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Hello! I’m Carla, and welcome to my site! My goal with this site is to share teaching tips for all areas of literacy including phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, and writing for grades K-8. I love sharing resources with teachers, and it makes me happy to help take a little off the overflowing platters of teacher duties. I hope you’ll find my site helpful and my resources worthy of using with your students.

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Using A Tree is a Plant as a Mentor Text

I love selecting mentor texts for skill modeling whether it's for reading, writing, or to use reading skills in content areas.  In this post we will be focusing on mentor texts for science.  The book I am highlighting is... Why use this book? I have used this book several times to support my second grade students' science studies.  For many of my students, it helps to have a second or…

Eve of the Emperor Penguin

Kids love animals, and during the winter, it's the perfect time for penguins. My students love this week, and you don't have to look far to find penguin resources. In fact, I have a full Pinterest board ready to go and certainly, a few of the options from this board will find their way into our lessons. Last week was "testing week", so unfortunately, my plans were a bust!  …

Becoming a Vocabulary Dynamo

Use the big thinker's vocabulary. Use big, bright, cheerful words. Use words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure, avoid words that create unpleasant images of failure, defeat, grief."  David. J. Schwartz   Becoming a Vocabulary Dynamo doesn't just happen overnight, does it? But if we are purposeful in our choice of words like David Schwartz, we might just make that happen. It takes lots and lots of practice and lots…

“The more that you READ, the more you will KNOW.
The more that you LEARN, the more places you'll GO."

~Dr. Seuss