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January 15, 2017

Biographies and President's Day in First and Second Grade

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book series!!!! These truly are book that teachers love!!!! Hard to tackle subjects are thoughtfully presented to young children in ways they can grasp.
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids is the best on the market
This series tackles the hard to understand themes in history such as separatism, bravery in the face of an unkind world,  being different, seeing your passions come to life, and doing the impossible. 
Every single book in this growing series is amazing. I know this because I own ALL of them!

The Helen Keller book took my breath away. One of the pages is almost completely black. This alone shocks kids. The author tells the kids to close their eyes and ears. This helps the kids understand what a blind and deaf person might experience. They can empathize with how Helen might have felt. When a book series can transport children directly into the lives of historical figures, you KNOW you have found a teaching jackpot!
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series -Helen Keller

If you are getting ready for Black History Month in February then you will want the Rosa Parks book for sure!
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids-Rosa Parks
Is that powerful or what!?! Until these books, my students could not understand how and why the bus boycott really worked.  But the simplicity of the word choice is beyond brilliant!

The illustrations are second to none. I love how the historical figure is drawn to be child-sized in the big world.  If you look, Rosa is tiny compared to the bus owner. This helps the children really see themselves in the shoes of the historical figure! Plus, the whole book is written in the first person!

The books are also written with a tremendous amount of “heart”. I think every child in the room can see how Abe feels about the boat of people being “sold down the river to new slave owners”.
Ordinary People Change the World Biography Series for kids-Abraham Lincoln
I love these two books for use around Presidents Day!!!

These books by Brad Meltzer are a treasure!

This is a cool video to show if you are wanting to talk about author's purpose since he tells us in the 30 second video why he wrote the books.

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Click {here} to download the President's Day
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After downloading you might want to read 
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December 14, 2016

Martin Luther King Jr and the book Martin's Big Words

It is no secret that Martin Luther King Jr is important to me. I have blogged about him several times because he is important to all of us. I teach at a very diverse school. VERY. My husband compliments my class every year when he says “Your class is like those gorgeous United Colors of Benetton ads” Make no mistake this is a compliment. My students are so pretty. Their parents hail from across the globe and they are stunning to look at and it a joy to listen to Nigerian, Indian, and every other accent too. Another thing that is stunning is the fact that without the sacrifice of Dr. King and other in the civil rights movement, my diverse students would not be allowed to be together.  My school of 33 languages, native homelands, and faces of every color that shine like the sun,  would not be possible without Dr. King. Gosh I love him and this is how I teach my students about this great man.
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I love starting any unit with a book, and in this case I let LaVar Burton kick off our MLK study with his reading of A Picture Book of Martin Luther King Jr.
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It’s just the color of my skin, not who I am:
I feel like the kids I teach are tender hearted and have not become jaded by bad experiences yet. They have been sheltered and are part of a happily diverse population. They are a bit shocked to learn that long ago the color of your skin decided your value and who you could become. In some cases, no matter how hard you worked or how good you were, you could not do certain things because of your skin color. We show how silly that is with an egg object lesson.
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We get cracking with some eggs all smiling and colorful. We crack one of each color and we talk about what we see.
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I will tell you that I allowed every child to crack open a REAL egg. It was a wonderful experience. The families were asked to send in an egg for their child. As a result the parents very already invested and curious as to what we were doing in class. It was an exciting week!!!! PS. eggs were sent in Ziploc bags and I sat in the office collecting them so they did not break.
My character is what matters most
It really does matter what’s inside, and we are not all the same. We are uniquely gifted, have different degrees of good and “not so good” character inside us.  So, how do we know if someone is filled with good or bad character? Can we look at their outside? Can we decide by their skin color, their clothes, their smile? No you have to get to know the person.
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I have them sort out all the possible character traits.
I put 3-5 slips of paper in each egg and the table group will judge the egg. I usually put at least 1 negative trait in each egg.
It’s important for kids to know that all of us are a mix of good and bad. We have to work hard to show our good character traits and control our negative ones.
Kids are so tender, so you really have to drive this point home! Everyone has a bit of bad inside wanting to take over. Self control and good choices are ways we can show and grow our good character!
This is such an important lesson that I end it with a very concrete way to be a friend and show good character.
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I love to read several books to the kids including my favorite Martin’s Big Words.

