Teaching Students to Annotate Poetry
This blog post explains how I teach my fifth graders to annotate poetry in order to understand it better. Poetry is SUCH a powerful writing genre to use in the classroom!
Novel Brochure Google Classroom Freebie
Novel Brochure - Pamphlet for Google Classroom Freebie! This resource allows students to create a pamphlet that can be edited for ANY novel! The file contains a Google Drive link that can be used for Google Classroom. **Be sure to MAKE A COPY of the link and save to your own Google Drive Enjoy...
Classroom Tour with lots of FREEBIES! - Smitten with First
As you may have read in my last post, it was time for some MAJOR change in my classroom decor this year! Here’s a little peek into my farmhouse chic inspired classroom. Over the summer I came across the most adorable shiplap inspired wood bulletin board paper at our local teacher store, and knew I had …
The Literary Maven: 15 Poem and Song Pairings to Liven Up Your Poetry Unit
Many students are intimidated by poetry, so using music can help you ease them into poetry analysis as there's really no difference between looking at the lyrics of a song and the lines of a poem. Read on for 15 song and poem pairings that will liven up your poetry unit.
A Visual Guide to Theme (with Teaching Tips)
Theme might be the most difficult concept for ELA students of all ages to understand. This visual guide to theme presents the concept of theme for students in a way that they can easily comprehend and remember. You can print it off for their notebooks or learning stations, post it in the room, or pl...
10 Ways to Add Movement in the ELA Classroom - Building Book Love
Whether your students are lethargic or super-charged, adding movement to your lesson plans will help to solve both issues. Not only is it healthy to move throughout the day, but it can also help students focus and become more engaged with the content they are trying to master. Due to the nature of English classes, ELA ... Read More about 10 Ways to Add Movement in the ELA Classroom
The Best Anchor Charts - Dianna Radcliff
Reading Literature Anchor Chart for Theme. Teach students common messages in a text along with lessons that can be stated or implied. #reading #anchorchart #readingstandards #readinginstruction
Fun with personification in my fourth grade classroom today! I read the children's book, The Little Red Pen, which is filled with examples of personification, and then the students wrote their own sentences bringing an object to life. They loved it!
Summarizing Nonfiction Text During a Social Studies Lesson (with a free graphic organizer!)
Summarizing Nonfiction Text Anchor Chart- The author modeled how to write a nonfiction summary after reading a social studies lesson from a textbook.
Inference with Pixar Animated Short Film:One Man Band Video Teach Theme & Plot
Inferencing with Pixar Animated Short Film:One Man Band: Common Core ELA Test Prep is FUN with ONE MAN MAND PIXAR VIDEO CLIP ACTIVITIES! Perfect for reluctant readers and students with disabilities. Use PIXAR "One Man Ban" videos to teach inferencing, theme, main idea and summary, plot, conflict, characterization and more!
Biography Research and Writing Made Easy – Teacher Trap
The genre of biography is amazing for teaching so many essential reading and writing skills! Plus, biography serves double-duty when students research and learn about an important figure.