Planning + Organization

How to Fit in Projects with Benchmark Advance

Spoiler Alert: The key to fitting in all the Benchmark Advance curriculum is … you don’t! I’ve been hearing lots of frustration and worry from teachers in my group lately surrounding this exact topic, so I wanted to address it on the blog. I don’t have time!How do you find

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A Collaborative List of Great Read Aloud Titles

I see this question pop up all the time; “What are some suggested read alouds for xx grade?” I decided to create a LIVE Google Slides document where we can all go in and add our suggestions for good read alouds. You can also use the list to get suggestions. As with all things collaborative, remember to give more than you take so that the list can grow into a valuable resource for everyone!

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A Not-So-Corny Learning Experience (Fifth Grade CORN Unit)

     Veronica is a fourth grade teacher in Ceres, CA. Last year, she taught fifth grade and created a unique, immersive, thematic corn unit to accompany Benchmark Advance Unit 3: Cultivating Natural Resources.   Ahhh, Unit three Cultivating Natural Resources, the infamous corn unit. It’s really not as terrible as

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Review & Routines: The First 15-20 Days of Benchmark Advance

Before diving into Unit 1 of Benchmark Advance, there are several weeks of lessons meant to prepare your students for what’s about to hit them! The lessons included in the Review and Routines teach the students classroom routines, reading strategies, writing strategies, and procedures for “workstations.”

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Writing With Benchmark Advance

For the last month or so, I’ve made it my mission to break down Benchmark Advance’s writing component. To be honest, it was the one area that I felt I had not yet mastered using this curriculum. I had (and sometimes still have!) a hard time getting through a week

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10 Reasons Why I Love Benchmark Advance

If you’re here because your district adopted the Benchmark Advance curriculum and you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re going to want to read this. And you may want to join this Benchmark Facebook group for planning, organization, and tips! Adopting new curriculum is always tough. As teachers, we tend to know what

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Benchmark Advance: Fitting Everything In!

The Benchmark Advance Language Arts Curriculum can be a shock to the system! It’s an extremely thorough program with an endless amount of resources to use to teach, but it can be overwhelming trying to navigate all the pieces and fit them into a regular school day. I have come

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