Newberry Awards

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     So my lesson on the Caldecott Award books went so well with my 1st and 2nd graders, I decided to do something similar with the Newbery Award books for my 3rd-5th graders.        First, I selected about 15 different books that were winners of the Newbery Award over the last couple of…

Folktales, Fairytales, and Fables, Oh my!

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      Folktales, Fables, Fairytales, and Tall Tales come up at some point throughout the year with all grade levels from Kinder to 5th grade.   Over the years, I’ve found some absolutely WONDERFUL anchor charts that helped me create a visual reminder for my students.   Here are some of my favorites!  These…

Teaching Poetry in Elementary

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     Teaching poetry is part of the curriculum for all grade levels K-5 at our school.   Over the past three years, I’ve taught it in a very general manner, but this year I wanted to find a more meaningful to introduce key concepts and vocabulary terms to each grade level, while at the same time…

Caldecott Award Books

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     The week before Easter,  I went to Barnes & Noble to find some new bunny books to read for my younger grade levels.  I came across this wonderful book called Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds, and thought it would work perfectly.        When I got home, I noticed that Creepy Carrots was…

Recipe for Research!

Spring is just around the corner, and that means the beginning of the research semester where multiple grade levels will begin some form of research project. I always enjoyed this process in the classroom with 22 students and LOTS of parent helpers.  It’s not quite as manageable in the library without my library aide (Oh,…

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