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The Mysterious Missing Goldfish: A Photo Writing Prompt

Today's freebie is a photo writing prompt with a missing poster printable.  I tried to include some clues that could lead to multiple outcomes. 

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Main Idea FREEBIE!

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw here from

How to find main idea.  free comprehension resources.

Teaching students to consistently find the main idea of a text HAS NEVER BEEN EASY!

I have several free main idea anchor charts that will be helpful during a mini-lesson, small group instruction, comprehension intervention, or ...even for adding to a reading response journal.

FREE:  Main idea vocabulary anchor charts and resources.

Introduce and teach the vocabulary of main idea.

How to find the topic of text.  Main idea resources for free!

Teach your students how to find the topic of a text ...before finding the main idea...

Free resource:  How to Find the Main Idea of a text.

Finally, the basic steps for how to find the main idea of a text.

For additional lesson ideas and to get your free main idea resources, please click here.

Best wishes!
FREEBIE!  100th Day of School Making Words activity and printables.

Using Story Elements - Learning the Who, Where, and What of the Story

From day one when reading stories to and with kids, we should be talking about the elements of the story.  Pointing out the characters, setting, and events is natural as you read and discuss a book.  Name the character, describe him/her/it.  
Building the understanding in children that the book is about someone, somewhere, doing something gives them the basis for understanding narratives of all sorts, either personal or fictional.  
At the earliest level of narrative development, children begin by being able to tell the who and the where.  Labeling these elements is relatively easy.  
As narrative development progresses, children add elements of action, and then start to be able to talk about the character's feelings and plans.
One of the very simplest story frames that has been used for years is the very basic:
Somebody  (the character)
Wanted  (the initiating event)
But  (the problem)
So (the events and ending)
For the book “Stone Soup” your story frame might look like this:
Somebody - the soldiers
Wanted - to eat
But - the peasants hid the food
So - the soldiers tricked them into making “stone” soup
Another way to build understanding is to talk about the WHO (the characters) the WHERE (the setting) the WHAT Happened (the plot) as the very first step.  I love MaryEllen Rooney’s Story Grammar Marker and have used it for years with lots of kids (visit ).   
Since I’ve already talked about sequences by the time I get to identifying story elements and/or re-telling the story, my work is half-way done by now.
I use lots and lots of visual cues with the kids I work with, and it makes all the difference!  I often run into teachers or parents who feel the visual cues are for younger kids, or just aren’t needed, but I’m still using visual cues when I work with adults and, yes, they really are necessary.

Here is a “story element die” that I used a lot in intervention.  Just right click to download, and follow the simple directions to construct it.
You can have students take turns rolling the die and telling the part of the story that shows up, or use it in story telling or personal narrative building.  It’s also great in history, too - which is basically story re-telling.

Have fun telling and re-telling stories.  Building understanding of the elements improves everyone's comprehension.

Essential Pre-Writing Skills: I Can Trace Lines!

There are so many great activities little ones can engage in to get themselves ready for learning to write. And learning to control those sneaky pencils takes a fair bit of work for tiny hand muscles!

Download these sweet line tracing sheets from Liz's Early Learning Spot. 

There are both coloured and black and white versions of each so children can use them straight off the printer, or wait a few minutes for laminating so they can be reused over and over with a dry erase marker.

I hope you are able to make use of these sheets and wish you happy teaching and learning!

Mini-Research Projects: Trading Cards

I originally designed these to go with the Nathan Fludd, Beastologist books.  Students imagine their own mythological creatures and design trading cards for them.  Then I realized I could use these same cards with real animal reports.


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FREE: 6 Box Note-Taking Strategy & Interactive Journal Pages for Reading SUCCESS!

Howdy!  Jen Bradshaw here from

If you are looking for a way to improve your students' reading comprehension skills, you will want to check out this FREEBIE.

I'm excited to share this freebie with you because it has so much included to boost student success!

Here are some of the concepts, skills, and strategies covered in this freebie:

  • Reading comprehension strategies
  • Interactive journal pages
  • Author's purpose
  • Setting
  • Problem
  • Solution
  • Big ideas
  • Plot
  • Conflict
  • Resolution
  • Note taking

You will LOVE the free interactive reading sheets that are just perfect to add to your kiddo's reading response journals!

To get your FREE 6 Box Note-Taking Strategy and Interactive Journal Pages, please click here or on the graphic below.

Best wishes!

FREEBIE!  100th Day of School Making Words activity and printables.

Five in a Row: Gomoku Addition

I created a series of dice games at different levels.  Gomoku with Addition is the easiest level.  Students take turns rolling two dice, adding the numbers together, and placing a marker on one of the squares with the correct answer.  The person who gets five in a row wins.

I currently teach fourth grade, but we took this game and the subtraction version to play with our first grade buddies.


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Are your students confused about area and perimeter? Check this out!

Area and perimeter get my students so confused. Despite drawing pictures, practicing with our bodies, and really tuning into the vocabulary, my students still need extra practice on a regular basis or we are back to square one.

This freebie is perfect for letting the students practice their area and perimeter skills in a fun and easy way. It is self-checking because all the pairs should be in sets of 4 BEFORE they glue. Plus students need to know the appropriate labels for area and perimeter to be able to make the matches. My low friends do this using their math journals for added support, but all my students can do it without much help from me.

Get a free copy of this fun activity by clicking the image below!

Happy Teaching!

Love Interactive Notebooks!

Do you love interactive notebook as much as me?  Interactive notebooks are an engaging way to get students to show their thinking.  The notebooks are also the perfect way for students to keep a record of their learning throughout the year. 

To share my love of interactive notebooks I’ve put together a sample of my fourth grade interactive notebook for literary and informational text.  Please check it out!  Happy notebooking!

Click here to see the sample.
 Interactive Notebook Sample

St Patrick's Day Interactive Sentence "Mystery Picture" Booklets

Check out these new free 'Mystery Picture Sentence Booklets' for vocabulary, sight word and sentence development.

My students loved these. :)

Click on the picture to grab the freebie. You can read more about it over HERE at my blog.

Thanks for reading!


Math Quizzes: Improper and Mixed Fractions

Here are three short quizzes with answer keys that I use with my fourth graders to see if they understand converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.  To download Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers from my Google Drive, please visit this post on Artistry of Education.

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Leprechaun C.G.I. Task Cards

Hi, this is Brandi from The Research Based Classroom. I like to use lots of problem solving tasks in my math centers.  We start our day off with problem solving, we problem solve with partners and we problem solve in small groups. These leprechaun themed task cards are perfect for some independent practice. They include 14 different problem types with numbers within 20 and numbers within 100. You can download both sets from my TpT store for free.
Student record sheet and answer key included.

Click on the image to download the task cards for numbers to 100.

Click on this image to download the task cards with numbers to 20.

May the luck of the Irish be with you as you solve these problems!

Read Across America Bookmarks

Read Across America is just a week away. I made these fun bookmarks as gifts to the kids to celebrate Dr. Suess' birthday. They can use them
with their books throughout the week. Use colored paper to brighten them up or white paper so that they can color them in. Enjoy!
These bookmarks are available on my blog, HERE.

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