I adore this book! Martin's most important words are in a huge font, hence the name of the book.

So powerful!!!!

Then, I like them to do some reading on their own.

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We also read about Martin in our fluency passage for the week followed by a quiz. I need those informational reading grades in my grade book. How about you?
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OK,  now do you know Kid President? Of course you do because you are amazing. If you are just meeting him today from this post, then I have done my good deed for the day!!!! I love him. He does such a good job making MLK so accessible!
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Speaking of love, how about a little MLK Rap and putting on your dancing shoes!
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But here is the best part!!! The craft. Oh how I love this easy & sweet craft!
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We head back to You Tube to wrap up our week of MLK and watch the very beginning and very end of his speech. I think it’s important for kids to see the march. The peaceful singing, walking, and talking.  I think this helps them understand that MLK really meant “peace”. There was no yelling, throwing of bottles, or hitting. They walked and sang and changed history.
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On Friday, after we have learned everything we can learn, and our brains are tired and we so proud to be together as friends at the table of brotherhood, we sit down and watch this nice long movie. If you want to watch the movie I strongly encourage you to preview it. There are video clips of real events and it is hard to see some of the clips.
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I  hope that this post has brought some new material to your classroom. It’s always nice to teach with something new. It’s like a new shirt or dress… it’s just fun, fresh, and exciting! All my best to you.

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November 14, 2016

A New and Improved Santa: Close Reading & and Summarizing

Do I have a treasure for you! This book is going to become a new favorite for you! I just know it!
Christmas Literacy Freebies from Teacher to the Core- A New and Improved Santa is a great book for Close Reading and  Summarizing (2)
Santa thinks he is old fashioned.
But what happens when Santa makes BIG changes?

Christmas Literacy Freebies from Teacher to the Core- A New and Improved Santa is a great book for Close reading and  Summarizing

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That’s right! It’s Mrs. Claus to the rescue.
This book is a delight. It’s a month by month story where Santa makes a major change each month.  Then when it all falls apart, Mrs. Claus only has 1 month to fix it. It’s the perfect book for a Close Reading activity and Summarizing.
Here is the Close Reading Page
And here is the Summarizing
Teaching 1st graders to summarize vs retell can be hard.
Enter the "Somebody-Wanted-But-So" Strategy. This strategy works well with anybook that has a problem and solution.

This book's summary might sound like this:  Santa wanted to chnge everything about himself, but nobody liked it so he changed everything back.
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September 14, 2016

Picture Day Book and Freebie

The Magic Poof- The best picture for picture day and a freebie from Teacher to the Core
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This is how I made the craft.
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August 14, 2016

Math Game Freebie

I like to get up and move around during the day. Don’t you? Can you imagine a 7 hour staff meeting with only a few breaks? We would DIE.  Our students probably feel the EXACT same way.  Enter some math in motion games! I teamed up with my friend Joyce at Sit Spots and we came up with some fun games to play during centers!

Free Math Game from Teacher to the Core-You are going to love this

I explained how we play “Counting On Hopscotch” here in a you tube video!!!

Hopscotch counting on freebie

I am excited to offer you a hundred and 120 chart to help your students with their counting on endeavors!

Hopscotch counting on freebie game

This is seriously fun!  You do need to teach the kids to whisper if you don’t have a high tolerance for noise and happy kid sounds such as giggling or high fives. To me it’s worth it.


Counting On free math game and hundreds chart

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Enjoy my sweet friends!

July 5, 2016

Summertime Teacher Happiness

Christmas in July
It is summertime and this sister is LOVE-ING the pool ! The lazy days of summer of have arrived in my home and it is good!

Speaking of good I have a few sweet summer treats for you! A freebie, some summer love and a SALE!
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Look at how darling this is !!!!!  Grab it {here} from Frosted Events. I love this blog and her printables!!!! I am printing mine today and framing it. It will be a reminder to slow down, savor, love on my boys and make drinks with small umbrellas!!!
OK my third surprise is that my store is on sale! Yes it is, so get in there and have fun, fill up your cart, and check out with HUGE savings!

Now, another surprise ... TpT gift cards and freebies from all my friends below!!!! So awesome!
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