Have You Read? Toys Meet Snow

Today I would like to introduce you to a great book for reading aloud to your students during the cold winter months…..Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins. A little girl goes away with her family on a winter vacation leaving three of her favorite toys at home.  Lumphy, a stuffed buffalo, Sting Ray, a plus stingray, and Plastic, a red rubber ball look out the window and discover that it is snowing.  The three friends decide to head outside to play.  The spend the day building a snowman, making snow angels, sledding, and discovering frozen ponds and icicles.  At the…

A Collection of Winter Mentor Text Lessons: Toys Meet Snow

The winter season with all it’s wonder and beauty is upon us.  I am excited to be teaming up with other teachers from the Reading Crew to share some of our favorite mentor text lessons for the season.  Mentor texts are one of the most valuable resources in my classroom because they highly engaging and can be used to teach a variety of skills.  Regardless of your curriculum needs, there is a mentor text available that your student’s are guaranteed to love. I have chosen to share with you one of my new winter favorites.  “Toys Meet Snow”, written by…

Valentine Exchange 2017

As of 9:00AM (CST) on January 3rd, sign-ups for this year’s exchange are closed.  The response has been amazing and I am excited for all classrooms that are participating.  Looking to add some fun to your classroom during the cold winter months?  Last month’s Gingerbread Exchange was such a success and I am looking forward to kicking of the third annual Valentine Exchange. The Gingerbread Man Exchange linked together 200 teachers and more than 3,000 students.  Here is a quick look at the Gingerbread Man exchange.  To see a full recap of the Gingerbread Man exchange, check out this POST.…

5 Creative Ways to Teach About Christmas Traditions Around the World

Whether your students celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Las Posadas, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, (or all of them!), they are always excited to learn about other countries and their holiday celebrations too!  In this post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome and engaging unit on Christmas Around the World!   My students have always loved learning about the holiday traditions and beliefs of other cultures!  This topic is filled with opportunities to ALSO teach about geography too!  Plus, it’s always great to expand your students’ horizons as they learn about other countries.  They will become more culturally…

5 Super Tips for Teaching a Nocturnal Animals Unit

Whether you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome & engaging unit! (PS. Be sure to pin it so you can find it later & share with your teacher-friends!) Let’s face it…kids love learning about animals! It’s something they are naturally curious about…so, any time we can take their excitement for animals and use it to incorporate learning about science, geography,…

It’s Back! 2016 Gingerbread Man Exchange

Sign-Ups for the 2016 Gingerbread Man Exchange have Closed Sign-Ups for the 2017 Valentine Exchange will open in early January! Thanks to everyone for making this year so much fun for the kids! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  The holiday season is my absolute favorite time of the year in an elementary classroom.  The joy in the children’s eyes is a daily reminder of why I became a teacher in the first place.   One of my favorite holiday activities during this time of the year is participating in a gingerbread man exchange with other classrooms from…

How to Use Interactive Read-Alouds to Transform Your Reading Class!

The science is settled when it comes to Interactive Read-Alouds. Not only do classroom teachers recognize that Interactive Read-Alouds are a powerful and engaging teaching tool, but the research indicates that they’re undeniably effective as well.  Need another reason to use Interactive Read-Alouds? They make lesson planning for your Reading Block time a breeze! In case you’re a little late to the party, here’s a simple explanation of what an Interactive Read-Aloud is: Interactive Read-Alouds make the most of read-aloud time by uniting the elements of comprehension, fluency, and standards in reading. They provide an easy way for teachers to…