The Snowy Day 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats is the perfect read-aloud for Kindergartners in January. They love following the little boy on his adventures through the city on a very snow day. If you haven't had a chance to read this Caldecott award winning story, you are … [Read more...] about The Snowy Day Read-Aloud for Kindergartners
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner is the perfect read-aloud for January. My class loved reading 'Snowmen at Christmas' in December so much, I just had to bring out 'Snowmen at Night' for January. This book sparks the students imagination as to why snowmen look … [Read more...] about Snowmen at Night Interactive Read-Aloud
Civil Rights & Black History Month Research for Grades 4-6 I am excited for school to resume in January so my class can experience these lesson plans! These lessons provide an engaging way for students to research four heroes from the Civil Rights Movement- Martin Luther … [Read more...] about Researching Civil Rights Heroes- Black History Month
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
Bear Snores On Interactive Read-Aloud for Kindergarten and 1st Grade I can't resist any of the Bear series by Karma Wilson. They are my go-to, favorite read-alouds. I enjoy noticing Wilson's ingenious craft and new details as much as my students. I chose "Bear Snores On" for … [Read more...] about Bear Snores On
Discussion Strategies that Increase Student Engagement Expressive and receptive language skills are arguably some of the most important skills that students will need in the real world. Every relationship and job requires strong communication skills involving speaking and … [Read more...] about Discussion Strategies and Accountable Talk in the Classroom
Morning meeting is an engaging way to start each day and an easy way to build a strong classroom community. Teachers and students sit in a circle for an organized start-of-day activity. A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and an … [Read more...] about Why is Morning Meeting Magical?
5 Upper-grade read-aloud stories with a focus on building character in the classroom! Our first bundle of upper grade read aloud lesson plans strategically align with book titles to help students build character while also focusing on ELA standards. We've selected five … [Read more...] about 5 Interactive Read-Alouds for Building Character
Do you teach morning meeting in your classroom? A morning meeting consists of 5 components: message, greeting, reading, sharing, and activity. It's a time set aside to have conversations with the class that you otherwise wouldn't have time for. It also allows for a time in the … [Read more...] about Student Led Morning Meeting
Impress your principal, parents, and even yourself as students engage in both fun and learning right up until the last bell rings before Winter Break with the 5 Day Classroom Countdown! All teachers know the last week before the winter break is difficult to fill. Students are … [Read more...] about 5 Day Classroom Countdown to Winter Break!
We've created a fresh, new (and educational!) way for students to learn about Thanksgiving! With these interactive lessons, students will engage in fun, hands-on activities that make the history of Thanksgiving come alive! 1st-3rd grade students will discover the history of … [Read more...] about Thanksgiving: Self-Directed Stations & Mini Lessons