Once Thanksgiving has passed, Christmas is probably on the mind of most of your students – I know it’s on mine! I love to bring Christmas into my classroom for my students, too. These are some of my favorite Christmas chapter books to either read aloud to my students or use in small groups leading up to Christmas break. You… Read More
When possible, I like to keep with themes and holidays for my reading groups. Since I teach 2nd grade, many of my students are reading chapter books. Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving chapter books to read with students. Throughout this post you can click on book covers to learn more about them. we are a participant in the… Read More
I’m popping in really quickly today to share a little freebie with you. Students always need reminders to use evidence from the text, so I thought I’d create some bookmarks that will help them. I hope you can use them, too! Click here to grab them!
By October, my students are getting much better at identifying character traits, so it’s a great time to take that one step further: comparing and contrasting two characters. One of my favorite picture books for modeling how to do this is The Pain and the Great One by Judy Blume: If you’re not familiar, it’s a funny look at sibling rivalry… Read More
Primary students can make incredible reading growth each year and I am always looking for a quick and easy way to track that growth. This is a simple form that works for me, so I thought I’d share the idea with you. It’s just a table I created to match the levels our testing kits assess. Incoming reading level… Read More
Just a couple of years ago, I had THAT kid in class. Do you know the kid I’m talking about? He wore the same scowling expression as Pete from The Juice Box Bully.He had me thinking about walking away from teaching. He brought me to tears in my classroom after the kids left each day (sometimes during recess breaks)…. Read More