It Will Never Be Enough - My Best Advice For Fellow Teachers


Have you stopped to look around at all the amazing teachers lately? These teachers are killing it. They have kids engaged in learning that's mind-blowing.

If you aren't a teacher let me give you a quick glimpse into our lives to help you understand this post's central message. We have 20+ (give or take a few) kids in our classes.  Each one of these beautiful children comes with their own special set of care instructions.  Each child comes with 0-4 parents and 0-8 grandparents who sometimes want to communicate their thoughts with the teacher about how they could be doing it better.  Some children have a varied set of abilities like throwing desks as far as a discus thrower or throwing themselves on the floor for a marathon tantrum, all while these teachers keep teaching, solve the child's problem and never stop loving that kid who just spit all over them.  Teachers understand that behind every behavior lies a broken child who needs help.  They stay up late at night coming up with the perfect lesson that will support Johnny while helping Jane to flourish.  That amazing teacher will stop by the store at 6:00 a.m. and spend their own money to get the needed materials for today's lesson.  They know what it means to differentiate and move every child in the room through at least a year's growth.  Only to have their district personnel come in the next day for a walk through and rip them apart.  Meanwhile the district isn't upholding their contracts and providing compensation so that the teacher can eat and pay their electric bill.  While they're standing in line the person next to them decides to tell them that they should be thankful because they get summer's off.  Any teacher will tell you that this scenario is common place and not an exaggeration.

As a mentor teacher one of the most frequently asked questions that I get is "What would you like all new teachers to know?"  To that I answer this, "It will never be enough".  You can stay up all night and it will not be recognized.  You can teach your heart out and it will be expected and not appreciated.  You can spend every last dime to provide for your students and you'll be thanked by having your tax credit taken away.  For my fellow teachers, just know that I'm with you.  I've shed the same tears over the same sorrow as you.  I suggest you do what you can in the classroom while living in a way that provides a happy life for you and your family.  In the end it will never be enough in the classroom, but it will be in your home so choose wisely friends.

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ELA Lesson Plans #12


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Here we are in week two of one of the best units EVER! The students are having a great time learning about cultures from around the world, how those cultures affect us, all while incorporating reading, writing and social studies standards together.  This week will not disappoint! All teachers know that learning just before a break can leave students a little less motivated, distracted and it may feel a bit like herding cats.  This is why I up the engagement of my lessons so that students keep on going until the minute they leave on Friday.

We will be diving into comparing and contrasting again on Monday.  The students will have a host of H.O.T questions to guide their thinking.  On Wednesday we will take a break a break during shared reading from cultures and dive into Thanksgiving.  We do not learn about a sugar coated Thanksgiving, rather we learn an age appropriate approximation of the events.  Students will look at the cause/effect relationships between these events in order to connect each event through a timeline.  Students have been discussing and learning about an author's point for weeks now, Thursday will have them reading three passages, determining the purpose and finding evidence to support the different points.

So much going on this week that every minute counts.  Our shared reading lessons will run between 20-30 minutes.  We will have fun read alouds ever day.  (I'll list some of them below for you.). We will also be incorporating fall fun into our guided reading.  Students will continue to write their Sweden pieces to display for their culture fair.  If you are interested in details to any of the extra events that I have listed, please look for links below.  You can find my lesson plan outlines from A Modern Teacher here.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click below to see what a culture fair is and how to run one.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Here are my read alouds for the week.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Need a freebie for bellwork? Click on the picture below.  Check out last week's lessons for a couple other freebies for a culture fair.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click below for some of the materials that I'm using this week.
Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.




Playdough Word Workstation



Looking for an inexpensive word workstation that's ready to go? I found these letters and play dough in a set at Walmart for $6.  The play dough fits perfectly in a pencil box.  The letters also fit perfectly in a pencil box.  This center pairs perfectly with my DIY sound boxes.  Click on the picture below to find the directions for them.


ELA Lesson Plans #11


The next two week's of lessons are going to be two of the BEST WEEKS EVER!  The students absolutely love learning about different countries and essentially getting to travel around the world. We will start the unit off during bellwork on the first day by making a suitcase to store our papers in.  You can see an example of the suitcase in the picture below titled "Travel The World".  Each day we will focus on a new standard and a new country in reading.  Students have already encountered each of these standards and will lead their learning in small groups.  Centers will be set up for them that include differentiated text, hands-on images of items from the country, flags, maps and a sight seeing guide.  You'll see examples of these in pictures below.  The unit that I made for these standards contains all print and go materials so there's not a ton of prep.  There will be a written assessment each day in the form of a graphic organizer that students will store in their suitcases.  Each day we will play a folk tale from the country that we get off of youtube for a read aloud.  It's another great way to incorporate more standards while the students stay engaged.  When time permits, students will get to make a craft during bell work from the country of the day.


