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Virtual Book Series Mini-Unit: 8 Reading Lessons for Grade 2

Seeing as I always gather great ideas from others online, I thought it only fair to share this "virtual book series" reading unit for grade 2 that my co-teacher Ms. Yuka and I recently completed.  The lessons are listed via... Continue Reading →

Ten Virtual Opinion Writing Lessons for Grade 2 with Seesaw Activities

Seeing as I always gather great ideas from others online, I thought it only fair to share this "virtual opinion" writing unit for grade 2 that my co-teacher Ms. Yuka and I recently completed.  The lessons are listed via image... Continue Reading →

Cable Free Classroom Projecting using Google Slides

My conundrum is that in the classroom I use my computer to take anecdotal notes, look at student data on the fly, etc (especially during conferring for reading/writing).  Oftentimes however my computer is connected to the projector cable and so... Continue Reading →

Teaching with Photographs

I don't exactly remember how or when I learned to read, but I do remember what I loved to read ... National Geographic.  Apparently I would sit in a way too big for me armchair next to my grandfather thumbing... Continue Reading →

How to Enable Offline Access for your Google G Suite (Docs, Slides, etc.)

No internet?  No problem!  Just make sure that you enable Google G Suite's offline access feature and you are good to go.  Once connectivity resumes all your docs will be synced to the cloud and in the interim you can... Continue Reading →

Up Your Writing Game with Editing & Revising Task Cards

Note: the original post was published in October 2018.  Now in June 2019 we have version 4.0 with lessons learned and some refinements.  The revisions are added in italics and am proud to say that we have complete task cards... Continue Reading →

Growing Reading Skills Sans Reading

In the past I struggled to effectively involve my whole class authentically in retelling, inferring, and identifying author's message because the ranges of reading levels and English proficiency were so vast that it was hard to find a text we... Continue Reading →

Create Portable Charts & Writing Independence with a Digital Toolkit

This post is all based on awesome idea #99 by my fab co-teacher @YYteach.  The problem we were facing was that we had great mini-lessons and charts, but the students struggled to apply the teaching points independently.  With our personal... Continue Reading →

The “Don’t and Do’s” of Spelling

The "Don't and Do" spelling strategy is very simple, effective, and quick.  It works something likes this: When your students are ready to start editing their piece of writing ask them to make a T-chart titled "Don't" and "Do" on... Continue Reading →

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