Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies that Read Like Narrative Stories

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Biographies should be compelling stories that hook the reader immediately. This list of nonfiction picture book biographies do exactly that -- they tell a story that makes it seem like you're reading a fiction book. Which kids generally prefer over a book of facts, dates, and dry informative text. Quite frankly I prefer it, too. Picture Book Nonfiction Biographies The … [Read more...]

Writing Inspiration: How to Get Ideas for a Story

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The picture book, Any Questions by Marie-Louise Gay, is the author's answer to children about the writer's journey -- how to get ideas for a story. It's an interactive experience because you get to write part of a story, too and is beautifully illustrated with water color and ink. Gay writes that children often ask her where does a story start. That's a good question, she … [Read more...]

Best Geometry Apps for Kids

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Preschoolers and elementary age kids can all benefit from learning shapes and geometry at their age appropriate level with these geometry apps. I've organized them by younger ages to older so if you have older kids, scroll down about half way. Geometry Apps for Kids All About Shapes FREE with in app purchases (ages 2 - 4) Kids will see shapes in every day objects in this … [Read more...]

What’s New from PBSKids’ Peg + Cat Show

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The PBSKids' Peg + Cat Show makes math learning fun and playful. Now you can do more than just watch it on PBSKids or videos, you also can play Peg + Cat apps. Peg + Cat Apps The Tree Problem App $2.99 Cat gets stuck in a tree in different six locations (Broadway, Arctic, Mathtropolis, a Farm, DinoValley, etc.). Kids are asked to use their visual-spatial and math … [Read more...]

Inspiration for Innovative Educators

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I'm excited to share about an innovative education conference here in Denver, CO that will help teachers and administrators (you?) get their mojo back. It's a conference that will renew your energy and give you inspiration, even if you have to take it back to a constraining environment. It's 5 Sigma Edu Conference. You'll learn, talk, and apply. You'll be treated … [Read more...]

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

2015 Newbery and Caldecott Winners

The 2015 Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced by the American Library Association (ALA). Want to know who won? 2015 Newbery Medal The John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander! It's written in prose, like the beat of a basketball game, about twins who compete on and off the court. As … [Read more...]

Outstanding Nonfiction Early Reader Series

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I recommend the following outstanding nonfiction early readers series from these publishers: Usborne, Newmark Learning, National Geographic Kids, Time for Kids, and Scholastic's Fly Guy Presents. When I evaluate early readers, I consider the text to picture ratio, the visual appeal, the quality of information, and the interest level to kids. These early fove reader series do … [Read more...]

Using Education Games in the Classroom

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We teachers love engaging children in learning. Education games are one way we can do this. Staples offers a wealth of educational games (among other things) that will provide opportunities in your classroom for enthusiastic and engaged kids. In fact, this post is sponsored by Staples. Using Education Games in the Classroom Here’s what you need to remember when using … [Read more...]

Get Organized! Classroom Organization Ideas and Hacks for Teachers

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Now that it’s mid-way through the year, it’s time to get your classroom organized with these easy tips and ideas sponsored by Staples. Don’t miss out on Staple’s Teacher Rewards program – it gives you free shipping, 5% back in rewards, and up to 10% back in rewards on teaching and art supplies. Classroom Organization Ideas 1. Color Code Subjects I always color … [Read more...]

No Sew Fleece Blanket

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We just spent a half day making no sew blankets because I wanted a tangible way for my kids to give to others in need. I love the blankets since they're hands-on and practical -- everyone can use a blanket, right? *Plus, kids can relate to the important blankets are for warmpth as well as for a feeling of security. How many of our kids had their own binkies?* Then with … [Read more...]