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

During writing we will write an informational piece on our country of choice.  Each student will be assigned a different topic to write about.  The topic may include:  food, art, music, practice, clothing and/or beliefs.  We will use this writing during our culminating experience which is a Grade Level Culture Fair.  If you want to see how we run our Culture Fair, click on the second picture of this post.


Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click on the picture below for a Sweden freebie.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click below for a free passage on the U.S.A.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/The-United-States-Reading-Passages-2166287


Click on the pictures below to find the materials used this week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  This week's lessons will be all about countries of the world which include:  Spain, South Africa, Japan, China, U.S.A and Sweden.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

You can find my lesson templates over at A Modern Teacher by clicking here.


DIY Sound Boxes


Need a word work center that will last forever for under $5? One of my favorite new DIY crafts for word work is wooden letters.  Walmart has a ton of different ones for $2.50/pack.  They also have the rectangles for about $2.50.  I painted the letters and wooden rectangles in under 15 minutes.  Then I cut out circles on my Cricut to represent sound boxes.  You could draw boxes or write CVC, CVCE, etc.  The letters and sound boxes fit perfectly in a pencil box.  I also store them in a large paper tray from The Container Store when I want to add word lists.  See below for a twist on the idea and a link to another workstation that costs under $5.



If you want to spice up your centers you can find play dough sets with letter stamps for about $6.  The set below came from Walmart and it fits perfectly with my sound boxes.


For you higher students use the blank back of the rectangles.  They can build longer words without boxes.



Click below for another DIY word building workstation.



ELA Lesson Plans #10

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Every teacher knows that this week has the kids acting a little bonkers.  You'll notice that while my lessons all have a Halloween theme, they would work for classrooms that don't address Halloween with the exception of Big Pumpkin and Happy Haunting.  You could just switch out the titles if you prefer.  I'm super excited that I spent the beginning of the year building up student's reading foundations because we are starting Monday with the entire plot of the story.  Students will get into coding the text with the different parts and even have conversations about the author's point including the lesson/central message.  The fact that they can do this efficiently in a 20-30 period of time is awesome! Tuesday's lessons is all about Mary Shelley who had a rough childhood which she overcame to become an infamous author.  Students will connect events in her life to choices and other events.  In case you don't know, I'm a HUGE Pumpkin Jack fan.  It is a realistic fiction book that follows a boy and his pumpkin through the pumpkin's entire life cycle.  We will put a pumpkin outside the following day and watch it decompose and sprout a pumpkin patch.  If you want to see detailed lessons on Pumpkin Jack visit here.  Thursday and Friday focus on fun, engaging simple text.  Students are not going to be at their finest and I would rather see them accomplish something rather than nothing.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

Just like reading, I feel like we've turned a big corner in writing.  We are taking our first standardizes writing assessment and really editing it.  We'll only be focusing on contrasting to start. Once they have mastered certain crafts and structure we will add to the standard with comparing too.

Click here to learn all about teaching ELA in the 2nd grade classroom.  These free and fun lesson outlines will detail curriculum and ideas for all informational, literature and writing standards in my elementary classroom.  Your second grade students will love the lessons and activities shared here.  These lesson outlines are added and updated almost each week.

If you are interested in the Frankenstein and Mary Shelley text that I'm using, you can click below to see it in my store.




My lesson plan templates come from A Modern Teacher.  If you want to find the first in my lesson outlines click here.

DIY Classroom Mailbox


Need a mailbox for your students to turn in sweet letters, suggestions or private concerns? I recycled this mailbox which my daughter had for Valentines.  I wish I would have taken a before picture, but it was in a blue and purple Frozen theme.  I used a cheap $1 can of spray paint to paint it black.  The flag was red and I painted it with acrylic paint.  The letters were cut on a Cricut and voila, now students have a place to turn in their thoughts and I stay organized (hopefully).

Social Studies: Native American Projects in the Classroom





If you're like me, teaching social studies is near and dear to your heart.  In this post you will find a few ideas about creating meaningful projects in the classroom to help your students understand some Native American history.  When creating the projects I've kept in mind time, money and skill level.  




