English Language Arts

7 Elements of Procedural Writing

What does fall, ooey-gooey s’mores, and an old yellow dog have in common? It encapsulates my sixth-grade English lesson plans for this past week, which were all about procedural writing.  Procedural writing is one of the most widely read texts that adults and students alike use and will use in their day-to-day lives. From recipes… Continue reading 7 Elements of Procedural Writing

English Language Arts, Poetry

Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

If you’ve read any number of our previous blogs, you definitely know our fondness of picture books in the elementary AND middle school classroom. Also, if you’re wondering what to do with your students those couple of days before Thanksgiving break, we have an awesome mini-unit for you. It involves an adorable Thanksgiving picture book, poem… Continue reading Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving

English Language Arts, Grammar

Tips for Teaching Grammar

Teaching grammar can be a frightening topic at any grade level! While in college, I wasn’t directly taught how to teach grammar. Instead, I was told that grammar was best taught in context with writing. Grammar, in isolation, I learned, was not the best approach. My education professors simply stated to teach grammar in context… Continue reading Tips for Teaching Grammar