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Friday, December 28, 2012

Pencil Sharpeners Don't Like Me...

...and neither do staplers.  I feel like I go through a million of each of them!  That is why I am dying to try out
Groovy Green, love it!  Click on the link and check it out! 

New Year's Linky!

I am linking up with Teaching Maddeness for a New Year's Resolution Linky Party!


Teaching Maddeness






A new year, a new you, right?  I always try to be realistic about setting goals, but then I just end up with ones like "Be Awesome."
I love this.  As a working mom, I would like to think that I can "do it all," but the reality is that I fall short.  This year it has been my blogging that has been put on the back burner.  So my first goal:

1.  Write a blog post at least once a week.   I want to try to write some posts in advance (I can do this with my tech tool posts) so that I can have them ready to go.  In a perfect world, right?  Okay, bloggy friends, bug me if I haven't posted in awhile!

2.  Create some freebies to share and post on TPT.  I'm not sure why I haven't done this already.  I create lots of things, but I just feel like what I have isn't as "cute" as what other teachers have made.  I know that the content is good, so I just need to get it out there!

3.  RUN!!!!  My husband bought me an awesome pair of running shoes for Christmas.  I am signed up for a 5K (and for a small triathlon, but I am still in denial about that one), so now I just need to get out there and run!  I was following the Couch to 5K program through the fall and was doing well, but then December came and life got in the way.  I need to get back into this habit!

There are a million other things that I would like to do this year, but I'm not going to post those since those are things that I should be doing anyway.  Maybe I'll have some success if I stick to just three goals, right?  RIGHT??? 

Best wishes to everyone with their New Year's Resolutions!



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Bloggy Best and Brigtest Linky

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas!  Ours was so much fun.  The house is a mess of new toys, but that's how it should be the day after Christmas.  I am spending the day cleaning and playing with my daughter, and I am also taking the opportunity to join a party-a linky party, that is!  Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge is hosting a linky to share some of the blogging highlights of 2012.

I am still relatively new to blogging, and I have yet to create anything to share on TPT (future goal for 2013).  However, I have met many new people and learned more about the technology involved in blogging.  Here are a few highlights to my year:

One of the BEST things that I did this year was to start my blog!  It took me a few weeks to gain some followers, but then it took off.  Like I said, I have met some great people and have picked up some great teaching and technology tips.  Everyone is so friendly in the blogosphere!  Another great thing that I did was to sign up to be a contributor (aka "coach") on Technology Tailgate.  I feel honored to have my posts with those of some incredible techy teachers!

The post that I loved BEST was my Photo Booth tutorial on adding yourself to imported pictures.  Although I haven't created freebies to share, I feel that I have a lot to offer with my knowledge of technology.  I learned this Photo Booth "trick" in June when I went to Discovery Communications headquarters, and I had fun going through the process to make it work and post the steps.

My post that had the BEST response was when I participated in the Newbie Blogger Blog Hop.  Not only did it have the most page views, it helped me gain a great deal of followers! 

Some of the BRIGHTEST bloggers that I "met" this year were:

Alison from




and Kristin from


Thanks to everyone for helping me get my start in blogging!

Friday, December 21, 2012

I'm Baaack!!! (plus some Christmas crafts)

   I am taking a break from playing Uno with Clyde, our elf, in order to FINALLY add a blog post.  I am so embarrassed that I have not posted in months.  This year has been one of the most challenging ever.  My daughter is now in kindergarten, and I am adjusting to homework and packing lunches.  I had two classes this semester, one of which was a research class that really had me busy!  Add the new Common Core standards to all of that and you can understand how my blogging was put on the back burner. 

Here are a few of my Christmas crafts that I wanted to share.  I know that most of you have already finished your crafting for the season, so bookmark these for next year:
    I saw something like this on Pinterest and created my own.  
    Cut pieces of foam board, approximately 4 1/2 inch squares.  I used a box cutter and then my paper cutter to make squares.
     Use tacky glue to make the frame from crayons.
     Use tacky glue to attach the ribbon (I found cute School Days ribbon at Hobby Lobby).
     Add a picture and whatever you want to write.  I used double sided tape to attach the picture.

We did this as a Christmas gift, but in the future I might save something like this for Mother's Day.     

