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February 2022 Teacher Talk

Posted by Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern 

Welcome to our February Teacher Talk.  All of us from the Teacher Talk collaborative would like to wish you a Happy February.  We have so many fab tips this month from Math, ELA and reading ideas, to High interest learning and our featured author for the month, you don’t want to miss reading these blog posts from some awesome educators.

If you’re interested in joining this unique group of teacher entrepreneurs, blogging buddies and/or our blog linky, sign up here…The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative. If you decide to join, “Feel free to email me at deann.marin@gmail.com for any questions you might have.”
All You Need is Love and Kindness


My husband got up one gloomy morning and went to the gas station to fill his car, when he went to pay, the gas pump said, “prepaid.” A kind person, from the goodness of his/her heart, paid for his gas. Needless to say, it brought a big smile to his face.
Celebrate Reading

Ways to celebrate March is Reading month.

Discover How to Effectively Use Running Record Assessments with Primary


Wouldn’t it be great to get insight into what a student does when he/she reads? Learn how in this post!
Bully Tales
My encounter with this student who was a school bully produced a surprising result.


Tips to Use Whose vs.Who’s and Their vs. There, vs.They’re

Help your students learn an easy way to choose between confusing words.

Palindromes in Words and Numbers
I was getting ready to pay for my meal at a buffet when I noticed the cashier’s name tag. It read “Anna” to which I replied, “Your name is a palindrome!” The cashier just stared at me in disbelief. I explained that a palindrome was letters that read the same backwards as forwards. Because you could read her name forwards and backwards, it qualified as a palindrome. In fact, February 22, 2022 will be a palindrome if written as 2-22-22!


How to Deal with Common Problems During Literature Circles
Learn about 6 of the most common problems teachers face during literature circles and solutions for each problem.

Teacher Talk’s Featured Author – Alison Monk

Alison Monk of The Literacy Garden is Teacher Talk’s Featured Author. Alison’s TpT store at https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Literacy-Garden has amazing ELA resources, book companions, and morning work for your classroom. Get her free close reading lesson using nonfiction magazine-styled passages.


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Teacher Talk’s Featured Author – Alison Monk

The Literacy Garden


Tell us about yourself.

I’m an elementary teacher who is passionate about supporting teachers like you with time-saving lessons that engage your students and are easy to implement. I love to share teaching tips to boost your confidence and grow learners. When I’m not creating resources I enjoy crafts, traveling, horseback riding, and training our Golden Retriever pup Shadow.

What is the name of your Teachers Pay Teachers store?

The Literacy Garden    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Literacy-Garden

What types of products do you sell at Teachers Pay Teachers?

I create ELA resources, book companions, morning work, and Common Core labels.

What is your favorite free product from your TpT store?

My favorite free resource has students apply close reading with nonfiction magazine-styled passages. You can grab a sample of it here:  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Close-Reading-for-Elementary-Students-FREE-SAMPLE-2652544

What is your best-selling product from your TpT store?

One of my best-selling resources is Citing Text Evidence for Elementary Students. I combine high-interest short passages with underlining the evidence with crayons to make this task more engaging.


What is your favorite product from your TpT store?

One of my favorite products was developed out of a need I saw with my own elementary students. When we did research projects, they copied word for word from the text. They had no idea how to say it in their own words. So I created Paraphrasing Task Cards to teach them simple ways to say it in their own words. It’s available here:


What do you like best about The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs Marketing Cooperative and/or Teacher Talk?

Collaborating with other teachers who are also growing their online teacher business is the most valuable part of this group. It isn’t a competition ~ it’s a supportive network.

TpT Store: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Literacy-Garden

Blog: https://theliteracygarden.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/literacygarden/

Email Address: theliteracygarden@gmail.com

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Free Poetry Lesson: Analyzing Poetry (NO PREP)


FREE LESSON – This mini-unit on Walt Whitman’s “I Heard the Learned Astronomer” and “A Noiseless, Patient Spider,” teaches students how to analyze poetry. Students must learn to observe, connect, make inferences, and draw conclusions on themes.

This mini-guide includes:

❒ a detailed lesson plan for the teacher

❒ poems for students

❒ answer key and poetry annotation

This mini-guide includes six pages. I hope you enjoy it.

You may also be interested in the following products:

Thematic Poetry Unit: Editable
Analyze This!

ELA Literature Study Unit

Figurative Language & Poetic Devices Jeopardy Game

I Have, Who Has? Game for Teaching Figurative Language & Poetry

Poetry Unit for Senior Students

Poster: Developing Themes in Literature

It’s teaching made easy!

Total Pages
6 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes

FREE SOCIAL STUDIES LESSON – “Map Grid Lesson Freebie”

by Dragons Den
3rd – 4th Grade

If it’s time to teach maps in your classroom, don’t miss this fun freebie when it comes to teaching about map grids. Get one teaching page and two student worksheets with grading keys.

This resource includes:

One teaching page for students (read together, then in pairs)

One street grid (easier) with grading key

One state grid (more difficult) with grading key

This resource comes from a larger resource called “Maps From A to Z”. To check it out, click on the link below!

Maps From A to Z

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Map Grid Lessoeno Freebie by Jan Bernard is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCom
mercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License


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