Complete Grammar Units for Elementary Grades

Complete Grammar Units for Elementary Grades

Grammar instruction is an integral part of Common Core and most state standards. Under the language standards, elementary students slowly build their understanding of grammar and mechanics in each grade level. The focus of grammar instruction has moved away from...
Complete Review Practice for 4th Grade ELA State Tests

Complete Review Practice for 4th Grade ELA State Tests

As state testing sneaks up on us, teachers start to wonder what else they can do to prepare their students. There are so many reading and language standards to cover before testing! 4th grade Florida teachers also have to make sure students are prepared for the...
Make Synthesizing Easy with These Simple Strategies

Make Synthesizing Easy with These Simple Strategies

In recent years, students have been expected to synthesize what they read at a deeper level than when I started teaching (long, long ago…). When readers synthesize information, they bring together facts from multiple sources to create an overall understanding of...
How to Find the Main Idea in 3 Easy Steps

How to Find the Main Idea in 3 Easy Steps

There are a few basic reading strategies that will help students improve their reading comprehension. Teaching students how to identify the main idea of a text is an effective way to increase their understanding of the reading. The main idea is exactly what it says,...
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