Poem in Your Pocket Day

Free Printable Pocket Poems

Poem in Your Pocket Day is coming up on April 21. Do you celebrate? If not, you totally should! It’s such a fun way to get students reading and enjoying poems. Poem in Your Pocket Day was first celebrated in 2002 in New York City. It has grown to be a national celebration of poetry. In 2016, Poem in Your Pocket […]

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8 Interesting Facts About Dr. Seuss

  On March 2, 1904, Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in Massachusetts. You probably know him better as Dr. Seuss. In honor of his birthday today, here are some fascinating facts: Dr. Seuss was disappointed that the reading texts being used in schools were so boring. He knew he could write a more creative book using the same beginning words to help […]

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Why I ditched my prize box

As a beginning teacher, I knew that it is important to recognize and reward positive behavior, so I adopted a prize box for the same reason I added “Go to the principal’s office” as number 5 on my list of consequences, well, because that’s what my teachers did. Those first few years, I didn’t really put a ton of thought into developing […]

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Three Reasons to Set Up a Measurement Station

A measurement station in your classroom is a great way to provide regular hands-on experience doing math and science, not just reading about it. Here are some reasons you should consider setting one up: A Measurement Station Provides Hands-On Practice Reading about science tools and bubbling in answers is much different than measuring mass using a student balance and holding a one-gram […]

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Poem-tac-toe Freebie!

Teaching poetry with elementary students can be intimidating, but there are so many important skills that can be addressed. First and foremost, fluency! We all know that reading a text repeatedly can help build fluency. When I taught third grade, it was so hard to get them to read a text again. #thestruggleisrealyo That’s why poems are so great! They are fun, […]

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