Category Archives: Book Reviews

Croak.it! So amazing I can’t imagine life without it!

Croak.it! Yay! I love you, Croak.it! You’re amazing! I heard about Croak.it a few months ago on #1stchat (a weekly conversation about 1st grade on Twitter every Sunday at 7:00 CST).  I believe the amazing Karen Lireman  tipped me off … Continue reading

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We are bloggers!

Currently, each student in my class hosts a blog on Kidblogs.org.  Kidblogs is a safe and easy blogging site for students.  There are various settings that allow the teacher to manage visibility and access. Each child enters his or her … Continue reading

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The Lions of Little Rock

Linda B from the Slice of Life Challenge introduced me to this little meme.  It’s hosted at Teach Mentor Texts. I just picked up this book called The Lions of Little Rock and I haven’t been able to put it … Continue reading

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Happy Digital Learning Day!

As we celebrate our 1st Digital Learning Day in my classroom, I take a moment to reflect on how significantly technology has changed how I teach and how my students learn. Device preference aside, I am so grateful for all … Continue reading

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Donalyn Miller, Franki Sibberson, Sara Kajder & Teri Lesesne

If you’ve attended a national conference like NCTE, you know how tricky it is to plan your daily schedule to maximize your conference experience and see all the speakers on your “must see” list.  Especially at NCTE–many people I wanted … Continue reading

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Seymour Simon, Linda Hoyt, Ann Marie Corgill & Ellin Keene

WOW!  The NCTE conference was terrific this year!  I’m still recovering from information overload.  My brain is literally full. Now that I’ve acquired all this new learning, it’ time to process it and actively use it… First, a big thank … Continue reading

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Day 13: Books That Teach

I love picture books that have a message.  I use a wide variety of books every year and at the beginning of the year I like books that send a message of acceptance and tolerance.  Here are three of my … Continue reading

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Day 11: Read Aloud Books for the First Weeks of School

As you probably noticed from my post on classroom environment I have a lot of books.  I’ve been collecting books since I began teaching and there is no end in sight.  I have a core set of books that I … Continue reading

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Day 8: A Steady Diet of Reading

Keeping kids excited about reading is a major part of my job.  If they like the books they will read.  This means that I keep up a steady diet of reading during the year.  Enough that the site of me … Continue reading

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While I’m On A Roll About Book Clubs

I’m putting together a new grant on Donors Choose for some new titles that I’ve found.  When I choose books for student book clubs there are few things that I take into careful consideration. How challenging is this title?  How … Continue reading

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Book Find

I just finished reading Savvy by Ingrid Law and I love, love, love it.  The only question in my mind is will I get a set for book clubs or will I read it aloud? Savvy is listed as a … Continue reading

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