  I also saw these snowflakes on Pinterest, but I created my own because the link to the directions did not work. 
     You need 8 small puzzle pieces, painted white.  We used acrylic paint.
      Cut a small circle out of cardboard-I found a thin cardboard and used my scrapbooking tools to make them.  The size will depend on the size of your puzzle pieces.  Paint the circle white also.
     Glue one puzzle piece in the middle of the circle.  Attach 6 more pieces around that one.  I think it looks best if a "point" of the puzzle piece sticks out (note to self-do a Google search for the name of the curved part of a puzzle piece).  Glue one more puzzle piece in the middle, on top of the first one.  I used Tacky Glue-I invest in the stuff at Christmas time.
     When it has dried, cover it with a thin layer of Mod Podge and sprinkle some glitter on it.
     When that has dried, cover the ornament with clear spray paint so that the glitter won't chip off.
    Add a piece of ribbon to the back.
 

     Well, the word didn't end so I have to go and finish my Christmas shopping and baking.  I hope to post a few more times over the holidays!
    

Monday, September 3, 2012

September Currently

It's September, which means it is time for another Currently!  I have been too busy to write a real blog post lately, but I am definitely going to take the time to link up.  Stop by Farley's page at Oh Boy 4th Grade if you want to link up too!


I hope that everyone is having a great Labor Day weekend!!!!!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy First Week of School!

My apologies in advance, but I was not able to finish my Tech Tool Tuesday post for this week.  School began yesterday, and my daughter had her first day of kindergarten today (our school does a staggered start for kindergarten, where only 5 students go per day for the first week).  Plus my grad classes started for the semester, and I have a ton of reading to do.  I have had a wonderful start to my year, and I hope that everyone else has too!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tech Tool Tuesday: Photo Booth

Happy Tuesday!  I have officially been back to work for two days.  We have Open House on Thursday, and then the kids come back on Monday.  I'm not sure which I am more nervous about: starting a new school year or my daughter starting kindergarten!  I have concerns, but I will save those for another post.  Nothing is more humbling than being a parent. 

Today I am doing my Tech Tool Tuesday, which I will also link up to Technology Tool Tuesday on Blog Hoppin'.
Today I wanted to share a tip for Photo Booth.  If you have MacBooks or iPads, then you may be familiar with this program/app.  My students NEVER get tired of making pictures of themselves and their friends.  Whenever they get "free time" on their laptops, this is almost always what they will choose to do.

I was excited to learn a new trick to Photo Booth when I went to Discovery Communications this summer (home to Discovery Education).   Students can put themselves into an image or video with just a few simple steps!

First, have your students find a picture or video that they can use.  I downloaded a picture of fireworks behind Mount Rushmore from the many images that are available in Discovery Education.

Next, scroll through the effects until you find the user backdrops.
 

Drag the downloaded picture onto User Backdrop 1.
The next step is the tricky part...it will tell you to step out of the frame so that it can detect the background.  Once the background shows up you can go in the picture.

Then click on the camera timer to take your picture.  You may have to do a few trial pictures to make sure that you can see enough of the background.  It also won't work if there is too much movement behind you.
Here is one that I took of my daughter and me.  Photo Booth pics are fun, but they are definitely not flattering!

This can be a lot of fun for students.  What are some ways that you would use this with your class?


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Finish This Sentence

Like many other busy bloggers, I have not had much free time to post lately.  I have no idea what everyone has been up to...it's not like it's the beginning of the school year!  :-D

I honestly have not been doing much school work this week.  Since it was the last full week of summer break, I spent a lot of time taking my daughter swimming and having the playdates that we had put off (you know, when you were thinking, "But we have all summer!").  It was a fun week, but I am exhausted. 

Now I am busy finishing up all of my back-to-school projects (again, thinking, "But we have all summer!").   My house is a mess of projects, but I know that everything will get done by August 27.

I found the "You Know It's Back to School Time When..." linky party at Kindergarten Lifestyles and decided to join in.    You need to finish the following sentence:
The first thing that came to mind for me was this:
Am I the only one that has these?  My nervousness always shows up in my dreams before anything else!  Then I had this one:
I swear that I have made a million trips to Staples.  Now I am working on cutting out laminating and finishing up other projects.  Again, surely I am not alone!