Native Americans created pictures on rocks to record their tribal history.  These pictures could be done by drawing, painting or carving into the rock.  The southwestern United States contains the largest concentration of rocks used by Native Americans to record their tribal history.  You might see pictures like buffalo, horses, deer or hunting on these rocks.  


When teaching students about this tradition you could do a couple of projects that are quick and meaningful.  Consider giving your students rocks with a flat surface and asking them to record part of their history on the rock.  That may contain a car for transportation, food or something important to their everyday life.  You could also have them research cave drawing and recreate a picture on the rock and explain it in writing.  The rocks above were drawn on with sharpie marker and it took about 2 minutes.



Animal hides have been used by Native Americans for several purposeful reasons.  They were used for practical reasons like clothing, travel and shelter.   Hides were also used for spiritual reasons like healing the sick and promoting healthy moms.  Some tribes recorded their history on the hides with paintings.

When teaching students about this tradition you could give them brown paper bags, construction paper or dye paper a brown hue.  Have students research the history behind hides and recreate something using the paper as a hide.  The paper above was stained with water and a bit of brown paint in the water. It took 2 minutes to paint it.  You could allow it to dry over night. It took 5 minutes to create the drawings.



The popular dreamcatcher was originally created by the Ojibwe.  It was created to catch everything bad or evil and protect infants.  The dreamcatcher was hung on the infant's cradle or carrier.  Spiritual or sacred items could be used when weaving the web in the dreamcatcher.  Such items might be feathers, beads, bones and hide.

Consider having students research dream catchers and creating one of their own with paper plates, string and other items that you have in the classroom.  The design intricacy could be chosen based on the age of your students.  I numbered the holes for students which allowed them to string it in about 10 minutes.  Click here to find a pattern for the holes and numbers.




Native American jewelry has long been admired for it's beauty and meaning.  This jewelry can be include necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, pins, belts, etc.  While jewelry is different and specific to each region and tribe, many times designs are borrowed and used across areas.

Some materials used to create necklaces were bone and stone.  Have your students research the significance behind this jewelry and create a necklace of their own.  Consider having your students paint pasta like bones/stones and creating a necklace of their own.  We dropped a little bit of paint in a paper Dixie cup and had students swish the pasta around.  After the paint we laid the pasta out to dry.


If you are in need of reading passages, lessons and materials to teach your students about the different Native American Regions check out the unit below by clicking on the picture.



ELA Lesson Plans #9


 Boy is this week going to be fun!!! We are going to take some very difficult standards or level 3 cognitive difficulty standards to be exact  and turn them into a week of hands on engagement.  This week will also kick off a week and a half of monsters, bats and spiders!!!!  Our ultimate goal is to have students understand strategies that will help them to identify the main purpose of a text, including what the author wants to explain.  In order to do this, we will start the week off with a quick fact and opinion lesson.  The students will work as a whole class to sort fact and opinion about a lovable green monster named Harry.  Once they have the hang of it they will work in small groups to synthesize the information and write their own facts and opinions about another lovable monster named Sally (Harry and Sally! lol) The class will come together to wrap up the lesson with a little information about how author's use information and their opinions to write pieces.  The next day will be a tiny detour from monster fun to read a piece on dental health.  While it doesn't stick with the theme, it does a great job of guiding students through the whole standard with a purposeful text and aligned questions.  Don't worry, you'll read below that students will spend time in writing doing awesome monster activities!  We'll finish off the week with bats and spiders.  The students will have to independently show that they understand the standard by writing and opinion piece and explaining it's purpose.

Just for reference, if you don't know I use the letter t for teacher and ss for students in my outlines.  Also, you can get the lesson plan templates that I use from A Modern Teacher.


We are going to read the mentor text How To Catch A Monster on youtube this week.  The students will be working on the writing crafts of vivid verbs and adjectives while writing a narrative.  We'll kick the week off by having the students write a very detailed description of their monster with adjectives.  Each student will then get a neighbor's description where they will have to draw the monster to an exact specification.  The author will use the drawing to make revisions to their piece the next day and the drawing will happen a second time.  Once all of the students have their monster descriptions written, they will write a narrative on how to catch the monster using vivid verbs.  The students will have to have their pieces written and edited by Thursday.  Everyone will take part in an author's share where they will present their piece to their friends.  The best part is that they will have a drawing and a writing piece to hang up for all to see!

 Students who get finished early will be allowed to make a 2 minute bat or spider craft to put on their opinion writing.  Click below to see how easy it is.


If you would go to the first of the lesson outline series click here.
To find this week's resources click below.





