I love book clubs and I love when students are reading the same book. But we do not have the time to do book clubs all the time and plus I know kids get tired of having an assigned reading. Due to both of these things I decided to start friendly reads! So, what is a friendly read?Friendly Reads are the new type of book club. They are a book club that will motivate even your most reluctant readers to want to read new novels.Students are externally motivated by their friends and their peers. ... Read More about The Power of a Friendly Read
We LOVE read aloud in third grade! I love reading aloud just for enjoyment and I also love completing novel studies with my students.So, what is the difference of a plain read aloud and a novel studies?Well, we do a read aloud every single day. For a read aloud I read to the students and ask questions for discussion throughout the book. But we do nothing with the book. No graphic organizers, no tests, no nothing! We just read for enjoyment and discussion.For a novel study, we all have a copy of ... Read More about 10 Memorable Read Aloud Novels
Every year we teach the Iditarod to our students. They LOVE it! It is so much fun teaching them something they have never heard about, their engagement is so high! On the first day, I decorate the classroom in lots of snow! I buy cheap snow packs when they go on sale after Christmas. Then, I pretty much just put in everywhere! I also try to make sure that I have some sort of "Igloo". You can make that Igloo with milk jugs or you can throw some snow around your reading ... Read More about The Iditarod in the Classroom
We LOVE Polar Express Day in our classroom. Even in upper elementary you can take this week and engage your students in rigorous content! Setting Up for the Week You don't have to decorate your classroom to make this week memorable, but it doesn't hurt! First, I set up a train in my classroom. All I did was put my tables in a long row and line my table with black paper. Then, I cut out a red and yellow circle and a black steam/smoker! Then, you have to tape it to a ruler unless you ... Read More about Polar Express Day
This is the easiest Christmas Tree you will ever make! All you have to do is give your students one square green piece of paper. Make sure it is square! 12 x 12 would be best! Then, they fold in half and cut until they have 4 triangles! When they are one they glue the triangles from greatest to least! After that you can decorate! (feel free to just show them the video to do it in your classroom) Academic ways to use this: 1. Have the students write a vocabulary word from the Polar Express ... Read More about A Quick and Easy Christmas Tree!