Collaborative Peer Editing Activity

One of my favorite ways to teach students to edit their writing pieces is through a collaborative activity that I like to call Musical Papers. In my classroom, I really value student collaboration and I make opportunities for the kids to work together whenever possible. This activity can be done with any writing piece, and it’s great for teaching students how to hone in on their editing skills. It’s also super fun!

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Picture Books that Teach Students Perseverance, Dedication, and Hard Work

Growth mindset is one of the most important values we can instill in our students. Growth mindset teaches that no matter what, we are capable of succeeding with the right amount of perseverance, dedication, and hard work. What teacher wouldn’t want to base lessons on this concept? Inspirational mentor texts are one of the best methods to teach growth mindset, in my experience.

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Picture Books for Point of View

How do you teach point of view to your students? It’s one of the most important concepts we can teach because it helps our kiddos take other people’s experiences, feelings, and life situations into account. In other words, empathy!

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Six Picture Books for Teaching Positive Self-Image

It’s not easy being a kid! Helping our students develop a positive self-image is one of the most important roles we can play as teachers. One of my favorite themed units to teach is “Be Yourself,” where we explore what makes us unique and learn to celebrate our differences.

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The Big Cheese: Daily Shared Writing

Writing + Community Building = Awesomeness When it was time for me to graduate from the fifth grade, we were told that our culmination theme was “America, the Beautiful,” and that there would be a speech writing contest where the winner could read their speech at the ceremony. I remember

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benchmark advance writing

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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