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April 2019 Grades K-2 Lesson of the Month

This month, the K-2 book is brought to you from space! Enjoy this fun story read by astronaut Scott Kelly. Your students will love how this book comes to life as it floats around inside the space shuttle.


March 2019 Grades K-1 Lesson of the Month

This month, engage your littles with this fun lesson on how their leprechaun escaped the trap! Using the No-Go words from Empowering Writers, your students will use powerful vocabulary with this fun topic that is easily differentiated for everyone in your class.


March 2019 Grades 2-4 Lesson of the Month

These books have quickly become a popular addition to many classroom libraries. This month, whether you are preparing for a state test or not, take advantage of reviewing homophones their, there, and they’re while your students write paragraphs that use exciting transitions to tell how they would capture a leprechaun. You’ll love this lesson using this fun and adorable read aloud!


February 2019 Grades 3-5 Lesson of the Month

This time of year can become a little stressful trying to cram in as many skills and strategies as possible, in preparation for state testing. Students, as well as teachers, start to feel the stress level rising. In order to build in some social-emotional learning, this lesson will offer your students the language they might need to express their emotions. Build in plenty of time to discuss their emotions and allow students a chance to build an awareness for how they’re feeling. You will love this writing lesson that can be utilized in your reading block as well!


February 2019 Grades K-2 Lesson of the Month

Let’s start this month off by spreading a little love and kindness to those around us! This adorable book is sure to be a hit with your little sweeties while teaching us that it’s ok to be different and that everyone is uniquely loveable.



January 2019 Grades 2-4 Lesson of the Month

It seems as teachers, that as we collect years of experience we also assemble a library of classic stories that we love to use each year! This month’s lesson uses an all time favorite winter read aloud – The Mitten by Jan Brett with a new and exciting lesson to try!


December 2018 Grades 2-4 Lesson of the Month

What student doesn’t love a little friendly competition?? Engaging our students and teaching them to love to read and write is one of the biggest challenges we as teachers face. With this book,  Reindeer of the Year, your students won’t be able to put their pencils down, as they convince you, that their reindeer is […]


November 2018 Lesson of the Month

Lesson of the Month:  Summarizing an expository piece Objective: Students summarize an expository piece using the summarizing framework and write an extended summary statement using informative verbs. The verbs can also be used to write informative sentences for reading response journals. Materials: Possible expository books: What Happens in Autumn by Suzanne Venino As the Earth […]