Finding main idea of a nonfiction paragraph is easy with the hamburger analogy. First, teach kids to find the topic sentence and supporting detail sentences. Second, explain that paragraphs may…Read More
You can enjoy teaching. But first, you must survive. How? Just organize, plan, and simplify. Then it's time to thrive. Learn new things. Engage your students. And finally - dive in!
Elements of drama include cast of characters, dialogue, and stage directions. Each play may also be broken into scenes and acts. When teaching, provide lots of examples – and let…Read More
Kids learn forms of poetry better with examples from famous poets. Read on for ideas for teaching rhyming, limerick, diamante, haiku, cinquain, concrete, and acrostic poems. (more…)Read More
Limericks are silly poems with only five verses. Because they have predictable rhythm and rhyme, they’re perfect for students in fourth and fifth grades. Your kids will love them! (more…)Read More
Rhyming poetry is the first type of poem I teach to my kids. Once they understand simple couplets, they can also write their own. After that, we move to more…Read More