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Progressive Tense Verbs

Welcome to our Teacher Toolkit Series!
Our topic today is teaching Progressive Tense Verbs!
Here is an idea for an Anchor Chart.
Our students love the pirate theme in our classroom!
So what is a Progressive Tense Verb?
Progressive Tense Verbs describe ongoing actions
in the present, past or future.
Basically, students need to know that they need two elements:
a “to be” verb (am, is, are, was, were, will be)
and an action verb ending in -ing.
We like to create a chart to show which “to be” verb they should use. Whenever students write a progressive verb sentences, we have them use two different color highlighters to code their sentence. They use one color for the “to be” verb and another for the action verb ending in -ing.
We have found this to be a successful tool.
Our students love practicing Progressive Tense Verbs with our Emoji Progressive Verb Activity FREEBIE!
Students love technology and Emojis, so we try to use them whenever we can!
Click below to download this FREEBIE to use in your classroom!
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We love teaching with theme and enjoy treating our students when we can. This was a fun treat of just oranges (to prevent scurvy of course) and chocolate treats wrapped in gold. Super easy!
We also love capturing these learning moments with a photo.
Check out this “Make Me Pirate Photo Booth App.”
It’s free and SOOOOO FUN!!!!
If you are looking for a fun way to practice Progressive Tense Verbs in your class, we have Pirate Themed Progressive Tense Verb Task Cards available in our TPT store!
Click here to check them out!
Progressive Tense Verb Task Card Bundle
Check out our Progressive Tense Verb Week Long Lessons Bundle, or better yet, get the entire year’s worth of Language Standards in our 4th Grade Language and Grammar Interactive Notebook Mega Bundle! See links below!


Teaching Tone!

Welcome back to our series for another tool!! Today’s tool is Teaching Tone! Be sure to download your FREEBIE below AND enter our RAFFLE for a FREE Tone Craftivity!!
 We always start a concept out with a colorful anchor chart
that will BURN an image in our students’ minds and IGNITE their interest in the
 We love a theme, so our theme for Tone was fire! We always
feature a career, since we want our students to be college and career ready!
Firemen are always a hit with the kids.
 Next, we had students complete a craftivity (that is
available in our store or in the giveaway below). Students read 4 short
passages, chose the tone from 8 choices, and matched them up. They highlighted
the words that showed the tone of the passage. With the other 4 tone choices
that were not used, they worked backwards. Students created their own, original
passages that showed the tone. Students then switched with partners to complete
the rest of the craftivity. They loved this part!

Here is a fun Reader’s Notebook idea that I absolutely love.
The hardest part for students is to realize that the tone of a passage is based
off of the author’s word choice. I always put up “What words or phrases do you
see in the text?” Students then need to collect the author’s words!!! They need
to forget about the passage’s meaning and just focus in on the words! They
always want to tell me, “The tone is funny because I laughed,” or they will
give an event. NOOOOO! THIS IS THE MOOD!!!!! Students need the opportunity to
pull out the words from the text! This Reader’s Notebook activity helps them
see the words isolated from the passage to see what the true tone is.

 Check out this FREEBIE! Students are able to practice
exactly what I just mentioned above!
 We always love to have students practice with picture books!
This is a great activity for early finishers! They love picture books! With
this book, students pulled out the tone of “Urgency” with text evidence including:
“turned on the siren,” “rushed,” “roars down Main Street,” “siren going full
blast,” and so on.
 Students also enjoyed some yummy “fire bark” to complete our
theme. The fire bark is simply melted chocolate, and anything you want to throw
in! Simple!
Need more resources for teaching Tone? Buy the Craftivity or
better yet, the Bundle in our store! The Bundle has: Lesson Notes, Poster, A
list of 128 Common Tones, Craftivity, Sentence Frames, Reader’s Notebook Ideas,
Foldable, and Exit Tickets!

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Teaching Mood in Literature

Welcome back to our Teacher Toolkit Series!
Today, we are going to go over the COLORFUL concept of
teaching MOOD in literature!
Get your berets ready because we are going to paint you a
Our students always get excited with a cute anchor chart to start things off.
Anchor charts create a visual for students to reference back to.
Our focus is the READER when teaching mood!

