Category: Teachers: Fun Ideas for Your Classroom

Holiday Poet Tree

This easy Poet Tree assignment works for any season. Build literacy with your students–or just have fun with words! Holiday Poet Tree For K-1 , ELL, or higher* Standards: Reading foundation/Phonological Awareness/Recognize and produce rhyming words. Supplies needed: class set of index cards or small pieces of construction paper / 1 per student; string (or… Read more »

Skyping with schools is WRAD! World Read Aloud Day

On Tuesday,  March 7th, World Read Aloud Day, I visited schools in South Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, two schools in Texas, and back to my home state of California–without leaving my office! First stop:  the 5th graders at Langford Elementary in South Carolina.  With each of the upper grade classes I visited, I read aloud from… Read more »

Celebrate Dr. Seuss and teach prepositional phrases!

According to Charles D. Cohen’s Seuss biography, THE SEUSS AND NOTHING BUT THE SEUSS (Random House/2004), Ted Geisel loved playing with words. Even at age 14, he wrote “O Latin,” a parody of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain, My Captain!” for the Recorder.  So why not celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (or just have fun teaching prepositional… Read more »

I Love to Read–in Brazil, part 3

The adventure continues–this time at Escola American Campinas, where Lais Martins is the Elementary Librarian. The EAC school day began with their weekly assembly, celebrating gratittude and 100 students who had completed their summer reading program. Congratulations to all! In their own version of Carnevale, Grade 5A, the class in charge of the assembly. paraded three floats they had created… Read more »

I Love to Read– In Brazil!

Let the Brazil blog begin! With any luck (and wifi) I will be updating this as I visit International Schools in Brazil this month. I always tell the students I meet that books can take you amazing places–both real and imagined. Boy is that the truth! It’s finally hitting me that my Brazilian adventure is real. … Read more »