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December 2018 Grades 2-4 Lesson of the Month

What student doesn’t love a little friendly competition?? Engaging our students and teaching them to love to read and write is one of the biggest challenges we as teachers face. With this book,  Reindeer of the Year, your students won’t be able to put their pencils down, as they convince you, that their reindeer is […]


November 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month:  Summarizing an expository piece Objective: Students summarize an expository piece using the summarizing framework and write an extended summary statement using informative verbs. The verbs can also be used to write informative sentences for reading response journals. Materials: Possible expository books: What Happens in Autumn by Suzanne Venino As the Earth […]



October 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: Laying the Foundation: Why Good Writing Starts with the Teacher Many teachers, whether they’re new to the classroom or seasoned veterans, consider writing instruction to be one of the most difficult parts of their job. Why? Because writing is often taught “on the fly” without the formal training and methodologies that get results. Our […]


October 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month: Haunted House Objective: Students will apply detail generating questions to create a descriptive piece on a haunted house.  Materials: http://www.hauntedhouses.com/map.htm, https://www.winchestermysteryhouse.com http://www.cegesmith.com/2012/10/22/winchester-mystery-house-virtual-haunted-house-tour-stop-2/ The House that Drac Built by Judy Sierra In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman […]


September 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month: Homophones Objective: Practice homophones all day, every day!  Materials: homophone cards (ex: it’s/its, their/there/they’re, your/you’re, too/to/two) Procedures: *This is an activity that can be done all year long in any subject area. Example: The students are writing main idea sentences for an expository piece on dogs. This could be done individually […]


September 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: Don’t forget about our website. It’s full of free resources for ANY teacher in ANY subject! A favorite is the Quick Writes. Check out the many categories you can use every day!! Bookmark this link, then share it! You might want to take a few minutes to browse through the website and bookmark any […]



June 2018 Lesson of the Month Connection

Connections: For help with reviewing letter writing, find a YouTube video or PowerPoint to help out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PoLYICPFXhY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOdwHvtOmic classroom.jc-schools.net/waltkek/FriendlyLetter.ppt https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/writing-letters-6289786 Great ways to share and recall memories is with books.  Especially favorite stories read during the school year. Think about using this great list as a guide, or even sending a copy home, with your […]


June 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month: Letter to next Year’s Class Objective: Students will write letters to next year’s class. They will use writing skills to help paint a clear picture of what to expect and any suggestions to help the new students. Materials: notebook paper, envelope, pencil Procedures: Reflect on the year. Have students discuss memories, […]