Martin Luther King Jr. Interactive Read-aloud and Lessons We wanted to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. this month during our read-aloud time so we picked an old favorite: Martin's Big Words. We wanted this to be a meaningful read-aloud for the students so we wrote some deep … [Read more...] about Martin’s Big Words Read-Aloud
Halloween: Then & Now As always, we try to maintain our focus to engage students in educational activities, even (and maybe especially) for the holidays. Halloween is no exception! Read more on our "fun and learning" focus here... All teachers know that Halloween is … [Read more...] about Can I Turn Halloween into Something Educational?
Hatching Monarch Butterflies in the Classroom In first grade we learn all about life cycles. We will incubate chicken eggs and wait 21 days for them to hatch as we learn about the life cycle of chickens. We will explore the life cycle of plants while we grow, pollinate, and … [Read more...] about Life Cycle of a Monarch Butterfly
How do teachers find time in their day to teach everything? This is the timeless question that all teachers ask themselves on a daily basis. The answer is to integrate, integrate, integrate! Sure, sure... everyone has heard this answer before. But, this time we … [Read more...] about Teach Rocks with Integrated Reading, Writing, and Science Pack
This strategy teaches even our youngest writers to take notes and write about text. You will be blown away at the writing your students will produce after a couple of taking notes lessons. I like to use differentiated printable books so all students can easily read the text and … [Read more...] about Taking Notes Without Copying