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 However, sometimes even highlighting titles doesn’t help, because the book covers are outdated, or the books are worn.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
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,
Most of you know that I am obsessed with books! This month I want to take a closer look at the book My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Christine King Farris. Let me just start by saying how much I LOVE this book! It is different from most of the biographies my students have
Looking for the perfect Thanksgiving Read Aloud and maybe a fun (and FREE) activity to accompany it? Well look no further! Today I’m taking a look at an engaging picture book biography that showcases all things STEM, promotes a growth mindset, and can easily tap into your Social Studies mapping curriculum! (I told you it was perfect!) I was born on Thanksgiving, so I may
A few weeks ago, I posted about my favorite Back To School Read Alouds. Today I wanted to expand on that post share how I use read alouds in the classroom to build community throughout the year. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE read alouds! I loved them when I taught first and third grade, and I still do in second. Why? Well, I
I have been unpacking my new classroom for the past two weeks, which has been very overwhelming, but also very exciting! I love looking at a new space and seeing nothing but possibility. It’s been physically exhausting, but I’m starting to see progress. While the school is locked, I have been prepping what I can at home (laminating and cutting in from to the T.V.