Meaningful Map Facts

April 19, 2014 No Comments

Hello! I wanted to share a little activity that has helped in a big way in our class this year. This activity complements one I shared back in February, Utilizing Those Nonfiction Text Features. During our unit on explorers, our class encountered numerous helpful maps. The only problem? With so much information on the textbook pages, I wasn’t…

Don’t Answer Questions

April 12, 2014 No Comments

Sounds kind of unteacherly, doesn’t it? But I promise it isn’t! Before I tell you though, I must share the exciting news…it’s a new month of Bright Ideas! And, just like last time, I’m linking up with tons of my blogging friends to bring you another month filled with teaching ideas. In a crazy-hectic year, this linky has…

Print, Solve, & Explain: Equivalent Fractions

February 23, 2014 No Comments

One of my main goals this year has been to really get my 5th graders writing about their mathematical thinking. How can they explain a certain math concept? What strategies do they use to solve a problem? How can they show something to be true mathematically? I knew I wanted my students to write about their thinking in…

Utilizing Those Nonfiction Text Features (file to share)

February 1, 2014 No Comments

We are deep into our nonfiction units in both Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. In Writer’s, my students will eventually create their own informational text. In Reader’s, it’s all about reading and comprehending a variety of nonfiction texts. Speaking of that, those nonfiction text features have a huge part in the comprehension of advanced texts, don’t they? featuring…features! Well,…


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