance

Unit 2 of Benchmark Advance

Unit 2 focuses on characters and is the first fictional unit for the year.  Using fables and folktales, we will learn about characters.  This unit will incorporate many fun and creative activities. Introducing the Unit I begin this unit with an anchor chart focusing on the essential question. During this

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Unit 1 of Benchmark Advance

Immediately after the Review + Routines weeks, CA and National Edition teachers transition into a unit on rules and government, which I think is pretty fitting! We transition from talking about classroom rules and expectations to larger-scale ideas.

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What is the Schwa, and How Do I Teach It?

What is the Schwa? “Schwa” is such a funny sounding word to describe what’s actually the most common vowel sound in the English language. It may be common, but it’s not always well understood by elementary teachers.  So what is it, anyway? According to the Oxford Language Dictionary, it’s “the

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Unit 9 of Benchmark Advance

Now, I have to be honest with you. As much as I liked the unit concepts for Unit 9 of Benchmark Advance, I rarely ever made it through the whole unit with as much intention as I would have liked to. My class has done a project that ties into

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The Five-Day Week With Benchmark Advance

Have you ever taken more than one week to get to all the week’s lessons in a Benchmark Advance unit? Of course you have! There’s just SO MUCH. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard overwhelmed teachers wonder how we’re supposed to fit it all in. I can

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Unit 8 of Benchmark Advance

Let’s get started on Unit 8! Here, friends, is your home for all of my resources, tips, tricks, project ideas, and freebies on Benchmark Advance Unit 8, our Earth Science unit.

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Turn Your Students Into Expert Researchers

Turn Your Students Into Expert Researchers

There are of course positives and negatives that come with the sort of access we all have in the 21st century. We have to teach our students to tell the difference between good information and bad information. They need to learn how to pick out the important details as they read about the subject they’re researching, without getting bogged down with less-than-necessary details. Students also have to be able to think critically about what they discover, presenting it to others in an organized manner.

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How I Differentiate Guided Math Lessons

Meeting with each small group every day allows me to see exactly where my students need help. I can easily check in with each one individually and help them work through a misconception or a struggle as we work on the day’s math objective together.

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