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Fun End of the Year School Activities

The end of the year at school is here so it’s now time to celebrate and have fun!  State testing on the Smarter Balanced Assessment is complete.  Grading work is complete. I’ve finished the report…

Science Assembly Shark Sighting! Watch Out!

The students at my school spotted a Great White Shark recently!  We recently had a science assembly at my school sponsored by our PTO.  The Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, California, brought…

Each is an Inspiring Woman so Check Out These Books!

As we approach Mother’s Day, I wanted to share some books that showcase not just one inspiring woman, but many in our history. These inspiring women that lead the way or pioneered the way for…

New Children’s Literature Books that are Amazing

I hadn’t bought any new children’s literature books in quite a while until I discovered these beautiful and new children’s literature books.  I’m using these amazing books with different units in my class as well…

How to Easily Integrate Technology with Guided Reading Groups Part 2

As my school has acquired more and more guided reading materials (little books in sets of 6), I had more resources from which to choose from for each group.  But we now live in the…

How to Easily Integrate Technology with Guided Reading Groups

In this two-part post, I will demonstrate how using iPads (both mini-iPads and an iPad Pro) can bring guided reading into the digital age.  I was fortunate that over the years I have been able…

10 Important Tips for the First-Year Teacher Part 2

Are you still excited about being a new teacher?  The Department of Education states that up to 50% of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years.  Don’t be a first-year teacher who…

10 Important Tips for the New Teacher

Are you a new teacher?  It can be overwhelming.  What to do?  As a veteran teacher of over 30 years teaching in the public education system in California, I offer these tips to help you…

How to Teach the Area of Irregular Shapes

My class has been learning to find the area of shapes for a few weeks now.  But now it was time to move on to find the area of irregular shapes.  So far, my students…

Hands-On Science Fun (while making a mess!)

California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) Latino students treated my students to some hands-on science fun.  These students have majors in science and engineering.  Check out their website (http://www.csulbmaes.org). The college students worked with our…

Online State Testing – We’ll Be Ready for You!

Do you believe your students will be ready for state testing with either the SBAC or PARCC (or some variation of them)?  I try to prepare my students all year long for state testing so…

Comparing Fractions Using Google Slides and Virtual Manipulatives

Now that my students were familiar with comparing and ordering fractions, the next step was to have them comparing fractions using Google Slides.  It is one thing to be able to show how to compare…

Comparing Fractions with Manipulatives and Math Talk

In  Part 1 of How to Compare Fractions, I explained how I used fraction strips to have students explore fraction sizes.  Comparing fractions and their sizes visually helped my students establish a benchmark fraction of…

Compare Fractions in Simple Ways with Manipulatives

Before I started teaching my third graders to compare fractions, I wanted to assess what they already knew about fractions.   True story.   I asked my students to write in their journal and complete this sentence:…

Download Free Teaching Resources #kindnessnation

As one of the participants in the Teachers Pay Teachers Author Inauguration Day FREEBIE EVENT that was held on January 20, 2017, I and many TpT sellers have got together to create free teaching resources.  These free…

Geometry on Google SlidesĀ®

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

Click the link BELOW to see the Geometry Books!

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