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Foundational Reading in Upper Elementary

Foundational Reading in Upper Elementary

Foundational reading skills are the basics of phonic, decoding, and fluency.  It’s the actual reading the words part of reading (as opposed to the comprehension part).  In primary grades, students are largely ‘learning to read,’ meaning they learn...
Common Core Math Capture Games

Common Core Math Capture Games

What is Capture?Capture is an old, very basic card game for two players.  Sometimes it’s also called “war.”  It’s a comparing game that can be used to practice just about any value- based concept in math.  If you can compare two...
Student Portfolios

Student Portfolios

With testing season also comes the question: When we test in the mornings, what do we do in the afternoons??  We don’t want to further stress our kids out or place high demands on them.  But we also want to maintain order, and we definitely don’t...
How to Use a Math Menu

How to Use a Math Menu

What is a Math Menu? It’s a list of choices that students can choose from when they finish their work.   (A “menu” of math games and activities.) What goes on a Math Menu? I like to have a good balance of new games/ activities and oldies but goodies.   I put in newer...
Empowering Students with Assessments

Empowering Students with Assessments

Assessments can be a stressful event for students.  They can feel like punishment for not learning ‘enough’ or being ‘smart enough.’  Students can develop low self-esteem and feel unmotivated if they think that they “should’ be able to do everything perfectly, all the...