HAPPY SPRING! Welcome to the  Spring Blooming Readers Linky! This blog hop features creative posts and  resource freebies from members of  The Reading Crew   !   We have collaborated this month to bring you some of our best literacy tips for your  teaching your favorite skills. ...
Comparing and contrasting across texts is an important skill for our students. In this post, you'll find ideas for teaching compare and contrast using the book, Tops and Bottoms. I just love this tale, and my students do too. It's the perfect mentor text. ...
"Soup is good food," my friends.... For me, it brings warmth, comfort, and flashbacks to many childhood meals. Bean soup with corn muffins made by my mother.  Pasta Fagioli with lots of parmesan cheese on top made by my grandmother. Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches made by my father.   Soup is easy to make.   Soup smells delicious and triggers happy memories. Soup soothes a stressed soul, a crowded mind, and a tired body.   Soup can be shared by many. As the Campbell's commercial used to remind us.... "Soup is "Mmm!  Mmm!  Good!" For these reasons and more, soup makes a great staff luncheon choice when your colleagues need a big  morale boost!  Read on to find fun ideas on how to host one! ...
Greetings of the season my friends! This post is an updated one that I actually wrote three years ago in December as the sun rose over Bonita Beach in southwest Florida.....a place that my own family has called "home" for the holidays for eighteen years now. Many of my siblings wake up slowly each morning when we gather there, warming their hands around a mug of coffee or cocoa, with books open on their laps.  We were fortunate to be "raised as readers" by our Mom and Dad, and I am here today to share a creative way to help other teachers and parents encourage children to make time to honor and enjoy reading magic at home! Today's idea was inspired by a unique Nordic picture book and an Icelandic tradition that I recently learned about!  I hope that you'll find that it is an easy one to adapt for use at home during this holiday, and then implement in your classroom either before or after your winter break! HOW TO HOST A BOOK FLOOD! ...
Hello Friends and Fans of  The Reading Crew! Thanks for joining us this month as we share books that celebrate diversity! It is so important to use mentor texts that depict a wide range of cultures and experiences in our literacy lessons~ One Green Apple by Eve Bunting is one of my favorites for fall.  It tells the story of a young Muslim girl and her first trip to an apple orchard. ...