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Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences with a Freebie

5 Tips for Parent Teacher Conferences

It’s that time of year again,  Parent-teacher conferences!  Now, I know that some teachers dread parent-teacher conferences. I am not one of them.  I enjoy (most) of my parent-teacher conferences, so I thought I would share some tips to help YOU enjoy them a little more!  Click the read more button to read on! 1. Entertain the Siblings! It is inevitable that parents will need to bring their children to conferences.  Sometimes it just can’t be helped.  Make sure that you have some items where the kiddos can entertain themselves while you are conferencing.  I put out a box of books, a few

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Teacher Bullet Journal: My teacher planner

My Bullet Journal: One planner does it all (almost)!

I, like you, wear many hats in a day.  I am a wife, a mother (of a teen and a tween), a teacher, a union discussion representative, a blogger, and a teacherprenuer!  Phew!  Seeing it all written out like (and the list isn’t totally complete) makes me tired.  I have to keep up with it all somehow!  That is why the word teacher is in quotes.  This is about my bullet journal. It helps me Keep it All together in one spot!  Before I go on, I have to caveat a little…I do NOT lesson plan in my bullet journal.

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Building Reading Stamina

Building Reading Stamina

Building Reading Stamina is something that we start on our very first day back to school.  Until our reading stamina is built, a lot of my lessons are on hold!  I use a version of Daily 5 in my classroom, so I always go back and reread the book before school starts. We start slowly, just three minutes to begin.  One of the best ways to help my students build their reading stamina is to help them have a plan for their reading time. So, how do I go about building reading stamina with my second graders?  Read on! This post

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Valentine's Day gift idea for my students!

Valentine’s Day Gift Idea for my students! With a Cootie Catcher Freebie!

I LOVE Valentine’s Day.  But, if your school is anything like mine, there isn’t a lot of time for Valentine’s Day! I have a fun Valentine’s Day Gift Idea that you can incorporate right into your Writer’s Workshop or Writing Center for the big day! So, without further ado… This year for Valentine’s Day, I got my kiddos: Fun blank books I found in the Dollar Spot at Target!  Fun Scentos Pens that I found at Meijer, and a fun Valentine’s Day themed Writing Prompt Cootie Catcher! Each section of the cootie catcher has a different story element for your

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Dinosaur Read aloud

Book Talk Tuesday with a Creative Writing Freebie! What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night

“It usually starts with a mess you can’t explain…” This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase (with no extra cost to you). For more information about my Disclosure Policy, please visit this link! Oh my goodness!What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe and Susan Toma is one of my new faves! This book is very near and dear to my heart.A few years ago I had a little girl in my class who knew in her heart of hearts that her toys

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My favorite children's book ever!

Special Book Talk Tuesday: My FAVORITE Children’s Book!

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for visiting me again. This is a special Book Talk Tuesday Post for me. It’s about my FAVORITE children’s book of ALL TIME!I know, you are thinking “How in the world do you choose?  There are so many great books out there?”  But, this one is special. Mrs. Beggs and the Wizard by Mercer Mayer has been my favorite since I was a little girl. When I was in college, I discovered it again at a Half-Price Bookstore.  It was the first children’s book that I bought for my future classroom. Every time I

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Story map

Book Talk Tuesday: Reading, and Science and Magic! Oh my! Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows.

Hello again!  Welcome to another Book Talk Tuesday! Today I am going to be talking about a fun new book called: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows written by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsey!     Wow!  Is this a fun book!  It has everything: Magic, Science, adventure, experiments, and more! This is an adorable story of a little girl who discovers that her mom has been helping magical creatures since she was little.  Mom needs to go on a business trip and leaves Zoey in charge to help any creatures that may show up needing help!  With the

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Ideas are all around

Book Talk Tuesday: Ideas are All Around by Philip C. Stead

It’s Book Talk Tuesday! My favorite day of the week!Today I want to talk to you about:   Ideas are All Around by Philip C. Stead!   My kiddos loved this book!  They thought that the combination of illustrations and photographs was really neat!  They loved the cloud pics! The main character is an author who has to write a story, but is out of ideas, so he goes for a walk with his dog Wednesday.  They have some fun adventures, conversations, and thoughts on their walk through their neighborhood. It is a great book for talking about where ideas

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Alphabet Book Read Aloud

Once Upon an Alphabet! Another Book Talk Tuesday (with a freebie of course!)

Welcome back to another Book Talk Tuesday! This week, I am talking about an Alphabet book! Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers!This book is a fun way to get your kiddo writing their own alphabet stories!   I LOVE this book!  It has a short story for each letter of the alphabet! They are fun, silly, and sure to spark the interest of your students!   I have to say, I am so excited about finding book trailers on You Tube!  Isn’t that awesome? Book trailers! (Maybe I am seriously behind the times, but I love them!)   As

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Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) Book Talk Tuesday

This week I am talking about Snappsy the Alligator!  (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) by Julie Falatko. This is a hysterical story about, you guessed it, Snappsy!  Of course, there will be a free Reading Response at the end! My kiddos LOVED this book!  Poor Snappsy didn’t want to be in this book, yet and annoying narrator is following him around describing his every step!  I love it that you can find some book trailers on Youtube!   Here is the one for poor Snappsy. He doesn’t eat small woodland creatures, he goes to the grocery store!  It’s

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Book Talk Tuesday: Shy with a Free Reading Response

Welcome to another Book Talk Tuesday!  I am so glad that you stopped by! This week I want to talk about Shy by Deborah Freedman.  I found this book in a list of the best books of last year by the Nerdy Book Club!   You can find their post about this lovely book HERE. So, without further ado: Oh my goodness!  This is an absolutely beautiful book!  The illustrations are gorgeous. This is a book about Shy, who is, as you can probably guess…shy. He prefers to live between the pages of a book.  His favorite books are the

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Book Talk Tuesday: They all Saw a Cat

Welcome back to another Book Talk Tuesday!Today I want to talk about a wonderful book called: They All Saw Cat by Brendan Wenzel.  Hang in there!  I have a little freebie for you at the end! 🙂 This lovely little book is all about perspective!  As you go through the pages, the cat doesn’t change, you just get to see the cat from the eyes of the other characters in the story. This book is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of perspective to your students.  Each character in the story who sees the cat sees him from their

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