Make Magic in Class with Secret Homes for Special Poems

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! In some parts of the world today, people are wishing for a magic wand to make miserable weather disappear. “Poof! Be gone, wicked weather,” we’d say if we had magical

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Turn Students Into “Progressive Story Chefs”

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Here’s a new recipe to help students in grades 3 – 5 master core skills. It’s an attention-getting recipe for writing time. Set Up Progressive Writing Stations – Challenge kids

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Start Students’ Engines for Writing

Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers! Last Monday’s Attentionology post presented the how-to of turning your instructional space into a classroom of the traveling story. Visit the post to review this approach to taking flight

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Barbara Cleary has been serving as a resource to hundreds of educators for more than 25 years. An award-winning writer, producer, teacher, and trainer, Barbara’s focus is on offering easy, fun tools and tricks that support K-5 curricula and assist teachers with classroom management.
Quick tips for common classroom conundrums: K-5
Situation: Students are having trouble writing connecting sentences between the beginning, middle and end of a story.

Solution: Show toy airplanes, pretending to make them "take off" across notebook paper. Explain to the class that stories, like airplanes, require clear "flight paths."

Related Posts: Become the Classroom of the Traveling Story!
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