Thursday, February 16, 2017

Ballet Cat

Have you read any of the Ballet Cat books yet?  You really need to!  They are so great.  I read Ballet Cat, The Totally Secret Secret for World Read Aloud Day today.  The kids LOVED it!  They actually clapped when I was done reading.  I love it when that happens.

What a great book to talk about friendship and how to be a great friend.  This is a great beginning of the year book when you are setting up your classroom expectations and creating a classroom community. It's also a great book to read during the week of Valentine's Day too!

After talking about friends and how to be a good friend,  the kids completed these pages to draw and write about their ideas.

Now we CAN'T WAIT to get some more Ballet Cat books to read in class!  The class is anxiously awaiting this one....

And this one will also be on our reading list...

Sunday, January 22, 2017


I love teaching visualizing. There are so many great lessons that I do every year that the kids love.  This year I made a new lesson to test out in my class. I think it went pretty well!

We read the My Ice Cream Cone poem and highlighted the words or phrases that helped us create a mental image.  Then the students used their highlighted notes to create their mental images.  We compared our mental images and discussed how they were the same or different and why that might be.

We also discussed which words were the most helpful to help us visualize.  The class completed this cut and sort page of helpful/not helpful words.

What Color Is Camouflage?

What Color is Camouflage is a great nonfiction text to use in class for many different lessons.  I recently used it to reinforce main idea. We discussed the book and worked together to think of the important details in the story that supported our main idea.

Poetry Fun

We read a couple books in class to discuss rhyming stories.  We discussed how the rhymes came at the end of the sentence.  Here are the lessons I used with my class for this quick introduction to rhyme!

First, we read Rumble in the Jungle!  This was a class favorite! 

After discussing the book and the rhymes we looked at the book again to complete the rumble in the jungle rhyming page.

Then the kids chose their own jungle animal to draw and write a rhyming poem about.

Another fun rhyming book we read was The Caterpillow Fight.  

After reading the book, we worked together to find all the ending rhymes in the poem and added them to the caterpillar page.  Then, the students wrote their own poem.


I love Beekle and so do my students!  We recently read Beekle in class when we were discussing character traits.  I made a quick little lesson and page to go with the book.

Monday, October 17, 2016


I have been so busy and haven't shared anything in a long time. Hopefully very soon I can post more often! Today, I thought I would share some genre things that I have going in my room.

I have a genre wall by my classroom library.  Every time I read a book in class or we use a text during a mini-lesson, we add a picture of the book cover to our genre wall. The kids discuss together what genre each book is and where we should add it to the wall. This always starts some great discussions!  These pictures are from the first few weeks of school. Our wall is going to be full!

If you want the genre categories to create your own genre wall....I made these simple signs...

I also created a few  activities to reinforce our genre lessons.

I put the game board together like this...

Students sort the book covers and lay them on the correct genre.

On this game, they match the genre category to the correct definition.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Back to School!

I'm just stopping in to post a quick idea for the first day of school! I made this iPad template that students can use to highlight things about themselves. I plan to have them work on it right away the first day and then hang it up on the bulletin board next to their pictures.

Here's my teacher example. (As you can see I'm not an artist!)

Students can write or draw under the apps.

You can download the pages HERE!

That's all I have for now! Enjoy the rest of your summer!