Sunday, June 2, 2019

Happy Pride!! 6 books to help you celebrate!

Happy Pride!!

June 1st marked the beginning of Pride Month and I've got 6 books to share!  We are already out of school, so I am reading these to my son, Murphy, this week.  My thoughts and prayers go out to anyone still in school!!  Having to write June anything on the whiteboard is a crime!!

First up is Love is Love by Michael Genhart.
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A story about a child who talks with a friend about his family, saying that people question if he has a "real family" since he has two dads, rather than a mom and a dad.  They discover that their families really aren't that different at all.  I really enjoy the way this book doesn't sugar coat anything or talk around the issue; it goes right into an honest discussion about his dads being gay and him feeling proud that they are his family.  There are even several pages at the end with advice and talking points for teachers and parents.  If you want to have a great, straight-forward conversation with your class, this book is the way to go!

Next is And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
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This book tells the true story of Roy and Silo, two male penguins at the NYC Central Park Zoo who hatched and raised an abandoned egg, who the zookeepers there recognized as a couple just like every other penguin family at the zoo.  It is a really sweet story about the two penguins as they raise their baby, Tango.  This is a great book for kids to identify with because they see these two daddy penguins just as they would any other animal family.

Third on my list is A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary.
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This is a really cute book where everyone in the class describes their family.  One lives with her grandmother, one has two dads, one has a mom and dad who've known each other since they were little.  This is the perfect book to start conversations about how we are all different and alike in many ways we might not realize.  This would be a great way to start a writing unit about families as well!!

Next up is Pink Is For Boys by Robb Pearlman.
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This book needs to be read in ALL classrooms and homes!!  It's really time to eliminate the thought that there are "boy colors" and "girl colors".  With a Kansas State alumnus husband, we've got plenty of purple in our closets- for all of us to wear!

The last two on my list are by the amazing Todd Parr!!  Love him and all of his books!!!  His illustrations are so fun and his message behind every story is always one of acceptance and love for everything unique and special!

I love The Family Book.  Such a fun book about celebrating differences!!
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Last is It's Okay To Be Different.
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This is perfect for Pride, but it's also one of my favorites to read during the first week of school!!  It's such a great way to kick off a unit about what makes us all unique and special.  So many writing ideas can stem from this book, too!

I really hope you'll read any or all of these books with your class and your own children at home.  We have had so many great conversations with Murphy, and he's only 4.  I know there is still a lot of work to be done, but I am so glad that he is growing up in a time where these books are available for all to read and learn from!

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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Comparing Numbers Freebie

Hey Friends!

Just popping in to share a fun math activity we did last week in class!  We have wrapped up our place value unit, and are now shifting to comparing and ordering numbers.  I tied these units together by using place value to help my students understand how to compare 2 numbers.

I used this sheet as a partner activity in my classroom while learning about comparing numbers.  Each student got a page of their own.  I had half of my class sit at their desks with a number cube and the other half rotated around the room.  They each took turns rolling the cube and recording their number (rolled it twice to build a 2 digit number), and then drawing the base ten blocks underneath.  Then they compared the numbers and wrote the comparison statements under that.  They did this on their own paper and then again on their partner’s paper.  They had a lot of fun working in partners and there was so much great math talk going on the whole time!!

I am going to make extra copies and place it in a Math Center next week!

I love these foam number cubes- SO QUIET!  Click below to grab a set of them on Amazon.  This is an affiliate link, which means I receive a very small commission on purchases- at no extra cost to you!
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

#TBT Week 8- Super fun math review game!

Happy September- yikes!  Things are moving and grooving at school- how about you?

I'm popping in today to share my last Throwback Thursday post and I hope you enjoy it!  Click the image below to read about a fun review game that my students actually LOVE to play!  Plus you can do it with any content!!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

#TBT Week 7- Comparing Numbers for Math and Science fun, plus a freebie!

Hey there friends!

I'm back to share another Throwback Thursday post with you!  This was one of my favorite activities that I did with my firsties!!  We were working on comparing numbers and I wanted a way to tie it in with real life.  Be sure to click the image below to read about the fun activity we did in class!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

#TBT Week 6- Number Sense Activities and Freebies

Popping in today to share my next Throwback Thursday post!  Hope you are enjoying being back in the classroom or enjoying your last few days of freedom!!

My post for today explains a really fun Number Sense activity we did that makes a super cute hallway display- perfect for Open House or Back to School Night!!  Check it out by clicking on the image below!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

#TBT Week 5- Daily Calendar plus 3 freebies!

Hey there,

Slowly adjusting to waking up at 5:45 am again and I'm not liking it!!  :)  Hope your transition back to school is going smoothly!

Today's Throwback Thursday post is one I wrote earlier this summer about how I do Calendar in my classroom.  It is a long one, so get ready to be overloaded with Calendar fun!!  Plus I included three freebies to help you get your Calendar going as well!  Hope you enjoy and will leave me a comment or two about how you use your Calendar time.  Just click on the image below to read the post!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

#TBT Week 4- Reading Fluency Activities (plus freebies!)

Hey Friends!!

Hope you are adjusting to back to school season!!  Hope you are getting lots of time in your room and not stuck in meetings that could have been an email!!

Today's Throwback Thursday post is one I wrote about Reading Fluency.  This is such an important part of literacy development and it is vital in the primary grades in order to be successful later in life!  Click on the image below to read it and let me know how you help your students build their fluency!