Category: read alouds

Why you need to change your read aloud books and how to find something new

The one about changing your read aloud books

Do you remember the read aloud books your teachers read to you? I didn’t have that many teachers who read aloud to us, especially as we got older. I remember in fourth grade, our teacher read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Island of the Blue Dolphins. In

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Image: stack of books, Text: Must Have Picture Books for Upper Elementary

The one with MUST HAVE picture books for upper elementary

I’ve always loved using novels in the classroom, but in more recent years, I’ve recognized the power of picture books. They’re short and easily have multiple ways to be used in the classroom. They can be inspirational and mentor texts. While virtual for most of 2020-2021, I relied heavily on

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Image: dog with glasses behind a pile of books, Text: Developing poetry readers and writers using love that dog, a verse novel

The one about engaged poetry readers and writers

It’s all about a dog. I mean, how can you look in those eyes and not fall desperately in love? This is why I loved creating a poetry unit for elementary around Love that Dog by Sharon Creech. First: gratuitous picture of my dog! ? Okay, but really, I’m here

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Image: Teacher reading to three students, Text: Planning Read Aloud Time

The one about planning read aloud time

First off, read aloud time is non-negotiable in my classroom. But how to fit it into an already packed schedule? Here’s what I’ve learned and how I adapted my schedule. This post may contain some affiliate links, which means if you click on one of the links and make a

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The one about Harry Potter in the classroom

I am 10,000% obsessed with Harry Potter. From the moment I started teaching, I kept looking for ways to incorporate this novel into my classroom. I really wanted to be able to show my students the magic of these books, even though it’s now so easy for them to have

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