Fall is such a fun time for our students, and gives us teachers some great classroom content! From science, to language, to math and more… the Fall season is full of teaching and learning wonders. It’s also a great time to spruce up our classrooms! Check out some of my favorite fall classroom decor ideas below: 1. Pumpkin Patch Kids 2. Personalized Fall Leaves 3. A Little Hide & Seek 4. Inspire Gratitude 5. Bring in Books Which is your favorite classroom display?
For kids out there who struggle with reading, the thought of picking up a book can be daunting. Reading a book, whether independently or in a group setting, can either: a) cause a great deal of anxiety or, b) cause students to “check out”, leaving them to miss key details for comprehension. Whether students are struggling to read the words, or struggling to understand them, I’ve got a list of the 6 perfect picture books for struggling readers. 1. Press Here – By: Herve Tullet Press Here is a fun and interactive book that does not follow a traditional narrative format. Instead it presents readers with a series of instructions, for which the book garners apparentContinue reading
Often times, when kids read a story, they’ll love a certain character, relate to the character and learn valuable lessons. But sometimes, the most valuable lessons are buried deep within a story’s framework, which means that kids need reading strategies to best understand a story and character’s full value. One such reading strategy is determining character traits. This is important because it allows students to examine characters and their growth, helps them obtain more meaning out of texts and helps them become more conscientious readers. Here are a list of steps to help with teaching character traits. Brainstorm Vocabulary for Traits and Emotions There is a long list of adjectives we can use to describeContinue reading
If it’s not already clear, let me just say, I love reading in the classroom! Kids with an array of interests can get lost in the right book, find inspiration in the right read-aloud and connect with their peers through a harrowing tale. Join me in bringing a spotlight to our reading programs, whether at home or at school, by highlighting their appeal using creative displays. Here are my picks for some of the best reading classroom displays! 1. Author Studies It’s great for students to learn about and appreciate a variety of authors. It’s provides wonderful inspiration for their own writing. What’s more, kids can find common themes or connections between an author’s different texts.Continue reading
*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* When the school day was winding down, my students would anxiously wait for their favorite part of the day: read aloud time! They would inch close on the carpet and excitedly strain their necks trying to catch a glimpse of our newest read. Even now, my daughter runs towards me with full force when I say the words “story time”! Kid’s absolutely love a creative book, especially if it can appeal to their silly imaginative side and relieve some tension from their busy day. Here are 10 children’s story books that are hilarious and will have your students or kids roaring with laughter and thoroughly entertained. MustacheContinue reading
There is so much to be described in the Fall season, which means it naturally lends itself to many language activities. Students can engage in describing, creating, reflecting and reading all about Fall features. Take a look at the following Fall language activities that link back to curriculum. Most of these activities can be tweaked to apply to a variety of grades and difficulty levels. Reading For Meaning Speaking & Writing – Word Choice There are so many special experiences to be had in the Fall season, so it works perfectly to have students practice expanding their word choice and descriptions. Check out the following ideas: Writing – Classifying Ideas Paragraph Writing WhatContinue reading
Asking questions is one of the most wonderful strategies to get your students delving deeper into a text. I’ve stumbled upon a wonderful way to get your students to ask questions that will greatly enhance their understanding, allow them to make deeper connections and potentially create a lifelong love of curios exploration. After you’ve had some lessons aboout questions as a reading strategy, it’s important to talk to your students about the levels of questioning that can occur. Here is a wonderful example: Oh, wouldn’t it be amazing to have your students asking inventive questions! The joy that will appear on your face when your students asks “if you had a Giving Tree, what would you doContinue reading
*This post contains affiliate links for convenient viewing* Wouldn’t it be wonderful to know that your students were continuing to use the valuable skills they learned in class over the summer? We can actually help to encourage valuable summer reading for kids! I recently came across “Summer reading is so different than reading for school. Here are 3 reasons to encourage it for kids”. It mentions 3 reasons kids should be reading throughout the summer. The reasons are: 1. it prepares students for the upcoming school year, 2. they’ll enjoy reading more-so than they would in class and 3. kids could actually earn free books! Those are all awesome reasons for students to read over theContinue reading