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Favorite Read Alouds for the First Week of School

I always say that it takes two weeks for everyone to get settled in at the beginning of school. Routines are established, schedules are in place, students and teachers are settled in. I think we are now reaching that point, and now we are ready for a year of learning!

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Hot Air Balloon Bulletin Board

This past month has been a whirlwind! Between my dad spending an extended time in the hospital, vacation to Disney World, softball games, and preparing for our state test,  this little blog had to be put on the back burner for a while. Now that I have a chance to

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Mitten Art

I love art doing art projects with my class, and although we don’t have an art teacher or a set time to do art, sometimes I just have to take some time out to let the kiddos enjoy making and creating. That is exactly what we did with this mitten

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Cause and Effect and Free Graphic Organizer

In my last post I shared a list of picture books that are perfect for teaching cause and effect.  Today, I want to share with you the books that I chose to use with my class.  I used Spiders by Seymour Simon to model locating cause and effect in the

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picture books to teach cause and effect

5 Wonderful Picture Books to Teach Cause and Effect

Picture Books to Teach Cause and Effect Fourth graders often struggle with cause and effect situations. Using picture books or mentor text is a great way to help students grasp this reading skill. I want to share some of my favorite picture books to teach cause and effect.    Cause

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A No Prep Lesson: Making Teaching Easier, Not Harder

My school year is now rolling full speed ahead! I always look forward to the feeling that I have when it seems that the students and I are in a routine:  beginning of the year routines are established, the kiddos know and understand my expectations, and daily routines are in

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Bulletin Boards Around My School

I love a cute bulletin board!  It can add so much color, creativity, and interest to a hallway or a classroom!  This year at my school, one of my teacher friends has really outdone herself on her bulleting boards!  The has created some super cute bulletin boards inspired by Pinterest (of

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