2 Minute Frankenstein Craft



Need a quick Frankenstein craft? I designed the one above for my students to write character traits on the back after we read about Frank and Mary Shelley.  

All you need to do is simply cut out a green circle and purple/black circle per student.  The students design the hair and put their Frankenstein face together.  I found felt eyes at Target, but you could have students draw them on.  They're a perfect way to allow students to build fine motor skills without taking up a lot of class time.  You can have students glue the faces to a writing sheet or write on the back of the circle.  Have fun!  

Did you know that the author Mary Shelley had to overcome quite a bit to become one of the world's most infamous authors.  If you need a kid friendly biography or fiction story about Frankenstein click below.



DIY Dry Erase Clipboard For Guided Reading and Reading Centers


I was walking down the office supply aisle at Walmart minding my own business when I came across a stack of brightly colored clipboards for $2.48.  Upon inspecting them I noticed that they were a high gloss perfect for dry erase markers.  As a bonus they have a cord that holds supplies.  They would work perfect on their own, but I immediately thought of activities at the guided reading table.  The students need 4 square organizers for vocabulary weekly.  They also enjoy playing Connect 4 Words and writing in sound boxes.  I cut out the organizers on my Cricut and placed one on each side.  I used permanent vinyl so that it could be cleaned and stay in place.   Voila, I have a $2.48 tool that will last forever at the guided reading table or reading centers.

In case you were dying to know a 4 square vocabulary organizer helps students to work through figuring out what unknown words are.  They write the word in the middle.  They sketch out the word in one  box.  They write what they think the definition is in one box.  A synonym goes in a third box.  The last box is used for the word in a sentence.

Connect 4 words is played like a cross between tic-tac-toe and Connect Four.  You write the words you want students to work on in the boxes with dry erase marker.  They choose a word.  If they read it properly they get to mark the square.  If they don't they skip a turn.  The first player to connect 4 words in any direction, wins.

Sounds boxes are Elkonin boxes.  You write one letter in each box.  The students make each sound until they've sounded out the box.  It's a great tool for emerging readers.

These dry erase boards store perfectly on their own, but if you need to store more supplies with them scan below to see what I'm doing.




ELA Lesson Plans #8


Before we get into this week's lessons I want to answer a couple of questions from readers.  How long are my shared reading lessons?  Well it all depends, on average they are 20-30 minutes.  Some years they're longer, this year they are are usually around 20 minutes.   When you have a class that spans a huge gap in reading levels, reading time is best spent in guided reading.  Another question was; Do I differentiate? YES! Every one of the lessons in my classroom is  differentiated and we differentiate everything from reading materials, support tools to workstations, etc.  Some weeks you will see a very low lexile level in a text that I've differentiated for students while we kept the response for higher kids pretty challenging.  Feel free to email me with more questions that you may have or leave them in the comments below.  You can find the lesson plan pages at A Modern Teacher.

Learning is being kicked into overdrive this week.  So far we have covered all of the basic standards in depth and from the foundation up.  Students should be able to hold reading conversations that would blow your mind.  They can ask and answer questions.  They can find key details, do character analysis, etc.  Now it's time to give them ownership of their learning with your guidance.  We are moving into Literacy Circles.  We are going to start with text that we read together in class and end the week with self selected texts.  Students will begin by completing posters that retell the story with the lesson and character traits.  Once they understand what to do, they will select what goes on their posters at the end of the week.  I will edit this post later on to add anchor charts, but our guidelines are as follows.

Literature Circle Jobs
-Reader
-Writer
-Illustrator
-Questioner
(jobs will change daily to help students)

Literature Circle Options
-predict
-infer
-discuss character traits
-ask and answer questions
-discuss character reactions
-retell the story
-discuss the story's lesson

Literature Circle Rules
-Everyone participates
-Everyone listens respectfully
-Everyone leads parts of the discussion



This week there will be no writing lessons.  We will be conferencing and editing our last writing assessment.

Letter Bead Word Building



Need an inexpensive way to make a word work station that builds fine motor skills? If so this is the post for you!

You'll need:
Letter beads
Bead Organizer
Letter Stickers
Pipe Cleaners

I bought all of these materials from the Dollar Store and cut the letters for the top of the organizers on my Cricut.  You could also save $1 by writing the letters with sharpies.

To put the center together simply sort the beads, place stickers in each section and provide pipe cleaners. You could even have students sort the beads for you during their work station or center time.  You'll find some close up pictures below.