### What Every Teacher Should Know About Teaching Vocabulary

Research and best practices for teaching vocabulary in the elementary classroom. I’m back this week linking up with #TeacherMom for her Building Back to School series.  This week we’re talking about language tools.  I’ve done some digging to see what research tells us about teaching vocabulary.  Here’s what I found:   A Strong Vocabulary Is…

### Teaching Coordinate Graphing

Teaching coordinate graphing has never been so lively!  Here are ideas to engage all kinds of learners. Capture the Penguins Coordinate Graphing Game Turn coordinate graphing practice into a game!  MathWire.com has several different coordinate graphing games to play but I loved this one!  Students fill the grid with some kind of marker.  Here the…

### Monday Made It – teaching fables and more!

There’s a lot of room for creativity in teaching.  Here are the things I’ve been creating lately: Here’s a fun project when studying habitats.  I took a piece of butcher paper and painted a simple African savanna scene.  I had the students illustrate animals and add them to the scene in a place where they…

### Synonym and Antonym Anchor Chart

Happy Monday!  I dug back through some old pictures to find this synonym and antonym anchor chart for Anchors Away Monday with Crafting Connections: Synonym cinnamon bears (there’s a tongue-twister for ya!) and antonym ants.  My students referred to this chart quite a bit.

### 3D Shapes Anchor Chart

I made this chart with my class when we were studying 3D shapes.  All of the kids cut and taped together their own shapes.  Then we held them up and counted the faces, edges, and vertices.  The avalanche of card stock shapes went home with the kids (thank goodness) but we kept this chart to…

### Teach Problem Solving the Easy Way With Word Problem Types

Using story problem situations, or word problem types, to teach problem-solving in the elementary grades. The Problem with Problem-Solving I was tearing my hair out trying to get my students to solve word problems accurately! They would grab the two numbers they saw and randomly add or subtract them :::sigh::: Then I found what I affectionately…

### Confessions of a Teacher: I Sing Cheesy Songs Part 2

This is the second part of a mini series about songs for teaching parts of speech.  If you missed the first post about nouns and verbs, you can find it here. Click on any picture to print off a copy for yourself from Google Docs! Sing The Adjective Song to the tune of The Itsy…

### Confessions of a Teacher: I Sing Cheesy Songs- Part 1

Take a G and an E and O, And add a little R-G-E, To a W-A-S-H, I…N…G If you add 2,000 pounds, That makes a ton, So what have you got? You’ve got a lot! George Washington! This is part of a silly song I remember from way back in 5th grade when we were…

### Free Charts that Teach Apostrophes and Commas

“Mrs. Braun, you know that mark, it’s like a curve, I can’t remember what it’s called, but do I need to use one here?” When kids get to second grade and they’re exposed to contractions, possessives, writing lists, dates, and more, they start to get really bamboozled about the difference between commas and apostrophes. They…

### Monday Made It – January

It’s the second Monday of the month which means it’s time for Monday Made It! Over winter break I redecorated my master bath!  I’ll spare you the before pictures but the walls were all dark brown, it had a plain builder-grade mirror, and a dilapidated Roman shade that didn’t work.  Here’s what I did:  …