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The Jelly Donut Difference: Picture Book Lesson

How do you use picture books in your classroom? I use them for a variety of reasons, including teaching some important life skills and lessons. Maria Dismondy is an amazing author that writes children’s literature that focuses on making a difference in the lives of our students. This includes her

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Having Fun with Figurative Language

Teaching about figurative language can be difficult and boring! Teachers… it doesn’t have to be this way! In the past few years I have grown to love teaching about figurative language and poetry. Now I find that my students LOVE learning about all of it too! Keep on reading to

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Teaching About the Solar System

Do you cover the Solar System in science? It is one of my favorite units to teach because the kids are so curious and intrigued by everything beyond our Earth! This post is full of ideas, books, resources, videos and even a FREEBIE to help you teach all about the

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How to Love Book Clubs

Have you tried using book clubs (also known as literature circles) in your classroom? Book clubs have been present in my classroom for the past three years and they are still my favorite part of my day! Keep on reading to find out some tips and tricks for using book

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Making Salt Dough Ornaments

These ornaments were a total hit with my students this year! Easy to make, only a few ingredients and no need to bake them! Keep on reading to find out how you can make these festive Christmas Trees in your classroom. To start off, I recommend making all of the

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5 Must Do Activities for the First Week of School

The beginning of the year is just around the corner! Classroom decorating and organizing are soon to be in full effect. Teachers everywhere are starting to write their lesson plans for the first week of school. Here are five MUST DO’S during the first week of school. They are sure

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