Hi Friends! Today I want to take a look at one of my favorite Earth Day books, The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. This is the story of a city without any trees or plants. The illustrations paint a dark and dreary city landscape. A young boy, Liam, is one of the only citizens that venture out of doors. One day, Liam discovers a hidden
I’m looking ahead to March, which is Women’s History Month. I am excited to share one of my favorite biographies of a young female engineer, Margaret E. Knight (also known as Mattie.) Marvelous Mattie: How Margaret E. Knight Became an Inventor is an amazing story by Emily Arnold McCully. This book tells the story of Margaret E. Knight, the first woman to receive a U.S.
February is right around the corner, and it is full of really wonderful themes and holidays to play with. You have Valentine’s Day, Black History Month, 100th Day of School (for many of us!), President’s Day, and GROUNDHOG DAY! With so many wonderful holidays, I know that Groundhog Day might not be the first on everyone’s list. However, it is the first holiday in February,
Most of you know that I am obsessed with books! This month I want to take a closer look at the book My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Christine King Farris. Let me just start by saying how much I LOVE this book! It is different from most of the biographies my students have
A few weeks ago, I posted about my favorite Back To School Read Alouds. Today I wanted to expand on that post share how I use read alouds in the classroom to build community throughout the year. I don’t know about you, but I LOVE read alouds! I loved them when I taught first and third grade, and I still do in second. Why? Well, I
Finding a format for your literacy centers can be a tricky task. It’s important to have routine, but it should be individualized to meet your scheduling needs and the academic needs of your students. For my classroom, I really wanted an “buffet” of options that I could choose from to best meet the needs of my students. Here are some of my favorite centers, all