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…

Lesson Plan: Global Goals, Opinion Writing

“In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.” This writing activity is based on the Global Goals that have been set out by the United Nations. Last week was Global…

Lesson Plan: No Fear Shakespeare

I used the No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novel to teach Romeo and Juliet to my Grade 8 class. I found this version to be accessible for all of my students - written with more common language, and with pictures. I started my unit with a fun exploration of Shakespeare, plays in general, Romeo and Juliet in particular and…