I am looking forward to reading other posts!



Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tech Tool Tuesday: PebbleGo

Okay, I know that it is actually Wednesday.  Yesterday I was helping to create a first quarter math assessment for my district, and my head was spinning by the end of the day.  Keeping up with Common Core is going to make this year interesting!

My Tech Tool for this week is PebbleGo.  This is not a free program, but it is a must-have for elementary schools.  When working on technology projects in my grad classes, I find that many programs are geared for upper grade students.  PebbleGo is ideal for young students who are just learning research skills.
PebbleGo currently has 3 databases of information: Animals, Biographies, and Eartth and Space.  Schools have the option to purchases access to just one or to all three.  My third graders used the biography information quite a bit last year.  My students had no problem with the reading level of the information, but there is an option to have the passages read aloud.  The pictures are bright and colorful, and there are even some video clips included.  The information is broken down into subsections, making it easier for young researchers.
Here is a sample page on Benjamin Franklin.  Do you teach timelines?  There is also an option to see a timeline of that person's life!

 When we do research projects with our technology facilitator and media specialist, we spend a good deal of time getting our students to cite their sources.  Guess what-PebbleGo has a citation button making it even easier for students to get this information!

PebbleGo is a great way to get students into reading non-fiction passages.  I love to put my rising kindergartner on this site to learn about animals.  Oh, and there are some games too!

If your school or district is evaluating different programs to enhance your science and social studies curriculum, you should definitely check this out.  I heart PebbleGo!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Sigh...So Tired...

I just spent some time going through posts on my Google Reader account, and it seems like everyone is feeling the same way as I am-TIRED!  The sad part is that the students are not even here yet!  I have not posted since last Tuesday, as I have been busy setting up my classroom and keeping my little one entertained.  I'm happy with how things are looking in my new room, but I have no pictures to post.  I also have no pictures of the "Where Are We?' sign that I made for outside of my classroom.  I feel like such a slacker, when the truth is that I have barely had a chance to sit down.

Here are a few things that make me happy:

1.  My new pink silicone keyboard cover for my laptop-$1.15 and no shipping!
2.  The huge back-to-school sale on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I found some AWESOME resources and paid next to nothing.
3.  Having a husband who never complains when he has to hang some of the same materials every time that I have to move classrooms-there will be a special place in heaven for the spouses of teachers (of course he has nothing to complain about since I stopped asking him to hang the number line that went around my classroom).

Thanks for stopping by!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tech Tool Tuesday: Global Projects

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Let me start by addressing teachers in North Carolina.  My friend Darcy Grimes is NC's Teacher of the Year for 2012-2013.  She is an incredible third grade teacher from Watauga County.  During the upcoming school year she will be blogging about her experiences in this role.  Be sure to follow her here.  She is a voice for all of us!

My Tech Tool Tuesday spotlight is on global projects resources.  Earlier today I had to do a presentation on this topic for my district's annual Summer Institute (two days devoted to staff development with technology).  I was asked to share some resources for helping teachers make connections with classrooms around the country and around the world.  Here were some of the project sites that we shared:

1.  Flat Classroom Projects:  This group of projects, created by Vicki Davis  and Julie Lindsay, is based on the premise of Thomas Friedman's book The World is Flat.  Many forces have contributed to the "flattening" of our modern world, the biggest one being all of the developments in technology.  Vicki and Julie have created several large-scale projects for many different age groups.  Last year I had the privilege of participating in "A Week in the Life," where my students collaborated with classrooms from the US, Canada, Poland, and China.  We collaborated to create VoiceThreads and other presentations to examine some of the similarities and differences between our lives.  Topics covered included clothing, food and celebrations, school time, environment, housing and transportation, and leisure time.  It was a very big project, but it really opened our eyes to what life is like in different parts of the world.

2.  Skype in the Classroom:  Teachers who have project ideas or are looking for classrooms to connect through Skype should check this out!  There are many fun project ideas such as Mystery Skype (you Skype with a group and figure out their location based on clues), Weather at Your Location, and Skype Book Clubs.  This is a great place to find ideas for projects or connect with others.

