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Understanding poetry is an important skill for students to learn, but if your students are like mine many of them "hate" poetry. From experience I can tell you most of the groans come from students who don't really know what poetry is. In addition, a lot of poetry is taught in isolation - a once a year poetry unit, and then kids never see it again. Instead of the once a year unit, try integrating poetry into your American history units!

Integrating poetry into your American history unit helps to bring both subject to life! Poems are often written about specific time periods, or provide a glimpse into the life during that time. This post lists and links poems to use during specific American History units in elementary, middle, or high school classes.

Throughout history, people have used poems for a variety of reasons. Some poems have been written to commemorate an important event (such as a war), as protests, to honor religious beliefs, and to reflect people's thoughts. All of these could be used to better understand historical time periods.

Organizing your classroom can be fun if you enjoy decorating - but it can also be very stressful during the school year. When you have a million things to do, printing, laminating cutting, taping, etc. eats up a lot of precious time. Instead of making card stock labels for everything, try printing sticker labels! Stickers are easy to print and easy to remove - making it easy to change labels as needed.

Save Valuable Time with Printable Sticker Labels

Avery is now making printable labels using Astrobrights colors. These labels are also available in packs of white, but the Astrobrights pack comes with bright pink, yellow, orange, blue, and green label pages. They come in either 1 2/3" round labels or 2" x 2 5/8" rectangles. The labels are available on Amazon, but I found them for less money at my local Target. For teachers who enjoy having bright labels, these sticker labels are a great alternative to printing card stock.

As ELA state testing draws closer, many teachers begin to worry if their students are ready for the test. Instead of worrying, try reviewing with engaging test prep activities that allow you to see where your students need more support!

Are you looking for sixth grade ELA  test prep resources that are both engaging and comprehensive? Use these reading and grammar test review activities to help prepare your students for testing, as well as to determine which learning standards need more support.

So many of the practice activities we were provided were dull or took weeks to complete. The students who didn't need to review were highly engaged, while those that really needed more support often just went through the motions. By combining test review with games, students practice in smaller groups and are more engaged. Teachers can collect the review sheets to do error analysis. This would show teachers which topics need more lessons or practice.

Are you looking for some fun ways to engage students in test prep activities? Try using games to get students involved in test review! Having a set of games is best, because students can be broken into small groups to rotate through the activities. Limiting students to groups of 3 or 4 is best, because fewer students actively participate in larger groups.


How can teachers get data on student knowledge from games? Integrate test review questions with easy to play games! Students complete the review as they play the game, then turn in their review packets. Teachers can then analyze the errors to see where more lessons and review are needed.

As state testing sneaks up on us, teachers start to wonder what else they can do to prepare their students. There are so many reading and language standards to cover before testing! 4th grade Florida teachers also have to make sure students are prepared for the writing test. With so much to cover, how do teachers know where to put more effort?

Many teachers wait until a week or two before testing to start their test prep practice. Instead of waiting til the bitter end, start test review about 4 - 6 weeks earlier. With a comprehensive set of test prep activities, teachers could analyze student work and determine where they need more support.

Complete Review Practice For 4th Grade ELA State Test

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