Why is reading fluency important? Have you ever tried to learn to play an instrument?  If so, think about those early days of learning the instrument.  I can remember my days in middle school band.  Each note was a struggle!  If I was lucky enough to recognize the note at first glance, then came the struggle of how to hold my lips and which keys should be held down,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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