Beyond the Textbook: Using Picture Books in Our History Learning, Part 1

Some picture books make us laugh. Others tug at our heart strings and make us cry. Many support our work in studying the craft of writing. Then, there are some that just truly stop us in our tracks. Today's picture book read aloud, The People Shall Continue written by Simon J. Ortiz and illustrated by … Continue reading Beyond the Textbook: Using Picture Books in Our History Learning, Part 1

The Last 20 Days of Literacy Learning: 16-15 Days to Go, Literacy & Math

Post #5 in the Last 20 Days of Literacy Series… Written after the teaching week on Sunday morning while savoring a cup of coffee- well, three cups of coffee. All posts in this blog series can be found here. A few years ago, I was given the best advice about teaching math that I have ever … Continue reading The Last 20 Days of Literacy Learning: 16-15 Days to Go, Literacy & Math

The Last 20 days of Literacy Learning: 20 Days to Go, The Art of Comprehension

*Disclaimer- this blog series will most likely not include poetic, profound writing. Rather, it will consist of on-the-fly quick writes after my teaching day during the last 20 days of school. Reader, you've been warned. Today marked day 160 of the school year. My fifth graders have 20 days left of elementary school. While we … Continue reading The Last 20 days of Literacy Learning: 20 Days to Go, The Art of Comprehension

The Last 20 Days of Elementary Literacy Learning Blog Series

So much is emphasized, written, and said about the first 20 days of school. Well, I'm entering my last 20, and the work isn't even close to being done. This blog series will chronicle the literacy learning of the last 20 days of school in my fifth grade classroom. The Last 20 Days of Elementary … Continue reading The Last 20 Days of Elementary Literacy Learning Blog Series