4 of My Favorite Picture Books To Teach Plot

As an elementary school teacher, I am always looking for fun and engaging ways to teach my students about different concepts. I love using picture books to teach plot. I can use picture books to introduce new topics, and my students always seem to enjoy them as well. When it […]

5 Interesting Ways to Group Your Readers

If you’re a teacher, chances are you’ve been assigned the task of grouping your students by level at some point. But what if there were other ways to group your readers? Here are 5 interesting alternatives to group your readers. 1. Group by Skill, Strategy, or Instructional Goal Grouping by […]

How to Handle Reading Small Groups

When I was told that I would be responsible for leading reading small groups in my first year of teaching, I was ecstatic. I love working with small groups of students and helping them to grow as readers. However, when the day came and I had my first group of […]

4 Reasons Why You Should Use Choice Boards for Students

We all know the power of student choice, but perhaps you’re not as familiar with the power of choice boards! One thing that I like to remind everyone is that choice boards for students can be an incredibly powerful tool. I’m all about classroom tools and resources that make my […]

Using Books about Social Issues in School

By now, teachers are familiar with the importance of incorporating social issues into their curriculum. Whether it be current events, monthly celebrations, or historical events, having these conversations is really important for your students. What better way to use books about social issues? Using Book to Discuss Social Issues Using […]

Reading Fairy Tale Lessons for Elementary School

It seems that no matter what age we are, we all love reading fairy tales. Even Albert Einstein said that if you want your kids to be smart, read them fairy tales. The same goes for fifth graders. Just because they are 10 and 11, it doesn’t mean they don’t […]