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20 Greatest Children’s Books About Perseverance And Grit

Looking for the best children's books about grit and resilience? These fun grit books for elementary students are engaging for primary and upper elementary kids. Fiction and nonfiction books with lesson plans and activities linked. Books on grit for kids about persistence for your kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade students. Your students will delight in these classic and brand new books!

Looking for the greatest children’s books about perseverance and grit? Look no further! I’ve read hundreds of picture books about perseverance, grit and stick-to-it-iveness, and these are the best ones. You can effectively teach perseverance to your elementary students stress-free with these books! This is a great mix of true stories, realistic fiction and fantasy […]

Best Veterans Day Picture Books for Elementary

Check out these fiction and non-fiction picture books for Veterans Day or Memorial Day. 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 Remembrance Day! Books about poppies, World War I, the Vietnam War, and books to help students understand Veteran's Day and their experience as soldiers.

Are you looking for great mentor texts to share and analyze with your students about veterans, soldiers or celebrating military service? It can be hard finding the best Veterans Day picture books for elementary students without doing a good amount of searching. Picture books are the best way to quickly teach your students something, far […]

Tips for Dictado in Elementary

Check out these tips for Spanish dictations for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade. Strategies for your dictation writing activities practice connected to mentor texts. Plus a free dictado resource! Echa un vistazo a estas ideas para dictados para primaria (kinder, primero, segundo, tercero, cuarto o quinto grado). Estrategias para un dictado semanal que se hace a diario para el ano entero. Dictados conectados a libros mentores y un recurso GRATIS.

Just about anyone you talk to in bilingual education whether it’s bilingual, dual language, dual immersion, etc., agree that dictado is a powerful way of teaching Spanish language. It can teach language structures, grammar, vocabulary, spelling, and can be used to contrast with English. It can be tricky to do in the younger grades. Dictado […]

26 Best New and Noteworthy Books for Back to School Read Alouds

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Check out these 20 elementary read alouds for back to school! These fun activities are your survival kit perfect for Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. TIps and ideas to help you hack classroom management and build community while covering standards!

What Are The Best Earth Day Books For Elementary?

Check out these Earth Day books for elementary students. Earth Day activities and ideas for the picture books for Kindergarten, first, second, third, fourth or fifth grade. Poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction books for kids to teach about environmental science. Great books for for K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th grade.

It’s always a good day to teach your students about environmental awareness, not just Earth Day. There are SO MANY great books out there to teach your students about conservation and protecting our planet. When I first started teaching, it seemed like every teacher knew really good books to read for every holiday, while I […]

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Teaching With Picture Books

You should be teaching with picture books instead of chapter books. But why? For one, picture books are more complex than chapter books. Read on to find out more and when chapter books fit in to teaching.

Picture books have gotten a bad rap over the years. Teachers, parents and students alike think that picture books are what you should be reading to your students until they can read by themselves and then they should be reading chapter books. THEY ARE DEAD WRONG! I’m here to tell you though: you should be […]

Using Mentor Texts in Writing

Looking for ways to save time by using mentor texts in writing? These ideas will give you back time by helping you be more efficient. Ideas for all parts of writing and a free guide and planning templates included!

In another post I talked about what mentor texts are: books that can be used in multiple subject areas to teach a variety of skills. Obviously you can use mentor texts in reading. One of the subject areas that you can use mentor texts in is writing. Here I’m going to talk about a variety […]

What Are Mentor Texts And Why You Need To Use Them Right Now

What are mentor texts? How can you use them? Time-saving tips and ideas and suggestions along with a free guide to get you using mentor texts!

Mentor texts. I feel like “mentor text” is a term that is both over-used and misunderstood. They’re also not utilized to their full potential. Mentor texts are probably one of the most important things you can use in your classroom at any age. They also help you save time, and as teachers, time is the […]