6 Reasons to Read Aloud to Your Students EVERYDAY!

Welcome to Part 1 in my series “Read Alouds are Awesome” (as sung to the Lego Movie theme song.) Here’s a simile for all you teachers out there: Reading aloud is like flossing. You know you should do it every day because it has long term benefits. You feel really good about it when you do it. But sometimes it’s late, […]

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6 fun back to school books for third graders

It’s that time of the year when teachers start raiding the dollar bins at Target and grabbing piles of cheap Wal-Mart notebooks. Ahhh. Back to school. One of my favorite parts of back to school is getting a whole new class to read my favorite books to. Here are my favorite books for the beginning of the school year: A […]

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midweek list: picture books about the Underground Railroad

There are many topics in our history that are difficult to talk about with children. Slavery and the Underground Railroad being two. That’s not to say they shouldn’t be discussed. They need to be discussed, absolutely, and students need to know about all parts of history, even parts that aren’t so nice. When there are topics like this, where I […]

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midweek list: a very Patricia Polacco Christmas

I was never good at all of the cute holiday crafts in my classroom, but one thing I loved about December is the assortment of holiday books to read aloud and enjoy with my students. I tried to read at least one a day. Patricia Polacco is one of my favorite authors for children. Her books are just so real, […]

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my most favorite read alouds ever…for third graders!

One of my favorite parts of the day is read aloud time. I made time for it no matter what. I read lots of books each year and would change them up from year to year depending on my class. These books, however, usually made it into the lineup every year. I love each of these books, and they were […]

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