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    The Shoemaker's Dream My mother reads this book to her children and her students every year. A beautiful depiction of how we should treat other people.



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    "NonFiction Find It and Check It" ready to print pages can be used with any nonfiction text. priced item

    FREE Get your students blogging while they learn important skills. Ideas, examples and a rubric included.

    Free Customary Measurement Foldable! Print this pattern on both sides of a sheet of paper, fold on the dotted line, and snip the solid lines to form 3 flaps. Great for student note-taking!

    cause and effect chain. What a great visual for students to SEE cause and effect.

    From the second 4-pack of "Keep It Fresh! Writing Centers," CHARACTER SCRAPBOOKS has students create and develop a character through a fun scrapbook template. Students can then use their character in their own stories! ($)

    "Fun DATA!" has students create data, collect data, represent data, and interpret data--all with ordinary classroom items in not-so-ordinary ways! "Pencil Bouncers" is one complete data activity that's fun and engaging! Meets common core measurement & data standards, as well as many Standards of Mathematical Practice. Check out my data activities for SPRING, too—only a buck each.

    A Free Back To School Lesson Plan: Have your students discuss and design an ideal school system.

    Teaching Students to Ask Questions Before, During, and After Reading with This Is Not My Hat

    Students view different photo each day and make 5 observations, 5 inferences, and 5 predictions. LOVE this idea!! Start at the beginning of the year- reading warm up

    Teach students to celebrate differences and appreciate each other with the book Unique Monique. Lots of terrific ideas in this guest blog post about how to create a caring classroom family.

    STANZA - Fun Intro to Poetry

    Read self esteem Jamie Lee Curtis book and have students write poems before painting.

    The Punctuation Station by Brian P. Cleary: I used this concept book with 4th graders to help them understand and relate to a variety of different punctuations. Great pictures and good explanations.

    The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Schaefer: I use this book in the classroom with an acting exercise. The students hear the story then we act out the story with the character.

    Falling Up: Poems and Drawings The humor in these books make them ideal for reading and teaching poetry to elementary school students. I will use this book periodically throughout the school year.

    Book of Bad Ideas--Use as beginning of the year mentor text to get ideas for short narratives.