Top 5 Back to School Reads

First Day Jitters  By: Julie Danneberg This is a great book for reminding your students that they are not the only ones who might feel nervous about starting a new school year. The book doesn’t show you who has back to school jitters until the very last page when you find out that Sarah Hartwell…

Wish We Were Wearing: Summer

Summer - every teacher's favourite season. Most people believe that teachers spend all summer on a patio, at a cottage, travelling or on the beach. This is just not the case! Almost every teacher I know spends the summer working, taking courses, applying for jobs and preparing for next year! On those rare occasions that…

Collaborative Art for the Win!

My class last year was an interesting one! It was a challenge for sure, but the best projects I did were collaborative ones. My students loved creating this project which was inspired by this project I found on Pinterest (of course). My kiddos were super into it and so motivated to put in their best…

This Week In Our Classroom: Halloween

It doesn't seem to matter what grade I teach - Halloween takes over our lives. Between the candy, costumes, decorations and special school events - my students could not contain their excitement. Our school had our Fall Dance the week before Halloween - which meant that I was really struggling to find a way to…

Guided Drawing: Underrated Art Lessons

When it comes to art I am a work in progress. There are certain art lessons that I love to work through with my students that can take days and days and are super fun, but sometimes you need a little lesson to get you through a 40 minute art period or you want to…

Book Review: Fall Mixed Up and The Ghost Eye Tree

Fall lends itself so well to all kinds of writing. We celebrate lots of fun, not religious holidays that the kids are VERY invested in so it's easy to convince them to write about some of their favorite things. Two books we've read this fall that inspired some super interesting writing are Fall Mixed Up…

Lesson Plan: Oh My Gourd! Science Investigation

This lesson was originally created as a quest on Classcraft for my students (see our review here!). That is why the instructions are worded so that they sound a bit like an adventure. I am using this as a Grade 6 Classification Project, in our Biodiversity unit. Curriculum Connections: Science 2. investigate the characteristics of…