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Unique Ways to Teach the Central Message of Folktales

For the past few years, I have always taught finding the central message (or moral or lesson) of a story as a separate standard.  But I tried something different and it is working very well…

How to Get Students to Know Each Other with iPortraits

It’s the beginning of school.  How do you get students to learn about each other?  I use iPortraits!  This activity uses character traits to build a portrait (selfie included!) of each student.  Instead of just…

A Creative Way to Showcase Students at the Beginning of the Year

The first week of school is a busy time for teachers and students.  It’s also a time to get to know your students and their personalities.  But at the same time, we do have to…

How to Teach Narrative Writing through Character Traits

Were you satisfied with the way you taught narrative writing last school year?  Well, I was NOT.  Especially after seeing how the students had to write narratives for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test!…

How I Teach Character Analysis in the Common Core

Teaching character analysis is nothing new for California teachers, as it has always been in our ELA standards.  But the new Common Core standards take character analysis to a whole new level.  This is the…

Geometry on Google Slides®

These Interactive Digital Notebooks for Google Slides are now available in my TpT Store!

Click the link BELOW to see the Geometry Books!