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Lesson of the Month


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.


February 2019 Grades 6-8 Lesson of the Month

This amazing book about freedom is beautifully written with many teachable moments for your ELAR classroom, while making meaningful connections to our country’s history. Enjoy this book with your middle school students as you share the true meaning behind the sweet smell of roses.


January 2019 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Burr it’s cold outside! Animals all around are scurrying to find a warm place to hide. Here is a great lesson using one of our all-time favorite read alouds, The Mitten by Jan Brett, to stretch out the middle of a story.


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!


January 2019 Grades 5-8 Lesson of the Month

A great way to start back from a long break is by letting your students engage in a fun piece with research! Students will choose an Arctic animal to research and then write a suspenseful riddle using the facts and information from their research.




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 […]


November 2018 K-1 Lesson of the Month

Objective: Students will summarize stories in terms of beginning, middle and end. Students will also retell the middle of the story. Materials: A Turkey for Thanksgiving by Eve Bunting Turkey Template and animal cards (see PDF download)  Copy paper Crayons or colored pencils Glue Expandable accordion folded summarizing framework (Beginning, Middle, End PDF download)  Procedures: […]