Helping your students dig deeper!

READING RESPONSE WITH LITERACY CHARTS  Getting my students to think critically when reading is a constant struggle, no matter what content I am teaching, getting my students to read critically is not easy.  I have taught science, social studies, math, writing and reading, and my kids hate to read, they like to skim, search andContinue reading “Helping your students dig deeper!”

Why I changed How I do my Vocabulary Instruction in the Classroom

Originally posted on Upper Elementary Antics:
? Well everyone the struggle is real! What struggle, you say the reading struggle.  I have taught every subject in upper elementary and when a student struggles, no matter what subject, it all comes down to reading comprehension. And after working with classes full of struggling readers, yes whole…

Figurative Language Freebie!

Originally posted on Upper Elementary Antics:
Figurative language is a common theme in standardized testing in upper elementary.  Students have to determine what the author or poet is trying to convey through inferencing and interpretation. Getting students to not always think literally is a challenge and knowing the common figures of speech is a just…

Figurative Language Freebie!

Figurative language is a common theme in standardized testing in upper elementary.  Students have to determine what the author or poet is trying to convey through inferencing and interpretation. Getting students to not always think literally is a challenge and knowing the common figures of speech is a just a start.  So I have aContinue reading “Figurative Language Freebie!”

How to teach poetry when your students struggle with reading!

How I teach poetry in fifth grade!   Unfortunately, when I teach poetry I can’t get as deep as I want to and do all the fancy projects that I would like.  However, I do have to prepare them for state test which always has some type of poem, so I teach my poetry soContinue reading “How to teach poetry when your students struggle with reading!”

11 Mistakes New Teachers make with Classroom Management

Last year our school worked with Teach across America ( I think that is what it is called, I am so bad with names) where student-teachers worked with seasoned teachers for a year and are now going into their own classrooms.  Well as one of our student teachers was hired and went to another schoolContinue reading “11 Mistakes New Teachers make with Classroom Management”

Why I changed How I do my Vocabulary Instruction in the Classroom

  Well everyone the struggle is real! What struggle, you say the reading struggle.  I have taught every subject in upper elementary and when a student struggles, no matter what subject, it all comes down to reading comprehension. And after working with classes full of struggling readers, yes whole classes, I was able to understandContinue reading “Why I changed How I do my Vocabulary Instruction in the Classroom”

Strategies for Struggling Readers

  How to help struggling readers in upper elementary?  By the time students get into the upper elementary grades they are expected to be able to read and comprehend at a certain level.  In most states they are even expected to take and pass a state test. So what do you do when they areContinue reading “Strategies for Struggling Readers”