Sentence Surgery!

Welcome back friends,

Today's blog post is all about Sentence Surgery!

I created this product to review for the STAAR Writing test coming up. (YIKES!)
Last April, I had the amazing opportunity to visit The Ron Clark Academy I should blog about that soon. While I was there, the fabulous Kim Bearden, inspired all of us with her ideas about turning your classroom into a place that is engaging to learners. She gave out 20+ ideas on how to set the stage to engage, which is also inspired by the wonderful Hope King. 
I had the opportunity to meet both of these sweet ladies, and let me just tell you, you will walk away thinking you have so much work to do because they will inspire you to the core.

As a result, I created the Sentence Surgery {Grammar & Writing activity} pack! 
When we did this unit in my classroom, I provided students with surgical masks, gloves and hair covers to help "set the stage" a little more.

Steps to Surgery: Setting the Stage

While there are many wonderful ideas for primary grades, I really needed to create a product with more in-depth, hands-on learning to help review. This product is specifically created for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students.

Here is a picture of the "patient" & a FREEBIE for you to help you get started!

If you have any other ideas/ ways to engage students comment below, I would love to hear your thoughts! I hope your students enjoy the product as much as my students! 

Thank you!

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Flexible Seating in the 21st Century!

Hello Friends!

I am jumping on board with my fellow teacher friends about the best new thing in town!

Flexible seating within a coffeeshop style classroom.

Photo Cred: Pinterest

My first encounter with this idea came from Top Dog Teaching's, Ms. Kayla Delzer, when she was asked about her creative classroom seating in this video and news article. You can also catch her amazing Ted Talks video here about reimagining classrooms.

Side note-if you aren't following her top dog kids Instagram, you are seriously missing out!
Photo Cred: Lucky Little Learners

Then I stumbled upon Meg's New Box of Crayons giveaway & Lucky Little Learners' tips & tricks on how to make this dream a reality within my own classroom. I took pieces of both of their ideas and I'm jumping in to get flexible seating within my classroom!

I also found this video from Edutopia that shows what flexible seating in the classroom really looks like. 

We use Class Dojo in my classroom as a reward system, you can check out the previous blog post here. I decided to give Meg's New Box of Crayons' idea a try within my own classroom. Now, my students must reach a goal of 3,000 dojo points combined in order to receive their special spot surprise. I'll be honest, this idea is completely out of my comfort zone. I allow students to sit on the floor, hallway, and have a special spot in the room, but to reimagine my classroom is scary. At first, when I started trying to process how I could do all of this, I realized I just don't have that kind of money right now, and I need financial support!

That's when I decided to post my project on Donor's Choose

That's where you come in, I need your help!

 I am holding a Donor's Choose Giveaway! YAY!

3 lucky donor's will win big prizes including....

(1) It Works Skinny Wraps
(1) Go Noodle Prize Packs
(1) Custom Header and Quote Box banner for your TPT store! 
 Here is how it works...
1. Donate to my Donor's Choose Project (click here for the link)
2) Email me @ to let me know you donated to my project
3) Enter into the Donor's Choose Giveaway (below)
4) Earn extra entries by sharing this blog post & tagging me on on Social Media! (@uncommonteaching)

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Books Teachers Love: January Edition

Happy New Year,  friends! 
I'm joining in with some of my favorite teacher bloggers for the January edition of Books Teachers Love. 

For January, one of my favorite books to read is "Martin's Big Words" It is a great time to read it being the month that we honor and celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

We have limited resources at my school so I have to get really creative when searching for new books. My students love to "watch" books online
I found this wonderful activity pack from Teach Create Motivate here that I will be going through with my students as well. 

Another one of my favorite one of my favorite books to read in January is "White Socks Only."

If you don't have the book, you can have your students listen to it as it is read aloud online! (Storyline Online is my favorite!)

I like to have questions ready to go as I read, KWL chart and a few activities to do after we read this book aloud.

You can grab a copy of related activities from the Storyline Online website here.

Here is a few of the other read aloud for January

Thanks for stopping by! 

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