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6 Ways to Support Struggling Readers in grade 2-6

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In chatting with teachers, I often get questions about how to support struggling readers in my upper elementary grades. Here are the top 6 ways I support struggling readers in grades 2-6. Thought I would pass them along.  If you find them helpful, I appreciate your sharing this post with your colleagues.  Thanks, y'all!! Find out their interests, then help them find tons of cool books on that topic.  If the books are way too difficult a text, but have rich, engaging pictures, let them keep them in their reading box.  If the majority of their books are at their reading level, let them keep a few that are interest-based, even if they are far too easy or difficult. Find out their needs, then help them find materials they can keep in their reading box.  If they can't tie their shoes, find a preschool book with the big, chunky laces , and let them quietly practice during reading time.  Yes, sometimes 4th graders don't know how to tie their shoes.  It gives them practice wi

Build Context Clues and Vocabulary With a Free Build a Mystery Word

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Students need a variety of practice to develop their context clues skills, build their vocabulary, and engage with words, but schools typically stop these experiences after 2nd grade. My upper elementary kiddos (and their teachers) love to Build a Mystery Word! 

Inspire Students to Graduate High School {K-8 Freebie}

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Inspire Students to Graduate! There are many ways to inspire your students to graduate high school on time. I found that letting my elementary struggling students "see" the year they will graduate helped to cement the idea of finishing high school. I began sharing these posters years ago in response to a push in my district to decrease the dropout rate by keeping my kiddos focused on when they will graduate with a high school diploma! Click to view the free set, perfect for grades K-8! I hope it inspires your class as well. Includes posters for grades K-8, perfect for posting in the classroom, library, lunchroom, office, etc. Happy teaching, friends!

Free Learning Centers from NFPA for Teachers for Fire Safety Month

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This paid post is sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association and SparkySchoolhouse.org. Free Fire Prevention Learning Centers October is Fire Prevention Month and Fire Prevention Week is October 8 - 14. Teachers love to pull in topical resources, but they need to cover the standards, too. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is educators’ new go-to source for fire prevention resources geared towards elementary teachers and their students.

Learn Typing Skills with TypeTastic! for Free

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This is a paid, sponsored post in partnership with TypeTastic! All opinions are my own. Keyboarding Skills TypeTastic! is a free web-based game that helps teach young elementary students basic typing skills. They have taken a QWERTY keyboard and broken it up into 9 color-coded sections to help young learners remember where the letters are. When you check out their site, TypeTastic.com , you'll notice an area for teachers to sign up for ad-free experience for their class. So far, they have a selection of games teaching the QWERTY keyboard (Games 1-3), keyboard games (Games 4-6), and basic typing from the home row (Games 7-13). Additional lessons and games are being added as the site evolves, so I predict this will be a one-stop website for your keyboarding needs.

Boom Cards = Fun Practice for Your Students!

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What are Boom Cards? A)  A fun way to practice skills. B)  Something my 3rd grade son is in love with. C)  Interactive task cards you can assign to your students. D)  All of the above. The answer? All of the above! Boom Cards are Interactive Boom Cards play on modern browsers (released in the last three years) on interactive whiteboards, computers and tablets. Boom Cards apps are also available on iOS and Android. Not sure your browser is modern enough? Try a free Boom Cards deck first. Click here for my free Boom Cards - Identify the Adjective.   Boom Cards are Online Any Boom Cards you purchase are available in your account at any time; you just need an internet account and a free Boom Learning Starter account. If you don't have an account yet, Boom Learning will upgrade your Starter account to a 1 year Basic membership ($9 value), allowing you to track student progress for up to 80 students when you download my free Identify the Adjective Task Cards . At the

Reading Response Chart - Freebie

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Good morning, Sunshine!!  I hope you're off to have a fabulous day...  Here's a chart I made to help my green beans remember basic expectations when Responding to Reading .  Enjoy!!

3 Ways to Get Students More Fit With fit4Schools

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This is a paid post sponsored by WeAreTeachers and  fit4Schools . All opinions are my own.  Not all students come to school ready to learn, so it becomes our job to help them get ready to learn. fit 4Schools is a free resource for teachers, caregivers, and parents to help kids learn about keeping fit ! What is fit 4Schools ? fit 4Schools is a collaborative project from Sanford Health and WebMD. Their mission is to empower children to do the simple things every day that make healthy lifestyle choices a habit.

New Video: Guided Reading Moves for Teachers

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If you are looking at how to make your Guided Reading groups even more effective, check out my free video on Guided Reading Moves for Teachers. It's in my Teachers Pay Teachers store . Just click the picture below to check it out! Click here to view all of my freebies in my TPT store, Hello Mrs Sykes