The Joy of Teaching – An Evan-Moor Blog

Sharing creative ideas and lessons to help children learn

September 27, 2016
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A Lesson A Day Keeps Grammar Groans Away

When I was a first-year teacher, a very dear veteran teacher bought me Evan-Moor’s Daily Language Review. After glancing over my students’ writing wall (…sigh), she surprised me with the new book. I’m forever grateful for her kindness! The quick … Continue reading

September 21, 2016
by Evan-Moor
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How Many Words Per Minute Should My Child Read? A Guide to Reading Fluency.

Teachers throw the word “fluency” into parent conferences, but what does it mean, and why is it important? Fluency leads to increased comprehension. And increased comprehension matters, because in grade 3, the shift goes from learning to read to reading … Continue reading

September 1, 2016
by Evan-Moor
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Fall Fun with Apples! Apple-themed classroom activities

Students everywhere are settling into their classroom routines and falling (pun intended) into the rhythm of the school day. As I walk through the produce aisle in the grocery store, I rub my hands in glee. It’s apple time! Apples … Continue reading

July 22, 2016
by Evan-Moor
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Teacher to Teacher: 5 Ways TeacherFileBox Will Change Your Life

Take it from me, as a second grade teacher and mom of two, time is my nemesis. A resource that saves me countless hours in lesson development is Evan-Moor’s TeacherFileBox online.With TeacherFileBox, I was able to access differentiated instruction for … Continue reading

February 2, 2016
by Evan-Moor
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Fixing the Most Common Grammar Errors

Last year, the Wall Street Journal reported in two separate stories that Mets fans (MLB) and Redskins fans (NFL) are the worst at spelling and grammar. Fans were evaluated on spelling, punctuation, and grammar as they commented on their teams’ … Continue reading

December 2, 2015
by Evan-Moor
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How to Teach Inference with Picture Prompts

Making inferences is a higher-order thinking skill used across the curriculum, but to some, it may seem like an abstract skill to teach. Here’s a simple strategy to help students learn to make logical inferences based on clues that they … Continue reading

October 22, 2015
by Evan-Moor
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One Teacher’s Story: My Morning Routine

This year I entered a new grade level and wasn’t sure what it was going to bring. I felt just like a student on my first day, that anxious butterfly feeling, not know what the day would hold for me. … Continue reading

October 8, 2015
by Evan-Moor
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Academic Vocabulary: Giving Students an Academic Edge

“Vocabulary knowledge is one of the most reliable predictors of academic success.” (Daily Academic Vocabulary, page 4)   Knowing academic vocabulary is essential for students to understand concepts across content areas; it is also a focus of the Common Core State … Continue reading

August 28, 2015
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A Productive 10-Minute Lesson: Daily Practice Interactive Lessons

How do you fit basic skill practice in your curriculum when you have rigorous standards to meet? Evan-Moor has received feedback from teachers that our daily practice interactive lessons make it especially easy to help students practice and learn core … Continue reading

May 27, 2015
by jessicaonkenevanmoor
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One Teacher’s Story: Using Daily Phonics for Assessment

In my first-grade classroom, I use a variety of Evan-Moor daily practice titles for quick lessons and easy assessments. While I don’t always use the lessons sequentially, I’ve found that these titles are valuable to help students practice a skill … Continue reading