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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Why I love Google Keep


To read this post, head over to my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Scroll through any site

Today, I blogged about a fun way that you can scroll through any site.  This Google extension allows you to scroll slowly or move immediately to the top or bottom.  To read this post, go to my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Reading Engagement Inventory


This inventory is a free, editable download that can be printed or used electronically.  To read my post and download this free form, please go to my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.  I will not post any new content here, as I have switched everything over to my new name.  Thank you!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Blog Organization


I plan on adding many more technology resources on my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  This post shows how I will organize these resources.  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.

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Plural Nouns: Freebies & Updates


This post has a nice selection of resources for plural nouns.  I included a special deal on my recently updated plural nouns products as well as a very cool website and a special freebie.  To read this post, head over to my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.

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Monday, June 27, 2016

Monday Made It


To see how I made this mega-10 frame, along with two other "Made Its", check out my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  I am linked up with 4th Grade Frolics to Monday Made It.

***If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Tracking Reading at School


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Monday, June 13, 2016

Monday Made It


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Friday, June 10, 2016

Behavior BINGO!


Click here to go to my new blog, Elementary Engagement and read about my new behavior management system.  (Free Printables are included!)  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Changing it up

Read about my big change on my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.



Friday, June 3, 2016

I'm now on Facebook!

I'm so excited to start a Facebook page!  The page corresponds with my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  Please click here to follow me on Facebook!


Thank you, and enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Awesome App - Lit Leveler


To read this post, head over to my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.

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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Professional Learning Communities - PLC


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

An Awesome Website for Making Games


You can read this post on my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  I posted  a link to a site which includes 32 great places to go to make online games and activities for your students.

I would love it if you followed my new blog.  If you do so, there is no need to continue following me here.

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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Awesome Mentor Text for Ecosystems


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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Three Great Sites for Finding Books


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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Leads for Informational Writing



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Monday, April 25, 2016

A Great Mentor Text for Economics

To read this post, check out my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  (A free worksheet on goods and services is included.) If you follow me there, there is no need to continue following this blog.


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Organizing Plans with Electronic Sticky Notes


You can read this post on my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  If you follow me there, you no longer need to follow this blog.


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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Using Potato Chips to Teach Economics



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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Noticing Text Features

Yesterday, I blogged about noticing text features to inspire my young writer.  You can read this post on my new blog, Elementary Engagement, by clicking on the picture below.  If you follow my new blog, there is no need to continue following me here.


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Friday, April 8, 2016

Testing Time

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

A BIG Change

Hello Everyone!  Lately, I have been doing some sole searching about teaching and blogging (among other things).  Although it looks like I will continue teaching fourth grade next year (which I love), I can definitely see myself teaching younger students in the future.

I do love this blog, but there were many changes that I wanted to make.  I decided that I needed a fresh start that would reflect my new blogging goals, as well as a name that would work if I change grade levels down the road.

I just made my first post on my new blog, Elementary Engagement.  I would love for you to check it out!  If you start following my new blog, there is no need to continue following here.  You can also find my new social media links on the blog.  I would love for you to follow me there as well.

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I am looking forward to keeping in touch under my new name.  Thank you, and have a great week!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Video and Poem for Onomatopoeia

For the past couple of weeks, we have been having fun with language. Today, I would like to share some of the activities we used for onomatopoeia.

After going over the definition and brainstorming examples, I showed students this catchy video.


For further practice, I typed out this fun poem for two voices and showed it on the SMART Board for choral reading.


This poem came from an awesome poetry book called, Messing Around on the Monkey Bars.  This book is full of fun poems for two voices.

Messing Around On The Monkey Bars And Other School Poems For Two Voices Messing Around On The Monkey Bars

I found some additional resources on Teachers Pay Teachers for more structured practice with all the figurative language we covered. These worksheets by Rachel Lynette provide excellent practice.

Figurative Language: Idioms, Similes, Metaphors, etc. CCSS

As we finished working on each figurative language concept, students worked on the snow globe activity found in this fun set of craftivities from Runde's Room.

December Craftivities - Literacy-Themed Craftivities for December

I am looking forward to posting about some more activities we used for figurative language.  I would love to hear if you have a favorite activity to share.


***I also wanted to let you know that I am in the process of a big change.  Sometime in future, I definitely see myself teaching younger students.  It may not work out next year (which is fine because I LOVE my fourth graders).  However, I am in the process of changing my name to represent a new beginning that will occur at some point in the future.  Fit to be Fourth will soon be Elementary Engagement.

I have started to switch over my TPT store.  While I am changing my name, I am also updating many of my products.  This is a long process, but I hope to have big improvements in all areas, including my blog.  More information on that is coming soon!

Click on the picture below to see the change in progress.

Elementary Engagement

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