After students have the concept of mood, we practice finding the mood with some of our favorite picture books. The key is to find picture books that give a variety of moods! For example, Silly Tilly’s mood was humorous and Where the Wild Things Are’s mood was imaginative.
Another fun way to teach mood in literature is to teach mood with MUSIC!
Students love hearing their favorite songs to spur their interest and ignite engagement! We love listening to Kidz Bop in our class! Students pulled out the mood of BORED, FED UP, and TIRED in one of their favorite songs, “Same Old Love” and POWERFUL and COURAGEOUS in the song, “Confident.”
We love hooking them in with what they love most!
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Our theme came from our idea to center teaching mood around colors. For this, we use the color wheel and associated different moods with different colors.
Do the same for your class by downloading this FREEBIE that practices using colors to teach mood! When teaching mood, we had students close their eyes and imaging different objects. For example, we had them picture the sky for blue and a tree for green. We had students write how they felt while imagining these objects. After our discussion, we gave them a chart with the different colors and moods, that we felt, fell under each color. We used this chart throughout our unit.
Our fun activity (that is available for FREE in our GIVEAWAY below) that we made goes PERFECTLY with our theme… PAINT BY MOOD!
Students loved this activity!
You can get it in our store if you have to have it now!
Of course, our students’ favorite part was the colorful snack!
Students were able to “paint” their cupcakes with their moods from their book.
After reading, we had students paint their cupcake the color of their mood and explain it to their table group. This was a great Book Share while practicing mood!
For a fun art activity, we capitalized on the theme of being artists. While reading, the students listed their moods throughout the book. After reading The Dot, students were able to paint their own dots with their mood’s color!
Here’s what we have noticed about teaching mood in literature over the years…
1. Students always try to ask us if they have the correct answer. They are so used to getting a correct answer and they need to realize that mood is subjective (within reason). The most important point to make is that as long as they support their mood with events from the text, they have the “correct” answer. We all have different interpretations of the same event and this needs to be a discussion to have in your classroom.
2. Students should be noticing that the Mood Changes! Moods change within the book from chapter to chapter or sometimes, even page to page! We have found it helpful to have them use a mood tracker to record their moods AS THEY ARE READING and NOT WAITING UNTIL THE END! Also, when students use a “Mood Tracker,” it is easier for them to get the overall mood of a book. They are able to see what mood happened the most often throughout the book to make a general statement. When students do not use a mood tracker, they tend to give the mood of the last chapter instead.
Here is a great YouTube video that goes over the concept teaching MOOD and TONE… which brings us to our next blog post! Come back next week for our next TOOL… Teaching TONE in literature! We like to teach these concepts together, because they are easily confused.
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Teaching Suffixes

Welcome to our “Filling Your Teacher Toolbox Series!”
Here are some tools for teaching SUFFIXES!
This creative and colorful anchor chart helped to kick off our theme…
We are Suffix Rock Stars!
This time, we had students create a mini-version of it in their Reader’s Notebooks for future reference.
We started the unit by having students choose a suffix and writing the suffix in big bubble letters. Inside, they wrote in words that had the suffix they chose.
Students also started by creating flashcards for
each of the 20 suffixes we taught.
On the front, they wrote the suffix and on the back, the meaning.
Throughout the unit, students were able to study
at home with these flashcards.
We also implemented the strategy of “Quiz Quiz Trade.”
Another way for students to practice identifying the meaning of suffixes was through a matching game.
Students always love a game!
We had students do what we call, “JOTs.” JOTs are a quick creative writing prompt activity that students complete in their Reader’s Notebooks. JOTs are a way to make sure that students are understanding the concept you are teaching. They also create a fun visual! In this JOT, students practiced breaking apart a word and looking at each word part to discover the word’s meaning.
Our theme of being Suffix Rock Stars came from our new Task Cards! Students participated in a classroom game of Scoot! They were able to practice with two sets of task cards. One set tested students’ understanding of suffix meanings and the other set tested students’ ability to use the suffix correctly.
Students then filled out a graphic organizer with the
suffixes that they were still struggling with.
Because we love to throw a party, we had students pose with these props! They also enjoyed this yummy treat. The treat was a scoop of ice cream with a Pop Rock surprise!
Below, we are doing a GIVEAWAY of our
Rockin’ Prefix and Suffix Task Cards!
Be sure to enter!!!!!!!!!
We look forward to sharing another tool with you next week… Proverbs and Adages!!!! Stay tuned!!
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Teaching Plot

