Women's History Month: Great Read Alouds

Women's History Month

Are you looking for some great alouds for this month?
Here are some great picture books for you!

Get your Amazon fingers ready because you want these books in your classroom library!

I Dissent is a great book about the life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Supreme Court Justice.  When she grew up, girls were not expected to go to college and especially not become lawyers.

This a gentle book about the adventures of a pink hat.  It does not mention the Women's March exactly but alludes to it at the end.

This is a book written by Chelsea Clinton about 13 amazing American women who made great contributions to the world.

 This is a book another book written by Chelsea Clinton about 13 amazing International women who made great contributions to the world.

OK This is my latest and favorite title!  
Turning Pages: My Life Story is 
written by Sonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Justice.  
It talks about the role books played throughout her life.  
As shown on the cover, the illustrator interspersed text within the pictures.

At literacy night at our school,  I read the book aloud and then we did an art activity using the text of the constitution, an image of the Supreme Court, 
an image of her face and an image of her in her judge's robes.  
Here are some examples!

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Valentine's help!

Valentine's Day help!

Here are some great resources for Valentine's Day!!

STEM Challenges

Do you enjoy STEM challenges? I know my kids do! Here are a couple things you can do with your kids for Valentine's day!

Are you looking for fun, easy STEM challenges to use with The Day It Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond? Look no further! I created this packet with two easy STEM Challenges: a winter bird feeder and dancing hearts.The winter bird feeder is great for teaching life science where the dancing hearts activity is great for physical science. This product begins with a short blurb about why use STEM at all. Then I review the standards this addresses and for which grades (K-2). I added the design challenge for each activity and the recording sheet for the kids. Have fun with the kids!

Cumulative Plot Structure

Looking for something to do with Language Arts? Just in time for Valentines Day! Teach your students about cumulative plot structure (aka toppling stories) and then have them write mini-books! They can share them with little ones! Afterwards there is a fun science activity you can do with candy hearts. Enjoy!

This product contains:

-An explanation of the craft
-A list of books you can use with it
-How I used it in my class
-A graphic organizer to analyze the story structure of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose
-A Valentine word bank
-A Brainstorming sheet in color and B&W
-A planning sheet for their writing
-A feedback sheet for reviewing each others' writing
-Sheets to copy to make the mini-books
-Science lesson with candy hearts

My kids had so much fun doing all the activities. We finished it up with reading their books to Kindergarteners!

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.


Looking for a quick activity to do with your kids? Maybe something you can put up as a bulletin board? Here you go!

Three versions:
I love...
Things I love...
Favorite Valentine's day book, song, movie

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Goal setting for the New Year: One Word

One Word

I'm sure you've seen them all over Instagram and Facebook:  One word.  What one word is going to focus you for 2019?  

There is even a website you can log it in and get ideas.  It's a way to focus and center yourself.  As oneword365 says, "It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your year, but also you. It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps." 

If you'd like to have your students be intentional this year, here is a free Google slideshow that you can use.  Just make a copy to your drive first and share that copy with your students.  

You can create one slide show and just make a slide for each student or give each kid their own copy (Schoology).   Just click here to go to the Google slide show and get your copy.. 

Google slideshow tip:
Sometimes you need to organize or layer images.  Just click: 
Command, shift, up (or down ) arrow
That will move your image forward or back.  

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