Three EASY Halloween writing projects!

Boo! Happy Halloween! Here’s your trick instead of a treat — 3 super easy writing projects your students will love! 1. Write and illustrate a gross Halloween recipe. We’re not talking cute Pinterest-y gummy worm cupcakes. We’re talking Eyeball Succotash. Intestine Souffle. Centipede Quiche. Because every kid loves to write about “illicit” stuff like blood


Christopher Columbus writing project

It’s Explorer time around here! This month is all about explorers (which I love!). The kids have been working on their explorer lapbooks about the Age of Discovery. The lapbook covers more than 40 explorers and has lots of cool info about why people explored, the tools they used, the types of ships, the knots they tied, maps,


Jazzing up the language arts curriculum

Yesterday afternoon at the pool I casually asked the lifeguard when the pool hours drop to evening-only. “They don’t,” he said. “As of next week, we’re open only on weekends.” The end of the pool, to me, signifies the end of summer. It means all the lifeguards are back in school. It means the water starts getting


Dressing up sentences: From drab to FAB

Some sentences are fine. They’re perfectly passable, in the same way that a plain dress is passable at a soiree. And then there are the sentences that make you go, “Wow!” They’re the sequined, tailored, accessorized cousins to the plain dress. They are specific, articulate, organized, detailed, and beautiful. But… how do you go from

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