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i need to remember this book - teaches compassion and caring for kids. i've seen several bucket walls, too, but i wonder if i'll have time to start that this year....

Best read-aloud for 11 year olds EVER. This is my 29th year of teaching...14th year in 5th grade; trust me. KIDS LOVE THIS BOOK.

A Classroom Poetry Peek into how one first grade teacher and her class celebrate poetry with a Poet-Tree along with a poem about a "Worm's Wish." From The Poem Farm, a site full of poems and poem mini lessons and poetry ideas - Too cute! I want to keep a Christmas tree up all year long and change out the decorations as we go...I will definietly add this to one of our days!

Book Savorsfrom Book Savors

The Little Red Pen

A good book to teach personification!

The Cornerstonefrom The Cornerstone

Tips for Ending the School Year

End of the Year

***Back to School Read Alouds*** 30 books that will allow you to open a discussion and give students opportunities to make connections to your classroom. They also lend themselves well to teaching behaviors and expectations that will be enforced throughout the year.

Mr. George Baker (a 100 year old man) learns to read alongside a 7 year-old. Making inferences, show not tell... and the blog includes lesson ideas and the Reading Rainbow video. ~ g. ertel

Scholastic Teachersfrom Scholastic Teachers

30 Classroom Procedures to Head Off Behavior Problems

This is a GREAT list of Procedures to teach at the beginning of the year. Many of these are things teachers don't think about teaching.