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Best Children’s Books About Arctic Animals

Check out the best children's books about arctic animals to read in the wintery, cold months. Fiction and nonfiction books that are sure to engage your students in fantastic stories from award-winning authors. These are the best picture books about arctic animals perfect for kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth and fifth grade students. Read some new books for your kids this winter for your arctic unit or polar unit! Lesson plans and activities also included that could be used in K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade!

What are some of the best children’s books about arctic animals? There are a ton of picture books about the arctic and polar regions both fiction and nonfiction. There are books about polar bears, penguins, wolves, and more! Check out these picture books about the arctic! If you’re a member of the Picture Book Brain Trust […]

Best Children’s Books About Elections and Voting

Looking for the best children's books about elections and voting? These fun books for elementary students are engaging for primary and upper elementary kids. Fiction and nonfiction books with lesson plans and activities linked. Books about elections, voting and presidents for your kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade students.

Check out some of the best children’s books about elections and voting! This list of the best picture books to read about elections, voting, U.S. Presidents and more are perfect for elementary students. A good mix of both fiction and nonfiction books to engage your students in learning about elections, presidents and the political process […]

How to Teach My Child to Read: Finding Time

How to teach my child to read. It's something many parents think about. Finding time to read with my child should be the first thing you do. Ideas for finding time and be efficient with your child whether you homeschool or just want to know: how to teach my child to read better. These ideas will help even busy families teach your child to love reading by finding the time to do it.

Finding time to read with your child can be difficult. If I were thinking about how to teach my child to read, finding the time is one of the first steps. In addition to being a certified teacher, I’m a parent also. I bet you’d think I wouldn’t struggle to find time to read with […]

Virtual Read Alouds with Google Slides

Check out these can't miss tips to get you started with virtual read alouds FREE and EASY! Distance learning has made us all turn to digital read alouds, and these ideas, lessons, lesson plans, and activities will make it easy for you. A free Google Slides resource with linked Google Docs comprehension journal response questions included to get you started! How to make virtual read alouds happen including the lesson, discussion questions and prompts. Free resource for Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade students!

Have you tried to do virtual read alouds? Maybe you’re doing virtual read alouds because of distance learning due coronavirus pandemic/ Covid-19. Perhaps you’re in the classroom and you’re trying to simplify your read alouds. Regardless of your situation, Google Classroom, Google Slides, and Google Docs can be powerful tools to make your life easier […]

Best Picture Books for Presidents Day

Looking for the best picture books for Presidents Day? These fun books for elementary students are engaging for primary and upper elementary kids. Fiction and nonfiction books with lesson plans and activities linked. Presidents Day books for your kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade students.

What are the best picture books for Presidents Day? It can be tough finding actual quality literature about the presidents. Are you tired of reading the same book about Presidents’ Day? Looking to find a replacement to that one book you always read about George Washington or Abraham Lincoln? This list of my favorite picture […]

Best Thanksgiving Picture Books for Elementary

Check out these fiction and non-fiction picture books for Thanksgiving. These books and lesson plans are full of activities and ideas to teach these mentor texts. Books just for fun and others to inform for Kinderarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade. These books for kids Kindergarten through upper elementary are perfect for your celebration!

Are you looking for great mentor texts to share and analyze with your students during the month of November for the holiday season? Unfortunately there are a great many picture books about Thanksgiving that are, by and large, sub-par. Here I talk about the best Thanksgiving picture books for elementary school students. *There are affiliate […]

11 New and Noteworthy Children’s Books About September 11

Check out these picture books about September 11 for kids. The best books with lessons and activities to help elementary students understand September 11th. This list of books about 9/11 will help you teach your first, second, third, fourth, fifth or sixth grade students about this event. Whether you teach 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th grade, these books and attached September 11th lessons for kids will make teaching easy!

Teaching the subject of September 11th can be tricky. It’s one of the most iconic events in recent American history, and there aren’t many picture books on the subject. Here I talk about my favorite children’s books about September 11 that will help your elementary students understand this important event in history. All of these […]

How to Use Google in Your Read Aloud Lesson Plans

Check out these ideas and tips on how to use the Google Suite of apps like Docs, Slides, and Forms to make easy read aloud lesson plans and work to become a paperless classroom. Simple and quick ideas plus a free resource to get you started!

Generally read alouds and technology have never really meshed. With the advent of distance learning or virtual learning as my district calls it, we’ve learned that they do indeed mesh. You read aloud a book. Maybe it’s an e-book that you might play on BookFlix or Youtube or the like. Or even more scarce in […]

At What Age Should Interactive Read Alouds Stop?

At what age should interactive read alouds stop? What grade level should you stop doing read alouds? The answer and reasons why inside!

Who doesn’t love interactive read alouds? Even as an adult I still read books aloud. I’m an admitted picture bookaholic, yes. But what about the rest of the world? At what age or grade level should interactive read alouds stop? While I was doing my student teaching, I split my days between a Kindergarten/1st grade […]