Thursday, April 7, 2016

Inference Playing Cards (Updated)

Making inferences can be fun!  Lately, I have been on art overdrive and have been updating many of my old products.  My most recent update was to my Inference Playing Cards.  Yes, these are playing cards that review inferences.  

I was providing intervention to students that needed to improve in reading.  My goal was to create learning resources that reviewed concepts and made learning fun.  The playing card series was born.  

It is fun to watch students really get into the game and build their game strategies as they learn how to infer.  This has been one of my best sellers.  To access this resource, click here.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Are You Noticing a Pinterest Slump? It is Not Your Imagination

When the Lesson Cloud was first created, I became very excited.  I was new at blogging and felt this was a great way to share teaching ideas with fellow teachers.  Like so many others, I began to share my Lesson Cloud Pins on Pinterest.  Recently, Pinterest changed its algorithm, and this has concerned many pinners.  How can you breathe more life into your pins?  I have noticed some successful patterns.  Read my recent blog post to find helpful tips.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Free Clipart

I back today with free clip art.  This free school lunch clip art makes a wonderful addition to your classroom teaching materials.
Access It Here

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Free Inference Task Cards

Do you sometimes feel as though there is not enough time to get everything done?  Help is here!  Try out this sample version of my differentiated inference task cards for free. The full version has task cards for each guided reading/Lexile level.  Fiction and nonfiction passages are included.  Questions are written at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy to help students at all reading levels practice critical reading skills and infer ideas.

  • Save hours of planning time.  Since the passages and task cards at written at different levels, students at different reading levels can work on the same skill at their own individual reading levels.
  • Use for progress monitoring.  The Lexile level/guided reading level is written on each task card.  Each level comes with a student recording form and an answer key.
  • Use as a test prep resource.  The questions are written at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy.  Multiple-choice and short response questions are both included.
  • Use as an RTI (Response to Intervention) resource.  The leveled nonfiction and fiction passages make it easier to review comprehension skills.

Sunday, December 6, 2015


People of all ages love this story! Read it to your class and keep a little silver bell hidden in your pocket. When you read the words "bell" or "silver bell" give the little bell a shake. Give all of the kids a tiny silver jingle bell to ring the second time you read it! 

Kids and adults will take a ride on the Polar Express as they play these board games! There are 3 game boards that can be printed, glued to pieces of light cardboard and laminated for future use. Game boards have different questions. 

Can be printed in color or black and white. Good for small groups. Rotate the boards among the groups so that everyone can answer all the questions. 

Polar Express bookmarks and winner certificates are included. 

Have fun!