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Hatchet makes a great choice for a literature circle or book club with your students. It is an engaging survival story that captures readers from the early chapters. This no prep Hatchet Novel Study Unit helps them students build comprehension skills through this award-winning survival story by Gary Paulsen without handing them a sheet of […]

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I entered the first classroom I would call my own in late August of 2005. As a brand new teacher, I walked in ready to take on the world. I was going to make change…and have a gorgeous classroom while doing it. For those of you who aren't familiar with my story, my first classroom […]

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Can you believe it is May already? As we move (speedily) toward the end of another crazy school year, it is hard to believe summer is really just around the corner. May also means Teacher Appreciation Week, which comes with some awesome deals for teachers. Last updated May 5, 2019. Disclaimer: Deals may not be […]

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Growing your classroom management skills can feel overwhelming. Sometimes it is assumed that you are either naturally talented in this area or it will always be a struggle. Whether you've got just a few great classroom management strategies or you're a seasoned veteran, each year brings unique challenges that require us to adjust and grow. […]

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Three times a year you get handed a color-coded spreadsheet of universal screening data. Most likely you take a quick glance, confirm those are the kids who appear to be struggling and move on. However, your reading universal screening data has really useful information. It can help identify where more information is needed and what […]

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The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner is such a great book for literature circles or book clubs because it captures the adventurous spirit and creativity of childhood. This no prep Boxcar Children Novel Study Unit, written as a companion to the first book in the series, engages readers and gets them thinking about the […]

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Math fact fluency is an important step toward math proficiency. Students who know their facts are better equipped to manage math word problems and throughout their real world experiences. Despite knowing the reasons math fact fluency matters, it can be hard to find time adequate time and engaging resources to practice this foundational skill. What […]

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These days almost all schools gather some type of screening data to identify which students might need additional interventions through RTI. Regardless of whether your campus uses AIMSweb, DIBELS, or one of the other available options, it can sometimes feel like these short assessments are completely useless in the grand scheme of things. I mean, […]

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Do you read A Wrinkle in Time as part of a literature circle or book club with your students? This no prep A Wrinkle in Time Novel Study Unit engages students with this classic story by Madeline L'Engle without overwhelming them with endless lists of surface-level comprehension questions. The included activities are easy to differentiate for […]

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Do you read A Wrinkle in Time as part of a literature circle or book club with your students? This no prep A Wrinkle in Time Novel Study Unit engages students with this classic story by Madeline L'Engle without overwhelming them with endless lists of surface-level comprehension questions. The included activities are easy to differentiate for […]

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