Grade me tips

Teach apostrophe usage with a strong visual.

We like this one from Write On, Fourth Grade!

Use paint chips to inspire sensory poetry.

Let color work its inspiration for your fourth-grade poets. —Fabulous in Fifth. Check out other educational uses for paint chips here!

Incorporate daily writing prompts.

We’ve gathered 50 writing prompts that you can download and use to have your fourth graders practice their writing skills.

Use the walls for anchor charts instead of premade posters.

You can check out our  top 4th grade anchor charts  for inspiration here.

Keep paperwork organized with labeled, three-drawer bins.

Source: Learning to Teach No more messy piles everywhere. Hurrah! For more organization tips, read 10 Teaching Hacks That Make You Go Duh!

When it comes to decorating your classroom, less is more.

Anyone teaching 1st grade is going to have the urge to decorate, but check out these HELPLINE readers’ thoughts on why simplicity rules. “I have learned to start with a blank slate and let the students ‘decorate’ the classroom through the year with their work.” —Sarah H. “I made the mistake of covering every wall with decor and then had nowhere for anchor charts!” —Ann M. “You will see people go overboard with themes. Don’t bother! I saw the cutest classroom where the teacher had bought a pack of plain borders with various colors, and she just alternated the colors on the wall with alternating butcher paper. Go simple.” —Suzanne H. Check out our minimalist guide to classroom design.

Take a field trip!

There’s something about the first grade field trip that’s so special. We’ve rounded up our favorite first grade field trips that students will remember forever.

Look for resources from an old friend.

Check out these awesome lesson plans for science in the kitchen, on the playground, and throughout the day from PBS Kids.

Replace Invisible Characters and Formatting.

Find and Replace feature in Word is a lifesaver. It helps you make quick changes without having to peck and hunt for every instance you need to be changed. Besides, you can use the Find and Replace for hidden characters in your document. To find and replace special characters in a document, follow these steps;

  • From the Home tab, in the Editing group, select Replace.
  • Click More >> button
  • Select the Special button, and choose the unique character you want to find and replace.
  • Position the cursor in the Replace with textbox.
  • From the Special button, select the Special character you want to add to the Replace with textbox. Note: You can add more than one particular character to the text box.
  • Ensure all that All option is selected from the Search list box. However, if you want to limit the search text after or before the insertion pointer, select Up or Down options from the Search box.
  • Once done, you can do the following:
  • Confirm each replacement on a one-by-one basis, by using Find Next. Then click Replace to replace the text or Find Next to skip to the next search occurrence. Or
  • Replace all events by clicking Replace All.
  • Once the replace session is completed, a dialog box with how many replacements done will pop up. Click Ok to close the dialog box
  • Click close to end the session.

Microsoft Word Tricks and Tips-Show Hidden Characters

Working on a complex with different columns, styles, and formats; editing can be a tedious exercise. To see what’s going while formatting your document, it’s advisable you make all the invisible marks, including spaces, hard returns, tabs, and soft returns visible. In Windows, you can achieve this by pressing Ctrl + Shift-8; for Mac, use Command-8.

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