Month: January 2013

Free Computer Software

Do your students ever tell you they cannot type up a good copy of an assignment because they don’t have a word processing assignment? I used to get it all the time, until I found a free word processing, spreadsheet, drawing, and presentation making program at http://www.openoffice.org/ This program allows the format

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Making Exam Review Fun

This week we are working on Math exam review in class. Every year I give students a “Math Exam” at the midpoint in the year aligned with when our local high schools are starting their official exams.  These are not official provincial or state exams, they are just a study tool to

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Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is set up to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. Read 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment in your English Language Arts classroom from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

Make Reading Exciting

  Students will thrive at reading if the classroom is setup to encourage relevant and purposeful reading materials. Read my 9 tips for creating a rich reading environment below.     1. Books on display 24/7. Change them up weekly. This is my display case of high interest books. I consider

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Got Paper? Get Goos(e) Paper

If your school is anything like mine paper is at a premium, but your students visit the lined paper box daily.  To solve this dilemma many teachers at my school have a GOOS (Good On One Side) paper box. Students know that anything that requires paper, which is not an official note or

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Math – The Grass Strategy

  Before I implemented the GRASS Math Problem Solving strategy in my classroom, I was getting incomplete answers. Now that my students have a structure to follow their answers are more detailed and focused.  GRASS is an acronym that stands for: Given, Required, Application, Solution, Statement. Given – What information are you given in

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The Magic of a Homework Pass for Classroom Management

I surprised all of them this morning with a HAPPY NEW YEAR homework pass. I rarely hand out paper homework passes because I am trying to cut down on my class’ paper consumption. This year students have received only three paper homework passes Welcome Back, Birthday and Happy New Year. 

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Reading Check In Strategy

It is important to check in with students while they read. Today I am so excited to introduce Meg from Fourth Grade Studio as a guest blogger on 2 Peas and a Dog.    The Power of Connections! One of the most valuable times of my day begins when my students

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