Hi there! It’s Deb Hanson from Crafting Connections , and I’m going to share a free character traits lesson with you today. This lesson is based on one I did a few years ago for a formal observation. My principal at the time loved the lesson… I hope you will, too! If you do decide that you want to try this activity with your students, be sure to click on the following image . Everything you need for this lesson is FREE! (Well, almost everything… you’ll have to provide your own anchor chart paper and cups!) Part 1: Anchor Chart I almost always start my ELA units with a PowerPoint presentation to introduce the topic . Therefore, the lesson I am describing would occur on Day 2 of our character traits study. Prior to class, I would create the base of my character traits anchor chart. To start the lesson, I would use the anchor chart to review how good readers analyze clues provided by the author in order to infer character traits. Next, I would read four short passa...
Hi friends! I'm Jodi from The Clutter-Free Classroom and one of my absolute favorite things to do is transform piles of furniture in a bare space into a colorful, organized home away from home for teachers and students. Although educators don't know what the new school year will bring, it is always fun to dream about what your teaching space (either at school or in a corner of your home) will look like this year.   The good news is it is easy to create a customized, beautiful space on a budget.  I am excited to share some tips and links to my FREE Classroom Decor Guide  with you so you will have them when you are getting ready for the new school year. (DOWNLOAD THE FREEBIE ) It is helpful to start by picking a color scheme for your classroom.  Picking a main color with only 1 or 2 accent colors will make your classroom look great without feeling overwhelming.  Once you have your color scheme selected the real fun begins. Use these co...
I have never been the type to do things for the sake of doing them.  Not just with teaching, but with everything.  It is important that I see the value in what I do, and I get the most value possible.  Basically, I always want to make sure I'm getting the most "bang for my buck".  This same mentality follows me into the classroom.  One area, in particular, is independent reading time. In my classroom, my students read daily, usually during guided reading time.  There is at least a 45-minute block where students are reading or writing about their reading.  This time in my room is not for games, centers, or anything else.  It is just about reading! Over the years, I have found a few simple activities that I incorporate into my students' reading time to make it more meaningful.  Don't let the word "simple" throw you off.  By "simple", I do not mean easy or tedious.  These activities are simple for the teacher to implement, yet require the...