Read alouds are important for all levels of readers. It’s a great way to read books that are on grade level with teacher assistance. I have a great list of chapter books for second grade read aloud! Read alouds have numerous benefits for students and are an essential component of a comprehensive literacy program. Here […]

Disguise a Turkey Class Project

If only a turkey could talk..what would they say around this time of year? I’m sure we all know what they would say.  Try asking a kindergartener or first grader.  Even a second grader will make you laugh if you ask the same question.  That’s why I love this turkey project that I assign my […]

Sequence of Events with Snowmen at Night

I love pairing authentic read alouds with classroom lessons and activities. Using a read aloud where your learners can relate to the topic or excites them makes the introduction to the activity more engaging for everyone. One of my favorite winter books is Snowmen at Night. Of course, creating a sequence of events activity is […]

STEAM Halloween Art

Halloween makes for a crazy week of school.  Making learning fun (or just tossing out candy) is probably the only option for success. That is why I created a week of STEAM Halloween learning activities.  The perfect science, technology, engineering, art, and math are perfect for a sugar-filled week of learning. What is STEAM? STEAM […]

A Read Aloud Favorite

When I taught first grade over five years ago I began doing a version of close reads with my learners.  Close reading wasn’t “a thing” then, but I couldn’t stand spending so little time with some of my favorite texts with my learners.  I chose to spend a week focusing on a piece of quality […]

Importance of Thematic Units

It is so fun to look at all the adorable themes for little learners on Pinterest.  From apples and pumpkins to bugs and flowers, there are so many cute ideas for your students.   But, how can these “cute” thematic unit activities teach students what they need to learn in the classroom? What is a Thematic […]