Rhyming Made Easy

Aug 16th 2020

“Reggie the Rhyming Raccoon is my name.Learning to rhyme is my game!When words rhyme, they have the same ending sound–You can hear this in the words ground and found.I’ll teach you to hear and find the rhyme.With my help, you’ll […]

Boost Alphabet Skills with Leroy the Letter Lynx!

Jul 12th 2020

“Hi, I’m Leroy the Letter Lynx.           I’ll help you name letters quick as a wink! Alphabet letters are all around. My job is to teach you their names, shapes and sounds. I’ll teach you capital letters and lowercase too. I […]

Distance Learning: Retelling Made Easy

Apr 30th 2020

As both an educator and a parent, I understand that distance learning can be difficult, especially when teaching reading.  Our multi-sensory retelling activity is engaging and requires no prep–it’s perfect for distance learning! Plus it’s FREE right now: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Retell-Strategy-Unit-Distance-Learning-1742591 What […]

How to Boost Reading Fluency during Remote Learning

Apr 22nd 2020

Like many other educators, I’ve been missing my students greatly and have been trying to wrap my head around providing quality specialized intervention instruction during distance learning and remote instruction. Most of my students have goals in the area of […]

Favorite Multi-Sensory Sight Word Activities for At-Home Learning

Apr 21st 2020

When learning how to read and spell, children respond best to hands-on strategies.  What better way to practice sight words than to use materials that will engage the visual, tactile, kinesthetic, and auditory senses. These are great activities for at-home […]

Scaffolding Text-Dependent Questions for Struggling Readers

Mar 18th 2020

FREE TEXT DEPENDENT QUESTIONING UNIT! “Hey, I’m Quinn the Questioning Quail; use me when you read. Questions are the way to get the information you need. Good readers ask questions to help them understand; They read the text to find […]

Best of Back to School Activities & Lessons

Aug 19th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store on August 20 for a bonus sale of 25% off using the code BTSBONUS19. Planning back to school lessons is similar to cooking a gourmet meal—you need several elaborate ingredients, thorough instructions, specific materials and a great […]

5 Easy Organization Hacks for Back to School

Aug 18th 2019

**Visit our Astute Hoot TPT store  for more  great deals! As veteran teachers, we know that Back to School often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress.  Combat the chaos of the classroom with […]

Mother’s Day Mother of the Year Writing & Art Project

May 6th 2019

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate Mom than with her own Mother of the Year magazine cover and article. Inspired by Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year issue, this persuasive writing and art […]

Boost Intervention and Tutoring Success in 3 Easy Steps

Apr 28th 2019

As I’m wrapping up this school year, I’ve had the opportunity to reflect on what went well and what I could have done better in my intervention groups. One thing that I would have liked to have done better was […]

Secrets for Teaching Opinion & Persuasive Writing

Apr 9th 2019

Teaching opinion and persuasive writing can be difficult, but not any more. Here are 3 secrets for delivering engaging, differentiated writing instruction from our latest strategy-based resource, Cats vs Dogs: A Common Core Research Opinion Writing Unit. Plus, it’s on […]

Happy 100! Celebrating the 100th Day of School

Jan 16th 2019

I can’t believe we’ve already been in school for 100 days! Where does time go? To celebrate this momentous occasion, my class participated in several 100 Day activities. Here are a few highlights from our special day: 1. If I […]

A New Year, A New Office

Jan 2nd 2019

Designing a stylish workspace was our New Year’s Resolution as our original workspace was cluttered, dull and lacked the pizazz needed to channel creativity and promote productivity. Jen and I focused on 3 key components: color, organization and inspiration. Color: […]

Holiday Survival Guide for Teachers

Dec 3rd 2018

Our school recently kicked off the holiday season with a Winter Wonderland celebration this past week.  In Arizona, that means delivering 12 tons of snow to school grounds!  The kids are super excited for all of the wonders of this […]

The Ugly Truth About Halloween

Oct 15th 2018

Halloween is just around the corner and kids are focused on costumes, candy and creepy creatures–it’s enough to make you batty before Halloween even arrives! It’s tempting to use Halloween coloring pages and other fluffy activities to keep students calm […]

Guided Reading Survival Guide Part 4

Jul 21st 2018

Guided reading challenging, even to veteran teachers because there are so many factors to consider. In my 4 part blog series, Guided Reading Survival Guide, I explain how to go beyond the basal and provide engaging, authentic supplemental texts; teach research-based […]

Celebrate Earth Day with The Lorax

Apr 22nd 2018

Earth Day is fast approaching and with spring fever in full force, our engaging, comprehensive Lorax literature study is the perfect solution! Our Lorax literature study integrates elements from our Guided Reading Strategies Bundle which teaches critical reading strategies in a child-friendly way. […]

Using Rubrics to Assess Progress Towards IEP Goals

Apr 7th 2018

Rubrics have been essential for my resource program this year. Rubrics are efficient tools to assess authentic student learning and growth. Instead of measuring a skill as correct/incorrect or simply generating a percentage score, rubrics allow us to assess holistically […]

Celebrate Dr. Seuss in Style

Feb 25th 2018

Read Across America is around the corner–celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with these fun, no-prep activities: 1. Cat in the Hat Kabob: Download this FREE recipe to make these adorable Cat in the Hat kabobs, a perfect activity to incorporate during […]

Taking Intervention to the Next Level with Authentic Text

Nov 25th 2017

As a special education resource teacher, one of the biggest challenges I’ve seen students struggle with is transferring strategies they learn during intervention lessons to authentic text. Often times students can use their decoding skills in controlled text in the […]

The Imposter Syndrome: Life as a Special Education Teacher

Oct 21st 2017

NEWLY REVISED ULTIMATE SPECIAL EDUCATION SURVIVAL KIT! Today I had a rare moment: some peace and quiet at home and an opportunity to sit down and read a book.  As I was diving into Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg I […]

Don’t Teach Another Phonics Lesson Until You Read This…

Aug 27th 2017

As a resource teacher, I use specialized instruction in my intervention groups to help my students meet their IEP goals as well as make progress towards grade level standards. While implementing the district prescribed intervention curriculum, Wilson Reading System, I […]

TpT Back to School Sale 2017

Jul 31st 2017

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. We are here to help! Our tried-and-true Back to School resources are guaranteed to help you work […]

Set Up Your Best Classroom Yet

Jul 30th 2017

Welcome to my second grade classroom, my home away from home.  Each year, I refine my classroom with special finds from Target and Hobby Lobby (my favorite!) to make it comfortable and inviting. I love to think outside of the […]

Master Meet the Teacher in 5 Easy Steps

Jul 18th 2017

Just the mention of Meet the Teacher or Curriculum Night makes most teachers break out into a cold sweat. Why is this? We speak in front of people all day, every day, but the difference is their age. Children will […]