Welcome back to our “Filling Your Teacher Tool Box” Series.
Today we are going to talk about PLOT!
We have a new and exciting way to teach plot.
You and your students are going to love it!
We’ve all heard of a plot mountain, or a plot roller coaster.. here’s another way for students to remember the parts of a plot!
Are you ready????!!!!
PLOT…It’s the PULSE of a Book!
We got this idea because we try to have everything that we do related to a career whenever it is possible. In this unit, we went with the theme of DOCTORS!
We started off with this fun Anchor Chart to help students remember the parts of a plot:
Exposition, Rising Action, Climax, Falling Action and Resolution.
To reach those kinesthetic learners, we had all of the students stand up.
They put their hands over their heart and they patted the beat of each part.
A slow beat was done for both the
E         x         p         o         s         i         t         i          o         n
R         e         s          o         l         u         t         i          o         n
A medium beat was used for
R   i   s   i   n   g    A   c   t   i   o   n
F   a   l   l   i   n   g    A   c   t   i   o   n
A fast beat was used for the
We started by going in order, and then I would mix up the parts and they would show me the beat that matched the part I called out. THEY LOVE THIS!!! This is a great way for students to remember some difficult vocabulary!
Students took notes in their Reader’s Notebook, which listed the definition for each part.
We also went over the last class book that we read and identified each part.
Next, we did our  “APP”lication activity, which is directly connected with our Anchor Cart!
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Photo Booth Props: Book the students are reading, stethoscope, doctor coat, headpiece
If you’ve read our posts before, you know we love a good theme!
Our entire Language Arts block was a PLOT PARTY!
Students dressed up like a doctor, made a fun craft, enjoyed a fun snack, and took a fun picture ALL WHILE LEARNING ABOUT PLOT!
Photo Booth Props: current book the students are reading, stethoscope, doctor coat, and headpiece. For the headpiece, use a strip of white construction paper and staple it to the size of their head, cut a large black construction paper circle and a smaller yellow construction paper circle. Then, glue black circle to white headband and the yellow circle to the black circle to create a light!
Snack: Red Jello cups with whipped cream and a chocolate heart! Quick and easy!
When we tested Plot, we decided to have the students dress up in their lab coats!
Dressing up increased their excitement, which motivated them to do better on their test as DOCTORS!GET OUR FUN “APP”LICATION FOR FREE BY ENTERING THE RAFFLE BELOW!!!!!!
PLOT… It’s the PULSE of the BOOK!

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Your First of Many Tools… Relative Adverbs!

Welcome to our first blog post in our series of
“Filling Your Teacher Toolbox!”
Are you ready for your first tool????
Your first tool is how to teach RELATIVE ADVERBS
while keeping it simple!
Before we begin, we want to give you a disclaimer. We are very aware that Relative Adverbs can be very detailed, such as relative clauses, prepositions, etc… For the sake of teaching Relative Adverbs to fourth graders, we have simplified the concept to what we consider, appropriate for their developmental level.
With that being said, let’s get started!
We started teaching Relative Adverbs with this bright and beautiful anchor chart. Anchor charts are a great tool for students to reference throughout the unit. We love how it reaches our visual learners!
Here’s a few tips for teaching Relative Adverbs!
Here’s “The Test” for relative adverbs…
Where: Can you plug the words “in which” or “at which”?
      Example: I went to the school where  I attended elementary school.
      Test: I went to the school “at which” I attended elementary school.
      Non example: Where have you been all day?
      Test: “At which” have you been all day
When: Can you plug in the words “on which” or “in which”?
      Example: I like the time of day when my students go home!
      Test: I like the time of day “in which” my students go home!
      Non example: When is it time for lunch?
      Test: “On which” is it time for lunch?
Why: Can you plug in the words “for which” or “the reason”?
      Example: I needed to explain why I was late for work.
      Test: I needed to explain “the reason” I was late for work.
      Non example: Why do you cry all of the time?
      Test: “The reason” do you cry all of the time?
In our experience, we have found that students tend to create relative adverb sentences incorrectly because they use them as the “5 W’s.”


