Finding Small Moment Stories


My first grade writers have been working to find small moment stories.  We’ve had success using the watermelon analogy, when paired with our own story ideas.  To introduce the concept, we took a walk in the woods.  Our “big idea” was the walk in the woods, and we worked to identify the smaller stories within that story. I modeled this a few times with my students before asking them to find their own small moments to write about.  We’re using…

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Stop the Revolving Door at your Small Group Table

Behavior, Daily 5, Math Workshop, PBIS

Interruptions during guided writing, math, or reading are inevitable — no matter how many times you’ve practiced and practiced working independently!  We’ve done the “IF, THEN” problem solving chart.  While these types of lists help, they are not inclusive of all types of problems and challenges that your students may encounter during their 15-20 minutes of independent work time. To alleviate interruptions, I teach my students strategies for working through problems on their own.  We create an IF, THEN chart…

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Scrabble Names Classroom Wall

Classroom Design, Name Game

A Scrabble Names Wall has been on my “wish list” of ideas for a few years.  I finally tackled it this year and am very pleased with the results!  Want to create a Scrabble Names Wall in your classroom?  Read on for how I created ours! 1.  Count # of Letters Needed If counting the frequency of letters in your class list seems daunting, don’t worry.  There’s an app for that!  Using the app, type in your class list and click “record…

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Teamwork Posters

Anchor charts, Behavior, Classroom Design, PBIS

There will be no anchor charts adorning our classroom walls this year.  “What?” you ask!  Yes, no anchor charts.  They’re going digital (more on that in a future post).  I wanted to have something on the walls, and didn’t want to completely trash the idea of our teamwork anchor chart, so I decided to amplify it!  Using key words that we’ve used year after year to define what it means to be a part of a team in our classroom, I…

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