Welcome to my blog! My name is Michael, and I have taught for eleven years, most recently in third grade. I've also taught second, fourth, and fifth graders. I am currently blogging and creating educational resources full time.

My wife is a teacher, too. She teaches kindergarten. We have three beautiful little girls at home who keep us laughing!

With The Thinker Builder blog, I hope to give elementary teachers fresh ideas and strategies to teach children. I hope to share my thinking with you, to help you strengthen your own and that of your students. I especially love reading and writing, and helping you build readers and writers who think boldly and deeply.

Besides blogging and creating resources, I also love playing family games with my wife and girls, iced coffee, the Cincinnati Bengals and Reds, playing golf with my dad, iced coffee (oh, did I mention that already), Lee Child books, fantasy football, and visiting teacher friends at school.

If you need to contact me please email me at michaelfriermood@gmail.com.




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  1. Wow! Your blog and your classroom are STUNNING! I love all your attention to detail and design. I am having major classroom envy, right now;-). Stoked I found your blog; thanks for sharing so many great ideas!


  2. Thank you Michael. Your blog is AMAZING! The way you immerse your students with literature is commendable. I will endeavour to introduce my students to 'OUR' Library next term. I have a similar love of books. Could you make a post about how you made the boxes you keep your series books in?


  3. I am an older teacher just beginning to start student teaching this August. I am about 30 minutes north of you and want to crash your party to see you in action! ;) I just want to let you know that I have been stalking your blog for the last year or so... Your ideas are mirrors of mine and you have really helped to solidify my beliefs and get an organized picture in my mind! I am preparing as much before hand as possible for when I land that teaching job... I like to be prepared. I have taught for 10 years in a very traditional Christian school setting and I CANNOT WAIT to get into a class and teach to my strengths and beliefs in education. Thanks sooooo much for your help! I've just been tentatively been working to organize my reading block...

    1. Congratulations, Angi Thanks for sharing--and good luck!!!

  4. Hi Michael, You have an amazing website (love the graphics too!) and fabulous resources! I have suggested your 5-part series on classroom libraries to so many teachers I work with that I thought I would finally say THANK YOU for such an awesome resource.

    1. Thank you so much, Meegan! I appreciate your feedback!

  5. Hi Michael,
    I have been teaching for over 20 years at 3rd grade. I'm always trying to keep it fresh and exciting for the kids and myself. Would you mind sharing your daily schedule. I've looked at your reading and writing block and I'm wondering how to fit it all in? I recently bought your top 3 list bundle and am excited to use it at the beginning of the day (something new and fresh). Do you bring science and social studies into your reading and writing block?

    1. Hi Lisa! I'm not currently in the classroom, but here is what my daily schedule looked like when I was:
      8:05 Morning Procedures
      8:20 Daily 5 & Guided Reading
      8:40 Whole Group Reading
      9:00 Daily 5 & Guided Reading
      9:20 Word Study
      9:35 Writing
      10:15 (Specials)
      11:05 (Recess)
      11:25 Word Work or Writing
      11:40 Lunch
      12:15 Daily 5 & Reading Interventions
      12:40 Content (Science or Social Studies*)
      1:15 Math
      2:25 Pack-up
      2:35 Dismissal
      *For content, we'd go back and forth: a science unit then a social studies unit, etc.
      I hope this helps!

  6. Hi there!
    I've been looking at your products on TPT and I'm really excited by what I see!

    I'll be teaching 4th grade this fall and am thinking of starting Daily 5. I'm wondering if you could suggest which of your products would be most helpful to use for the year. I'm pretty certain that the Writing Center Big Bundle would be great and I'm curious whether you use the Reader's Notebook during Daily 5 for students to respond to their personal reading. Also how/when do you use the Story Starter pictures/prompts? They look great but I'd love to know how they fit into classroom writing/Daily 5.

    Thanks so much for your time! I appreciate the care and detail that you put into your products and look forward to using them!


    1. Hi Irene,
      Well you nailed the three products I would suggest. For writing, I would use the writing centers and the story starters, back and forth week to week. But if I had to pick one of those resources, I'd go with the bundle of writing centers because there's so much variety. For reading, the reader's notebook response pages are hands down my most versatile and most used resource. I'd use them a lot in guided reading groups, but also with book club groups and individual tasks to keep accountability.
      Hope that helps!

  7. Came across your blog while researching anchor charts and you are my hero. I'm back in third after a few years in K, and the post-Common Core third grade is KILLING ME (lol). I have added your blog to my favorites bar to come back & check out further. Thank you SO much for helping my spatially-challenged brain understand anchor charts.


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