Teach creatively…even with the textbook!

Textbook. The mere word can provoke eye rolls from both students and teachers. Textbooks are all too often synonymous with: -boring -busy work -answer-the-question-in-complete-sentences-or-else type assignments I agree that textbooks can sometimes be all of the above, but I’m here to tell you, they don’t have to be. Now, this is not a post about how much I love textbooks […]

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Common Core Ideas for The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

The Common Core Standards Initiative has identified several picture books to use as mentor texts for teaching common core standards in the classroom. I decided to start working on a product based on these books, and in doing so, I have been introduced to some excellent picture books! Here is a link to the list. It is sorted by grade level […]

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a love poem to…broccoli and more classroom valentine fun

Have you and your students discovered the poem “Homework, I Love You” by Kenn Nesbitt yet? If not, now is as good a time as ever. (Click the link above for the entire poem!) One of my favorite Valentine activities is to have students write their own version of this poem but with a twist. Before even introducing the poem, though, have […]

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