3.  GlobalSchoolNet.org:  Similar to Skype in the classroom, this site has the option of choosing a project to join or to suggest your own.  The nice part of this collection is that it uses a variety of technology besides Skype.  Their goal is to connect students around the world!

4.  E-Pals:  Years ago, e-pals was started as a way to connect classrooms by having digital pen pals.  Today's E-Pals is a database of projects in addition to schools looking to make connections.  If you haven't been to E-Pals in a few years, be sure to go and check it out!

5.  Flat Stanley:  Do you remember Flat Stanley?  Students would create  flat versions of themselves, mail them out, and hope to hear something back from the receiver.  Today's Flat Stanley is a collection of project ideas to connect students around the globe.  Now you can blog about Stanley's travels to be more involved in his adventures. 

6.  Projects by Jen:  I learned about this collection of PreK-6 projects from a colleague.  There are a lot of fun project ideas including a Christmas card exchange, an Oreo data collection project, and a new one that has students collaborating as they study Louis and Clark and learn about the Louisiana Purchase.  These are a fun set of projects for young students!

I would love to hear about other projects that you have done in order to help your students gain global awareness and connect with others!












Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Made It and August Currently!

Hello all!  Every week I am so impressed with all of the things that other bloggy teachers are making.  Finally I have the chance to join in the linky fun with my first Monday Made It!  Stop by 4th Grade Frolics if you would like to link up!
This is nothing big, but my old classroom library is definitely in need of a Book Hospital.  I just hope that I can save all of the books that are admitted there!

I love this one!  I have tons of sets of flash cards, but I never can find what I need when I have a parent volunteer who is going to review facts with a student.  This can also be a center during math.  I currently have it set up for reviewing addition and subtraction facts to 18, but later I will have individual sets of multiplication flash cards.

Aren't these neat?  These are "algebra" dominoes-I saw these somewhere on Pinterest.  They remind me of what we do with Marcy Cook's balance tiles.  Students have to match up the end of the sticks based on the sums or differences.  I also made some for multiplication. 

Everyone seems to be making some sort of holder for No Name papers.  These are just magnets.  I found the wooden cutouts at Michael's and  painted them yellow.  I did the writing, covered them with Mod Podge, and then added a strong magnet.  Small, but useful!
I am also taking part in Farley's August Currently:
Be sure to stop by Oh Boy 4th Grade and link up!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Blog Spotlight, a Confession, and a Great Book

I am still a pretty new blogger, and I get so excited when people leave comments on my page.  Last night I received a comment from Alison at Teaching Maths with Meaning.  I stopped by her blog to thank her, and I was blown away but the math materials that she has!  She is a third grade teacher in Australia-how cool is that?  But what is even cooler is that she is giving away freebies of some of her creations.  Please show her some bloggy love and go check her out!

Now my confession...I have been unfaithful to my bookshelf.  My Shelfari says that I am reading Look Homeward, Angel and Teaching By Heart.  I really am reading those, but I'm just not that into them (one is for my book club, and the other was a non-required reading for my grad class).  So what have I been reading?  I was too embarrassed to add these to my Shelfari, but I recently finished:
Yes, you read those titles correctly.  Both were really funny books, and I would highly recommend any of Celia Rivenbark's books to any southerners or southern transplants with a sense of humor (just the titles of her books are hysterical).  It's summer, right?  I've read enough research this summer that I think I deserve some fun reading.  Give me clever humor over Fifty Shades of Grey any day.

No, those weren't my suggestion for a great book.  That would be the other book that I am reading:
Yep, that's Ron Clark from The Essential 55.  Our staff had to read it a few years ago, and you may have too.  His current book is about how he runs his school, Ron Clark Academy, in Atlanta.  I am REALLY enjoying this book.  He is so motivated to help children and will stop at nothing to help them.  Every school wants to be student-centered, and his truly is.  I also love the fact that not every story in the book is rosy-there are times when he was not able to help a student, and you can tell that it just tears him apart to even recall those situations.   This is a book that every teacher (and parent!) should read, as there are tips for everyone that touches the lives of children.

Although I am not embarrassed about reading this book, I still probably won't put it on the Shelfari because I am reading it so quickly!

