Checking Station: An Essential Component for Centers

Whether you follow my blog often or this is your first visit, you need to know one thing about me; I love using centers in my classroom.  Several years ago, I had a checking station that just sort of……invented itself!  In my special education classroom, I supplied all of the classroom supplies, such as markers, colored pencils, and scissors.  I happened to have the markers in a cute container coincidentally next to the answer keys that I required my students to use to check their own work.  In time, this station just unfolded.  Markers + Answer Keys = Checking Station!…

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Teaching Multiple Meaning Words: A Free Activity

This year, my teaching partner and I are switching things up….like a LOT!  Last year, I taught math, science, and social studies.  I had a fabulous year but really missed teaching reading.  With a few other changes in our building, collaborating together seemed like the best fit for us!  Luckily, we work well together and are usually on the same page with everything. Last week, we were working on multiple meaning words.  By the fifth grade, I feel that most students know many of these words but need a little refresher! To refresh them, I created a simple center activity…

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