Thankful Writing Craftivity Freebie

…expository essay for upper elementary students because it’s so easy to organize and write. The final essays make a great gift for their families on Thanksgiving Day, too! To begin…

4 Square Planning: The Key to Organized Writing

…of the 4-square planner is that it’s not mode-specific. We used this planner for opinion writing, narrative writing, and inform/explain writing. We could meet and teach all components of the…

Using Weekly Letter Writing In the Classroom

…my Teachers Pay Teacher store! Letter writing is a wonderful way to keep even the most reluctant writers writing and to hone those writing skills all year long! Mary teaches…

Poetry: A Common Core Dilemma

…was nothing about appreciating poetry or making connections to one’s own life. The writing standards were even worse. Everything was either about narrative writing or expository writing, but there was…

Teaching Kids How to Write Super Sentences

How do you encourage your students to write longer, more interesting sentences? You know what will happen if you simply ask them to write longer sentences… they’ll just add more…

How to Recharge Mathematical Thinking

…hold their pencils during the team discussions. When students are ready to write their answers, they take their pencils out of the Recharger and write without talking. The beauty of…

6 Reasons to Teach Poetry in the Fall

…Teaching kids to write poetry engages them in authentic writing experiences and begins to build their confidence as writers. In order for kids to learn how to read and understand…

A Dozen Fun Ways to Wrap Up the School Year

online games such as the skill races at Arcademic Skill Builders or the stories read aloud on StoryLine Online. I’ve also begun to research iPad and iPod apps for kids,…

Teaching Kids to Express Appreciation

…of appreciation on the cards. Let them know upfront that you expect everyone to write kind comments and that you will be reading what they write. While they are writing

Bio Poems for President’s Day

…research and creative writing into your social studies curriculum! Bio Poems Made Easy is a free teaching resource I created several years ago to teach students how to write bio poems…