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,…

January: New Year, New Goals

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Well the holidays are over, and we are back at school.  Sadly I didn’t get half as much done as I wanted to, but I thoroughly enjoyed relaxing and hanging out with my new husband and family.  Of course, once Sunday hit, I realized that I actually needed to start thinking about plans for the…

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