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Kim Parker
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Have You Read This? The King's Taster
This book was brought to my attention several years ago- it was a KC3 Award Nominee (an award sponsored by The Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians). There is a list of about 10 books each year and students in third grade read or listen to t...

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Earth Day!Compost Stew C
What do you do to promote conservation and the care of our environment? A great start is to educate our students about the simple things they can start doing today to make conservation a way of life! I want to share some ideas for teaching these concepts in...

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How I Turned My LEAST Favorite Time of the Day Around
Dismissal. My absolute least favorite time of the day. 10 minutes or so of what has the potential to become total chaos. Anyone else out there feel that way? For years- even after tirelessly practicing our end of the day procedures- those last 10-15 minutes...

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Have You Read This? A Castle on Viola Street
When I was at the library the other day I happened on two "new to me" books. First I picked up A Castle on Viola Street by Dyanne DiSalvo. I was familiar with Dyanne DiSalvo's work- as her story City Green was one that I really enjoyed in our reading anthol...

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Food Chains- Teacher Time Saver!
A few weeks ago I published a post with books to use if you are teaching a unit on food chains.  I love finding great books to go along with different units of study- it is one of my favorite teachery things to do!  So after coming up with the list of food ...

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Books to Teach Food Chains
Do you teach food chains? I have compiled a list of books you might want to check out! This first one would be GREAT to kick off your unit- it is a fiction book that is filled with humor... Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds This book tells the story of three lon...

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Attention Pet Lovers- this Book is a Must Read!
The public library is one of the spots I frequent. I always like to browse through the children's area after I have finished getting the specific books I made the trip for. Yesterday when I was browsing I came upon a real GEM, especially for anyone that lov...

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Stained Glass Ornaments
Happy December! Hope this holiday season finds you feeling joyful and blessed! Today I want to share an easy, fun, engaging holiday ornament project. Not only is this ornament easy to complete, but it is very inexpensive! Win-win! The process to complete th...

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Drip! Drop! Teaching the Water Cycle!
Do you teach the water cycle in your science instruction? If so- here are 5 books you might want to check out... The Water Cycle a Bobby Kalman book Did a Dinosaur Drink This Water by Robert E. Wells All the Water in the World by George Ella Lyon and Kather...

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Holiday Math Card Game Fun!
An elementary classroom in December is an exciting place to be! Kiddos are so full of energy and excitement- sometimes it is hard to contain it all! Educational games are a great way to keep kids engaged and learning all the way up to Winter Break.  One gam...
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