I love encouraging my students to explore a variety of genres, but sometimes that means I need to explicitly teach them about the genres first! These free genre posters are the perfect way to do just that!
Getting students to write about reading was a struggle for a LONG TIME! I tried all sorts of approaches, all types of reading response journals and notebooks, and yet it still felt so forced. This year, things have changed! It all started with the understanding that students need to be invested in order to engage. That’s when the idea of having students create their own
How should I organize my classroom library? It’s a question I am often asked, so let’s talk about it. We will dive into all of the following topics: bins vs. no bins leveling vs. non-leveling texts the do’s and don’t of organization how to fund your classroom library how to use your library space to engage your readers! The disclaimer I put out there before
I don’t know about you, but some years, books will sit on my shelves collecting dust unless I push them out for my students to see. However, sometimes even highlighting titles doesn’t help, because the book covers are outdated, or the books are worn. What’s a teacher to do? BOOK RECOMMENDATION BEGINNINGS This year I decided to start wrapping some of my favorite (but sadly
I have always struggled with spelling, and how to engage students in meaningful activities to practice their spelling words! I have tried just about everything under the sun, from rotating through teacher-selected word work centers, to a free choice spelling menu where students try to complete different activities throughout the week. Nothing seemed to work! The Problems With My Old Word Work Routines: When my
The end of the year can be an emotional time for our students. While many are excited for summer, most still don’t like change (I mean, most adults don’t either!) However, the end of a school year means that change is coming. We know that connecting through literature is great way to help students process their emotions. The end of the year is a critical time to
I am so excited to share some amazing picture book biographies to celebrate Women’s History Month. The books in this collection are some of my ALL TIME FAVORITE books to read aloud to my students. They share the inspiring stories of strong women who have helped pave the way for equal rights and status in society. From scientists to politicians, and gymnasts to activists, this comprehensive list will
Hi Friends! Today I want to take a look at one of my favorite Earth Day books, The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. This is the story of a city without any trees or plants. The illustrations paint a dark and dreary city landscape. A young boy, Liam, is one of the only citizens that venture out of doors. One day, Liam discovers a hidden
I’m looking ahead to March, which is Women’s History Month. I am excited to share one of my favorite biographies of a young female engineer, Margaret E. Knight (also known as Mattie.) Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor is an amazing story by Emily Arnold McCully. This book tells the story of Margaret E. Knight, the first woman to receive a U.S.
February is right around the corner, and it is full of really wonderful themes and holidays to play with. You have Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, 100th Day of School (for many of us!), President’s Day, and GROUNDHOG DAY! With so many wonderful holidays, I know that Groundhog Day might not be the first on everyone’s list. However, it is the first holiday in February,