Let Special Songs Continue to Tell Important Stories

Welcome Friends!

Today's post was written in honor of the diverse group of children I teach.  

It includes lyrics and video clips for the musical anthems that have provided the uplifting soundtrack to my own life, and will hopefully inspire theirs.

Search #kindnessnation and #weholdthesetruths on Teacher's Pay Teachers to find resources that support classroom lessons promoting unity, tolerance, diversity, respect, kindness, and community.

Mentor Text Lessons to Warm Up Your Winter

Welcome Friends!

Thanks so much for stopping by on your way through The Reading Crew's blog hop! We hope you'll enjoy the ideas and resources we've shared in celebration of the arrival of 2017!  May they warm up your reading plans this winter!

Primary grade students will love comparing and contrasting their life today to that of pioneer children using Winter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder as a mentor text.


Welcome friends!

It's Secret Santa time at my school and I've scoured Pinterest for gifts that were either simple to make or easy and inexpensive to buy!  Hopefully you'll be able to use some of them to surprise your family, colleagues, friends, and neighbors as we countdown to Christmas!

Working smarter, not harder is my motto! Many of these ideas are easy to make while you are watching your favorite holiday movie!

Are you looking for simple gifts that are easy to buy or make? December is a hectic month for teachers so check out this great list of ideas that will make your holiday shopping less time-consuming and a whole lot easier!

Build Your Big Book Library!

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Thanks for joining me and three blogger buddies from I Teach K-2 for some giveaway fun!  We've rounded up some fabulous titles that primary grade students are sure to love reading again and again! 

Don't miss the opportunity to win six great Big Books! Enter the I Teach K-2 Giveaway from Dec. 11-Dec.16, 2016!

Building Classroom Community with Kindness Elves

Hello again!

Know that I am revising this post from last November between a bites of leftover pumpkin pie!  You are allowed to enjoy dessert as a meal while on  holiday break, you know!  May you count the many blessings in your life on this day and always!

As I was perusing Pinterest last year for holiday activity and lesson ideas, I came upon this post from Erica Bohrer over at Erica's Ed-Ventures that struck a strong chord.  Her idea of introducing "Classroom Kindness Elves" instead of the ever-popular Elf on the Shelf  is a good one, for many reasons.  Mainly though, it promotes not only the importance of compassion, tolerance, empathy, and caring, but teaches students the value of doing good deeds for others.  It also promotes a classroom atmosphere of positivity, collaboration and community.

Introduce Kindness Elves to your primary grade students to promote a classroom atmosphere of collaboration and community this holiday season!

Tis the Season to Solve Holiday Riddles!

Greetings of the season my friends!

It's my second day of  "staying away from the shopping fray" so I thought I'd recycle this blog post from two years ago and share some holiday humor along with one of my favorite December holiday resources!

Students will love using picture clues and riddles to solve the literacy and logic puzzlers in this holiday activity pack! They will also enjoy reading and writing their own festive riddles for friends to solve!