• Holiday informational texts articles
    Close Reading

    7 Holiday Informational Texts for the Secondary Classroom

    ‘Tis the Season for a Holly Jolly Classroom Our students are getting antsy and distracted, with visions of gifts, Winter Break, and sugar plums dancing in their heads. My teacher-steam is running low, as well. We need some holiday jolly! As a reading teacher, it can be a challenge to find holiday literature that isn’t being used in the English classes. So began my quest for holiday informational texts for close reading that would appeal to teenagers. I found these holiday gems on History.com! I’ve run them through the lexile calculator for you. I suggest that you use some super products on TeachersPayTeachers.com with them in your classroom. I also…

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    Gift Guides

    20 Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers

    Christmas is coming quickly, and our shopping lists are sooo long! Are you looking for a gift for your child’s teacher, or perhaps a teacher-friend? Are your room mothers looking for a group gift for the teacher? Here is a list of 20 great Christmas gifts teachers love!

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    Back to School

    Tools to Tackle that First Day of School

    It may be only June, but like teachers everywhere, I am already looking for back to school activities.  It isn’t uncommon for a teacher to get hired just days before school begins, or discover during the pre-school preparation that you will teach a new class this year. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that whatever course they give you at the last minute, you have an introduction and activity ready to go? Welcome to Your Class! The Back to School PowerPoint presentation introduces not only the class rules and procedures, but gives them a peak at who I am. One slide has pictures of family, pets and hobbies. The only change…

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    Welcome to Savvy Teacher Solutions!

    Hi! I’m Melanie. I thought I’d kick off my new blog by telling you a little about myself. I became a professional teacher later in life. I began homeschooling my children as we traveled and lived in several countries in Europe and the Middle East. When we settled back to Florida, I went back to school for my Master of Teaching in Special Education from the University of South Florida. I’ve taught High School Reading, and I am switching to Social Studies. My children are grown and on their own adventures. When I’m not teaching or creating resources, my husband, our dog, Pookie, and I are often on the road…