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!!!!


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tech Tool Tuesday: Wix

I'm baaack!  It's only been a week, but it feels like it has been forever since I did a post.  First of all, I never announced the winner to my giveaway.  Congratulations to Kelly from An Apple for the Teacher.  Thank you to everyone who entered!  Now I know a little more about Rafflecopter and can't wait to use it again!


I wasn't able to give a lot of time to my giveaway because I wanted to finish it before I went out of town with my husband and daughter.  We spent several days in Halifax, Nova Scotia for a family wedding.  We had an incredible time seeing everyone, and my daughter was excited to have her first trip on an airplane!
 
Nova Scotia is a beautiful province, and the city of Halifax is a lot of fun.  Halifax Harbor has a lot of shopping and restaurants.  However one of my favorite things about Nova Scotia is fresh lobster!  We had a lobster dinner our last night there.  Delicious doesn't even begin to describe it.  My daughter, who likes most seafood, did not like her first taste of lobster.  Oh well, more for me!
 My inner Snoopy is doing a happy dance-not because of the lobster, but because my summer grad class is over!  Woo-hoo!  This gives me a few weeks to focus on back-to-school things (and blogging!).

Okay, on to Tech Tool Tuesday.  There are so many awesome tools out there that I was having trouble deciding on one!  I decided on Wix, one of my favorites!  This is a free website-building site, but I have used it many times for presentations.  It is not something that you would necessarily have your students use, but it can be used to create projects and presentations for the students.  Here is an example of a short project that I created for my class last year.  Isn't it pretty?  In case you aren't in the mood to go to the link, here is a picture of the home page.
You really need to go to the page to get the full effect of the clouds going across the screen.  Wix has a lot of little animations that can be added-the floating clouds was just one of the background choices!  I created a total of 5 pages with project options on each page.  Wix just lends itself to be used for presentations, and I have used it many times for project presentations in my class.  You can't download it, but you do get a URL that can easily be accessed.  To me, it is a fun alternative to a Glogster (a program that NEVER works for me).  Again I don't think that you would have your students creating their own Wix (our students are not given e-mail addresses), but the results of Wix creations are impressive.  Make one for your next staff presentation and listen to the oohs and aahs!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Tech Tool Tuesday: ZooBurst

 Today's tech tool is ZooBurst, which is an online site where students can make virtual pop-up books.
The basic ZooBurst site is free, but you can pay for an upgraded version or a school license.  The free account includes up to 10 created books, so students would have to collaborate if you were using the free version in your classroom.

It can be used as a presentation tool for young students.  There is a library of pictures to choose from, or you can upload your own.  Clicking on the arrow turns the "page" and then the pictures pop up.  The little speech bubbles can be clicked on in order to share more information.

I like ZooBurst because it can get young students using Web 2.0 tools.  They can easily write stories and add pictures.  If you have a SmartBoard, students can share their books with the class.  The stories could even be a part of a reading center at the Smart Board!

Here is my favorite part about ZooBurst...the upgraded versions have the capability of using Augmented Reality (this used to be free-I was disappointed that it isn't anymore).
How cool is this?  A student holds the QR code in front of the webcam, and then it looks like the student is holding the book!  Obviously we had some difficulty with holding the code still, but you get the idea.  I just think this site would motivate students to want to write and share stories.

The upgraded versions also allow students to record themselves reading the story.  This would be great for fluency practice!

What other ways would you use this site?

Don't forget to enter my giveaway!  It ends tonight!


  


Monday, July 23, 2012

Another Award and My First Giveaway


Thanks to Monica from Classroom Capers for the Liebster Award!  So what is a "Liebster?"....


This award is named for the German word "Liebster," which translates to "beloved" or "favorite," and it is given to "new, up and coming bloggers."  Yay, me!  I now have the beginning bloggers trifecta!

The rules:
1.  Link back to the person who gave it to you.
2.  Post the award to your blog.
3.  Give the award to at least 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers.
4.  Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award

 I am giving the award to...(imagine a drumroll)...


Destination: Knowledge

 You Might Be a First Grader

Mrs. Poutney's Ponderings


Our Future is Bright


Adventures in Third Grade

These are all very cool blogs-be sure to stop by and check them out!!!

