Posts in Language Arts
Ten Powerful Children's Books that Teach Kids to Be Kind

In my last post, I shared my simplest way of teaching the interconnected skills of kindness, mindfulness, and thankfulness. When teaching lessons on character skills, it’s often helpful to start with a children’s book. To support my monthly thankful for kindness writing, I compiled a list of popular children’s books that are perfect mentor texts. These are the best children’s books I’ve found for showing examples of kindness.

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How to Improve Student Relationships Through Simple Writing

How to Improve Student Relationships Through Simple Writing | Communication, like in any relationship, is key to building a positive classroom community. Although we know it’s important, finding the time to talk authentically with students can be difficult. However, there are a few strategies that build relationships with students and make a big impact in classroom behavior. These three classroom management strategies (and free writing resources) are simple and are sure to improve behavior management in any classroom. | everythingjustso.org

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Why Choosing Substance is Always Better When Celebrating Holidays

It’s easy to choose cute over substance when celebrating school holidays. But our students deserve more. Here are three reasons why choosing substance over fluff is always better when celebrating holidays in the upper elementary classroom. Plus help finding teaching resources to bring both meaning and fun when planning holiday activities throughout the year.

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10 Super Simple Resources to Encourage a Love of Poetry

10 Super Simple Resources to Encourage a Love of Poetry | April is National Poetry Month. Whether you’re looking for fresh ideas to use in the month of April or all through the year, these ten simple resources will help encourage a love of poetry in your upper elementary students. Use these popular children’s books, teaching resources, and other materials to broaden students understanding and appreciation of poetry. | everythingjustso.org

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My Simplest Way to Celebrate Read Across America Day

My Simplest Way to Celebrate Read Across America Day | On Read Across America Day, move the focus from Dr. Seuss Week to its intended purpose – encouraging students to celebrate reading. Rather than focusing on one author, it’s the perfect time to create a reading day for exploring diverse children’s literature from multiple writers. Here’s how I celebrated Read Across America in my upper elementary classroom in the simplest, but most effective way. | everythingjustso.org

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How to Improve Spelling Accuracy with Fluency

How to Improve Spelling Accuracy with Fluency | Learn how to deliver spelling help for students who struggle with high frequency words. A trusted Orton Gillingham practice, Spelling Fluency provides a multisensory approach through which students learn to spell the words they use most often in their reading and writing. If you’ve struggled with how to teach sight words, Spelling Fluency is for you. | everythingjustso.org

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The Best Way to Help Students Spell High Frequency Words

The Best Way to Help Students Spell High Frequency Words| An important part of a rules-based spelling program is the inclusion of an approach to teaching high frequency words. Oftentimes these words are rule breakers and require a bit more spelling help than words that follow predictable patterns. This Orton Gillingham technique is perfect for any student learning to spell sight words that appear most frequently in reading and writing. If you’re wondering how to improve spelling in your classroom, this approach is for you.  | everythingjustso.org

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Five Little Resources that will Save You in December

Five Little Resources that Will Save You in December | These five teaching resources will help you get organized and keep students engaged during school holidays. Don’t let the hustle during the holidays overwhelm you. Let me help you with organization tips, writing activities, and holiday activities perfect for upper elementary students in the month of December. | everythingjustso.org

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5 Important Reasons to Ditch Timers and Parent Signatures

Five Important Reasons to Ditch Timers | For years, students have been asked to sit beside timers, complete reading logs, and ask for parent signatures while reading independently at home. If you're still using timers and parent signature lines, I would encourage you to ask yourself why. I ditched reading timers and parent signature lines from my weekly reading log years ago and never looked back. Here are five crucial reasons to stop using both for your students' nightly reading. | everythingjustso.org

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Back to School Community Building Resources

Back to School Community Building Resources | Looking to establish a strong classroom community at the beginning of the year? These back to school resources allow you to learn about your students while building a positive environment where community can grow throughout the year. Help students connect with new classmates while practicing important reading and writing skills. | everythingjustso.org

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Celebrating Valentine's Day with a History of Chocolate

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a History of Chocolate | Bring rigor to your Valentine’s Day lessons with a mini-unit on the history of chocolate. Incorporate meaningful and engaging teaching resources during school holidays through thematic nonfiction units that teach important reading skills while students learn about the history of a holiday. | everythingjustso.org

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Book Whispering Plus the Best Tips for Stocking Your Library

Book Whispering Plus the Best Tips for Stocking Your Library | After years of practice, and one impactful workshop, I share how my ideas on in-class reading and homework reading logs have changed. Plus read about my very best tips for stocking your classroom library for little to no cost. | everythingjustso.org

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