Because our Task Cards that we used today were Monster Themed, we thought, let’s go with it! We love a good theme! (One of us more than the other… but anyways…) We started out by making these adorable Monster Ballot Boxes! These monster ballot boxes are a great idea because the task cards required students to write the number of the task card on either Monster A’s eyeball jar, Monster B’s eyeball jar or Monster C’s. Whichever monster had the most eyeballs at the end, won! As students finished, they put their name in the Monster Ballot Box that they thought won. Here’s why this was so amazing… There were 2 students that picked A. The rest picked B (which was correct). I was able to go to the two students that got the wrong answer, find their mistakes and review those task cards with them on a one on one basis. Talk about an easy red flag, right!? I plan on doing more Ballot Boxes in the future!!!! Such an easy tool!
We also made some cute eyeball cookies! The kids loved them!
Not to mention our fun Photo Booth!
Task Cards:
*** In our class, we also used our Week Long Lessons Relative Adverbs Product***
In these products, you will find Students Notes, Practice Pages, Readers’ Notebook Ideas, Sentence Frames, Foldables, Assessments & Answer Keys


Upcoming Blog Series

We are excited to announce our next blog series! 
We have already shared our year long planning and some of what we do on a daily basis. Now, we want to fill your toolbox with tips and strategies for teaching various concepts. In this blog series, we will go over how to teach what we are teaching in our unit: 
Plot, Connecting Text to Visual, Suffixes, and Relative Adverbs. 
This is the first group of standards that we will cover, but we will blog about more in future posts. 
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Colorful and FUN Writing Wall Idea!

We are so excited to show you our new writing wall!!!!!
One of us (okay, it was the brunette) got the idea from looking in a magazine! She saw some colorful clipboards on the wall of an office. She thought…. why not for our classroom??? I immediately fell in love with her idea and ordered enough for my class too!!! :)Anyways, if you love this as much as we do, 
So, back to our writing wall…
Our writing wall is used to post student writing samples. We have students generate a writing sample from one of the three genres (narrative, opinion, or research) once a month. During holidays, we feature a holiday inspired writing piece for about a week or so. After we are done displaying the writing sample, the piece goes into the student’s portfolio. So easy!
In the center of this board, you see a group of papers. They are: the genre, the prompt, steps for the genre, revise/edit guidelines, the rubric, and anchor charts for the genre.
We love our writing wall and the students are always so proud to display their work. How do you display your students’ writing?

Day 10… What The Rigorous Owl Did Today In Their Reader’s Notebooks!

 Hello! Welcome to Day 10 of our series! We made it!!!!
It’s Friday!!!!!!!!! Yaaaa-hoooo!!!!!
Well, if you are just joining this blog post, please be sure to check out the following links for more clarification: Day 1 Interactive Reader’s Notebook  Day 2  Day 3  Day 4   Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 and Day 9.
 Here are our assignments for Day 10. This Friday, we decided not to do sentence frames.
We just enjoyed reading for 20-30 min. Isn’t it nice just to do that sometimes?! Our students love it too! We finished reading Rise of the Guardians today. The kids absolutely loved it and gave it 5 stars out of 5 stars  with a standing ovation! I just love how they were like, “NOOOOOOO!!!!!” every time a chapter ended and begged to read another chapter. That’s why we do this, right?! I told them not to be too sad because they got to watch the movie too! I love comparing the book to the movie…. and they do too! Anyways, let’s get going…
 Here is something new to us this year. We created this Mentor Form, and we absolutely LOVE it!
It is a great review before testing! It allows students to review and to catch any final misunderstandings they may have about what we have been focusing on.
Students filled out the Mentor Form independently, and then they paired up and shared what they wrote. They had the option to change what they wrote based off of their discussion or to add to it. This activity is awesome!
 Today, students also wrote a Teacher Letter in their Reader’s Notebooks. Here is the template that they have glued into the front of their Reader’s Notebook to guide them when writing the Teacher Letter. Our requirements is that it must be a page long and have three paragraphs. When we grade Reader’s Notebooks, we LOVE to read these and comment back to them. The Teacher Letter really shows you a student’s understanding of the content. We will go over how we grade Reader’s Notebooks in a future blog post. Be sure to follow us so that you are notified when we do!!!! We have a ton of ideas that we are just waiting to share with you!!! Sorry, I kind of went off on a tangent there… I guess it is Friday….
Our last assignment today was “The Cream Filling” activity. At the beginning of this unit, students were given this form to complete. We shared the responses today.
This is a simple activity and you just have to do it! It is so cool to see what students write.
Well, this sums up Week 2 of our blog series.
We are going to shorten next week’s assignments into one blog post,
since it is all about writing and testing.
Stay tuned on Monday!