Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Motivating Students


Motivating 5th graders can be challenging anytime of the year, but the holidays are especially difficult! Students are wanting to do anything and everything EXCEPT what we are doing in school, so we as teachers have to get creative and make learning extra fun. I have two main areas that I struggle with student motivation: reading and homework. Luckily I found two fabulous ideas with The Mailbox Gold Toolkit. I was so excited about these fun, creative ideas that I made a video about them. Check it out!

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Saturday, November 14, 2015

WBT {Whole Brain Teaching}


Happy Saturday, friends! I posted this picture on my Instagram (msleslieann01) earlier this week and lots of people commented with helpful tips on Whole Brain Teaching. Have you ever heard of this teaching system? Do you use it in your classroom? I discovered this through Youtube a few years back and was hooked. I only use a few methods, but after seeing a video of it being used in a 5th grade classroom ( I had only ever seen it through the eyes of a 1st grade teacher!), I was determined to learn more so I purchased this book. We started incorporating the game board Thursday and Friday and my kids were never more engaged in a lesson or well behaved! I'm sharing with y'all some of my favorite videos that you can check out if you don't know a lot about it and you want to know more. 
   
            

           

          

                        

         

Monday, November 2, 2015

Carson Dellosa: Evidence Practice Passages and Story Starters

Happy Monday, friends! I'm teaming up with Carson Dellosa to talk about some absolute amazing products this month. 

Let me tell you, if I had a Holy Grail teaching product, this Applying the Standards Evidence-Based Reading would be it. Y'all, this book is perfect for practicing how to show evidence in short answer responses. #love



You get passages designed to specifically target standards for literature, informational text, foundational skills, and even language! I cannot say enough good things about this book! You will LOVE it!

Be sure and check out the video preview here


The CC Differentiated Reading for Comprehension book is another fabulous resource. This book comes with passages written below, on, and above level. This is absolutely perfect for providing practice for all levels in your classroom. 
You can get a video preview here





Another great resource that I'm sharing this month are these Curriculum Cut Out Story Starters that I use during Rain Writing. The kids love them and they are great when a child says "I don't know what to write". 

Learn more about this fun product in the video preview! 


What are some of your favorite Carson Dellosa go to resources? I'd love to hear them!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Comp Files

Yay for November Comp Files being done and uploaded! You can grab them here. Check below for a below of what's included... In this month's unit I included girl AND boy evidence bookmarks for those who have asked! :)