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Native American Teaching Resources: 5 Helpful Websites Many classrooms are using more and more technology.  Here are some Native American Teaching Resources: 5 Helpful Websites to use in your lesson plans. Wonderopolis I love how the articles start with a question, posted on a clean large green banner.  This draws the attention of the reader.  …
Cool Classroom Tech Tool, Buncee Ambassador This school year started off on the right foot with news that as a Buncee Ambassador, I will get to learn and use a cool classroom tech tool with my students! I was thrilled to discover I was chosen as a Buncee Ambassador this year! It’s quite an honor …
The Art of Digital Storytelling in the Classroom There is a process to learning how to teach the art of digital storytelling.  First, you must be curious, because crafting a digital story takes time. Second, you will be using reading, writing, and speaking skills.  Planning this cross-curricular project can be lots of fun…but also a …
How are you teaching creativity in the classroom? Years ago, I picked up a book titled 100 IDEAS FOR TEACHING CREATIVITY by Stephen Bowkett, in his introduction he explains that establishing a creative classroom is an approach to educate, not an add-on to the curriculum.  I like how he uses the term “brain science” and …
Study Authors’ Craft- What Do Authors Do? A person can learn to write better by studying published authors and their books. This process has helped me become a better writer but also a better teacher. My “I can” statements often have to do with “what authors do” in writing tasks. (“I can” statements let students …
A lesson using picture book Elwood Bigfoot by Jill Esbaum   What? I used this “making friends” story to break the ice in a new school setting as well as to introduce reading and writing strategies, like predicting, summarizing, word choice. Why? We study author’s craft: Authors use specific, perfect words when writing a story. How? We …
Picture Book Mentor Texts in the Classroom Part 2 Sentence Structure   Previously in class, we’ve zeroed in on sentences that intrigue us in some way. Maybe it’s the sound of the words, or the picture the words paint in our minds. I called them “golden lines.”   All the while, I’ve been studying the craft …
Picture Book Mentor Texts in the Classroom   During these last few days, my students are so excited because they have a chance to write their own fantasy picture book story, using picture books as mentor texts and models.  Today, two of my students were jumping up and down like they just won the lottery….all …
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