Books for Earth Day- Top Picks

Being a book girl, you know I love pairing great literature with our themes.  Here are my top picks of Earth Day favorites. I love the book The Wump World by Bill Peet.  The little Wumps are so cute, and it has such a great message.  The kids always seem to make great connections to […]

Stone Soup!

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This was a really fun week for me at school. My class did a little ELA unit using the story Stone Soup. I used the Reading A-Z version for the students, and then read aloud the classic Marcia Brown version. We compared and contrasted the folktales with an anchor chart: For writing, I used this […]

The Gingerbread Man: LOOSE in the SCHOOL!!!

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 OH NO!  The Gingerbread Man is LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL!!! Not, really, he is just looking for the kids that made him. The Gingerbread Man – Loose in the School by Laura Murray is a terrific book for the beginning of the year, or anytime you want to add a little gingery fun to your […]

Bully- A Great Book About Bullying

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This week I wanted to share another nearly wordless book that speaks volumes. Has anyone read the book Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seegar? If not, you need to put it on your back to school shopping list!!  It is such a great book for teaching about bullies and how the things people say can be […]

Bugs in My Hair! If you can’t beat them, TEACH them, right?

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Thanks to Deanna for another week of great books! BUGS IN MY HAIR!!!! First off, I want to say that I love David Shannon. I just love his style of illustrating. In his new book, Shannon  covers a topic that people don’t generally think of happily- HEAD LICE!! Yes.  That is what I said. A […]

Close Reading With Wordless Books

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Thanks to Deanna for hosting a linky about my most favorite things- BOOKS! Can you do a close reading with a (nearly) wordless book?  YES!  You CAN!  I am a HUGE fan of David Wiesner’s books and was super thrilled when his latest book, Mr. Wuffles!  won the Caldecott Medal of Honor this year. His […]

Picture Perfect Read Aloud!

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Last week we had our class pictures. I love class pictures and proudly have 21 of them saved from over the years.  My school does a great job of organizing things and we are in and out pretty quickly. PLUS…. I get to read one of my ALL TIME favorite read aloud stories. I don’t […]