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Five Schoolwide Parental Involvement Activities that will Hook Them In

Looking for schoolwide parental involvement ideas? Check out this post for five ideas that will be a hit with all of your families.

Every year, schools work to build partnerships with parents because research shows that children are much more successful when parents are involved. Parental involvement has always been an interest of mine, and today, I'd like to share a collection of parental involvement ideas that my schools have enjoyed.

Martin Luther King Jr.: Leading Us Now and Always

MLK Day is a special celebration time. Check out this post for a collection of book ideas, activities, resource ideas, and FREEBIES!
The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
~Martin Luther King Jr.

Take a moment and flip through the many quotes from Dr. King.  Can you imagine what he'd say today with all of the conflicts going on in our world? There is so much to learn from his life and words.

Teaching Main Idea with Animals in Winter

Main idea is one of the toughest skills for kids to grasp, and we even begin with main idea in first grade! This post breaks it down with a gradual release using Animals in Winter. Freebies included

Main idea is one of the toughest skills for kids to grasp, and we even begin with main idea in first grade! For first graders, we will limit main idea to short sections of text. In fact, with a gradual release model, you can  even begin with photographs.

The Ultimate Guide to Penguins and Arctic Animals

Penguins are amazing, but studying them is even more exciting. In fact, researching penguins crosses multiple subject areas...math, science, reading, and writing, and even better than that, kids LOVE them!

Writing with a Plan: Using the Four-Square Writing Method

The Four Square Writing Method is a great way to help students plan and organize their ideas. This post includes links and ideas for primary and upper elementary.
Do you enjoy solving puzzles? Whether you're working a math problem, trying to understand a concept in science, or trying to solve a mystery, your brain sort of works in the same way. We use equations, graphic organizers, and even drawings to make sense of the information we're looking at, right? Well, the Four Square Writing Method is a great way for students in the primary and intermediate grades to map out their thinking and better plan their writing just like other graphic organizers and drawings help us clarify other concepts. Today, I thought I'd share a few ways I've made use of the four-square writing method to help my kids improve their writing.

A New Year, A New You

This post, written New Year's Day, sets the plan for building a concept of word in our youngest readers. Read it to see how COW develops in our students and grab the FREEBIE while you're reading
Who's ready for the new year?  Well, me neither, but it's coming. As kinder teachers, you know second semester will be bring lots of change to those little boys and girls who entered your classrooms just a few months ago. One of the biggest changes we see is the transformation from non-reader to reader. Today, I'm going to share a review of how concept of word develops and give you a new COW poem to add to your collection.

Interestingly, there can be misunderstandings on exactly what Concept of Word means.  Many teachers think of it as simply matching speech to print or being able to track.  However, Concept of Word is a bit more than this, and it is *the* sign that an emergent reader has become a beginning reader. 


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