Now presenting...MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


I have been feeling guilty that I have been getting so many followers without giving much in return.   I haven't even had time to do a post with real content in almost a week!  Anyway, I am giving away a $5.00 gift card to Target.  It's not much, but I know that some lucky teacher will enjoy using it in the Dollar Spot-have you seen all of their adorable stuff?  I spent a fortune today on pencils alone!  So this giveaway is a thank you, and also a chance for me to see how Rafflecopter works.  As always, thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm Feeling the Love!

A big thanks to Pam at PJ Jots for The Versatile Blogger award!  Two awards in  (about) two weeks-awesome!



Here are the rules for the Versatile Blogger Award:
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you
2. Include a link to their blog
3. Include the award image in your post
4. Give 7 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award
6. When nominating, include a link to their blog
7. Let other bloggers know they've been nominated

So here are 7 random facts about me.
1.  I am addicted to Chapstick and almost always have one in my right pocket.
2.  My favorite color is plaid (yes, I know it's not really a color-just go with it).
3.  My daughter's due date was 7/7/07-how cool is that?  She was born a week later on the 14th.
4.  I love watching tennis.
5.  I have no tattoos or unusual piercings (just my ears).
6.  I cannot stand little paper clips.
7.  I detest running, but I am thinking of training to do the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston (10k).  We'll see if I can do it!

 So here are my list of nominees:

Destination: Knowledge

Diving into Learning


From My Mixed Up Files


Fancy Free in Fourth

Teaching Special Kids


Okay, I don't have 15 nominees.  I have procrastinated my final leadership article reviews long enough and need to get back to work.

Be sure to check out some of these awesome blogs!



Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop

Janis at Grade Three is the Place for Me!  is having a newbie blogger blog hop.  As a relatively new blogger (and someone that loves third grade), I had to join in.  I hope that you will check out some of the other newbie bloggers!  For any other newbies, link up and tell everyone:

    1.  what state you are in

    2.  your current teaching position
    3.  your teaching experience
    4.  when you started blogging
    5.  share a blogging tip / blogging resource

Here is my list

1. I am originally from Buffalo, New York, but I now live in North Carolina.
2. I currently teach third grade.  To me, it is the perfect age to teach!
3. I taught second grade for two years, and have been teaching third grade for 15 years.
4. I started my blog in May, so I am definitely a newbie!
5.  My tip for new bloggers:  get out there and post!  I know that I still have a small following, but I have found that I gain more followers by being more active.  This includes leaving comments on other blogs.  You get out what you put in!

Courtney at 2nd Grade Snapshots is having a giveaway.  She is also a relatively new blogger, and she has some awesome stuff on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Be sure to stop by and check out her site!

I am up to 40 followers.  Can I make it to 50 by next week?????

Favorite Math Books Blog Hop

Another day, another blog hop! Donna at Math Coach's Corner is hosting "The Best Math Book I've Ever Read" linky. Some of my favorites are already on here. Be sure to add your favorites too!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Favorite Picture Books Linky

The Teacher Wife


I am crashing the party-the Must Have Picture Book Linky Party, hosted by The Teacher Wife. Here are a few of my favorites:

Rechenka's Eggs: I love everything Patricia Polacco, but this is one of my favorites. I read this every year at Easter and teach my students about Pysanky and their symbolism. I have a decorated egg that I share with my kids after reading the book. It is a sweet story, and the pictures are beautiful.








"You put your head in, you put your head out. You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around...that's all we could do."

This book Cracks.Me.Up. I read this during our soil unit. Love it!







With a name like Pinkney, it has to be good! I love The Talking Eggs. Jerry Pinkney's gorgeous illustrations steal the show in this Creole version of a Cinderella story.






Another Doreen Cronin book-it's an election year, and I know that I will be reading this aloud to my third graders. I love all of the little jokes that are dispersed throughout the book-Duck even plays saxophone on late night TV during his campaign-funny!







My kids always LOVE when we are learning figurative language, especially idioms! I always share A Chocolate Moose for Dinner and The King Who Rained. Even though I have to explain some of the sayings, it is still a lot of fun.




I can't wait to look over other lists and get some new read aloud ideas!