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It’s been a while since I’ve written.  You know how life just gets in the way sometimes! Well, the big news is that I have my Teachers pay Teachers store up and running.  My store sells resources to use in your classrooms.  Many can also be used for home school programs.  Take a look!  Salerno’s School Hub Teacher Store

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Back to School

Looking for a great way to start the school year?  I just finished a set of Back to School writing prompts that will get your students writing on the very first day.  Start of school Year-001 (2)

They can be use in:

  • Centers and stations
  • on an overhead projector or
  • passed out individually to students
  • You can use them one time, every day for a week, even every day for the entire first month of school giving you an excellent assessment of your students’ writing skills.
  • The content will tell you a lot about your students’ strengths, weaknesses, likes, dislikes, learning styles, goals, and expectations.
  • They will also give you insights into the different personalities of your students as well as what works for them and what doesn’t.
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Clip it! Genres in Reading

Print-and-Use Reading Tool


clip itTo help students recognize the distinguishing features of genres, give each child a colorful copy of the provided page. Have him cut out the genre features and glue each one next to the correct genre. When he’s finished, have him cut out the genre guide; fold it in half lengthwise; and glue the back sides together, as shown, to make a bookmark. Also have him fasten a paper clip to the side. Then, each time he reads a different book, have him slide the paper clip up or down to identify the book’s genre. This handy tool will not only mark his page in the book, but it will also help him remember a key feature of each listed genre!


Reposted from:  The Mailbox Intermediate Activities

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Problem Solving


Skills: problem and solution


Author's EyeLabel each of a few hand cutouts with a different everyday problem such as “I forgot my lunch,” “I can’t find my eraser,” and “My desk wobbles.” Then, for each hand cutout, cut a simple tool shape from construction paper. Tape one hand cutout to the board and read aloud the problem described. Invite students to brainstorm possible ways to fix the problem, reminding them that there’s usually more than one solution for every problem. Then, with your students’ input, select one solution to write on a tool shape. Tape the shape near the hand cutout. Repeat the procedure for each remaining problem. Keep the cutouts on display as a reminder of problem and solution.

Take a similar approach when identifying the story elements of problem and solution. Instruct each child to trace the outline of his hand on a sheet of blank paper, label it “Problem,” and describe inside the outline a problem the main character faces. Then have him draw the outline of a tool, label it “Solution,” and describe inside the outline how the problem is solved. Very clever!


Reposted from:  The Mailbox Literature Activities

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When Students Opt Out, What Are the Policy Implications? – Education Week

Education Week has an interesting article regarding standardized testing and parents “opting out” of testing for their child.  The Common Core standardized assessments have created a significant increase in parents opting out. According to the No Child Left Behind Act which is currently being rewritten by Congress, school must test a minimum of 95% of their students or face sanctions.  Since parents have a right to opt out, then what happens if schools do not meet the 95% testing rate?  Should they face sanctions?  Is the validity of the remaining scores skewed?  Do you agree that parents should be allowed to opt out or that schools should be sanctioned?  Just curious.  🙂

Public school employees are not allowed to suggest or recommend a parent opt out of testing and face disciplinary actions if they do. I can say that as a retired principal, it was always a concern for me as more and more parents would enter my office and tell me their child would not be taking the standardized tests.  I also knew how many students could opt out without affecting my school’s scores.

When Students Opt Out, What Are the Policy Implications? – Education Week.

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A Poetic Reaction


Poetic reactionSkills: literary response

Looking for a unique yet simple book report idea? Try these acrostic reports! Have each student list the title of her book vertically and then write a sentence about the book that begins with each letter of the title. To extend the exercise, challenge the student to jot the author’s name vertically and then write a sentence beginning with each letter that describes the author’s style or purpose.




Taken from:  The Mailbox Literature Links


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Land “Feet-ures”

Land gamePrint-and-Use Gameboard

Here’s a partner game sure to keep your students thinking. Give each pair of students a copy of the gameboard and answer key, two copies of the recording sheet, and a die. Then guide the partners to follow the directions to play the game and review important landform terms.



Reposted from: The Mailbox Intermediate Activities

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