Best Halloween Books for Kids

There's nothing I like better than a good themed read aloud, and Halloween is definitely the best! It's is such a fun holiday for teachers, there's tons of great and easy ways to connect it to the language arts, math and even science and best of all almost every kid will celebrate regardless of religion…

Top 5 (+1) Back to School Reads

First Day Jitters (Pb) 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…

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…

Review: IQ A Practical Guide to Inquiry Based Learning by Jennifer Watt and Jill Colyer

All around education; the buzz word 'inquiry' pops up. Inquiry based learning, Inquiry questions, Inquiry projects - but it is hard to know where to start, what it means and how to assess these projects. This book has been so, so helpful. "Inquiry-based learning is a process used to solve problems, create new knowledge, resolve…

This week in our Classrooms: Reading Non-Fiction

There is SO MUCH learning to be had from books and reading - and in our tech crazy world, sometimes we forget that. We've all had students who would only read non-fiction for a project or paper. There have been students who would refuse or groan at the idea of reading non-fiction, but sometimes (if…

5 Great Read Alouds for Middle School

I am a big proponent for reading aloud to kids of all ages and stages. Read aloud's allow students to access texts that otherwise might be too advanced for them and encourages them to pick up new types and genres. It allows them to hear how a fluent reader reads, and is just a really…