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Today, I’m excited to share my new favorite Thanksgiving read-aloud, Balloons Over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, along with some ELA activities you can incorporate into your kindergarten, first grade, and second grade classrooms. (PS. I definitely think you could use them with your third graders, too!) I’ve talked a lot recently about the library of read-aloud activity sets that […]

Balloons Over Broadway Activities

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Educational Activities, ELA, first grade, holiday, Kindergarten, Literacy, November, Read Alouds, Read-Alouds, Reading, Second Grade, Teach, Thanksgiving, Vocabulary, writing

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Today, I’m sharing TWENTY of my favorite Thanksgiving books and activities that will fit right into your curriculum whether you teach kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. Each book shown below matches with a set of paired activities, so that your lesson plans are ready to roll and you can simply teach!  They’re Common Core […]

20 Thanksgiving Books and Activities

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Educational Activities, ELA, Fall, first grade, holiday, Literacy, November, Read Alouds, Read-Alouds, Reading, Second Grade, Teach, Thanksgiving, Vocabulary, writing

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Hey! Welcome to Day Five of Celebrate Reading on The Inspired Apple!  This month has kicked off strong, with lots of ideas, activities, and even a giveaway that are ALL related to reading!  Today, we’re going to talk about setting up a Guest Reader Program in your classroom. My kindergarteners and first graders absolutely LOVED […]

Setting Up a Guest Reader Program in Your Classroom

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Eeeh! It’s one of my favorite times of year to be a teacher. I just eat up a good theme, particularly around Thanksgiving. #punintended This post is all about turkeys and includes FIVE free turkey activities! Just look for the pink text throughout this post to see what you can snag! First up is a toooooooon […]

Turkey Activities for the Primary Classroom

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crafts, Fact or Fiction, Facts, Freebie, informational text, Math, November, Read Alouds, Read-Alouds, Reading, Science, Thanksgiving, Vocabulary

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Are you looking for a great alternative to writing lengthy book reports that is engaging, fun, and perfect for kiddos in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade? Check out this condensed book report idea where students can write a simplified book review! Included are templates, photographs and easy-to-follow directions that are a cinch for teachers […]

Book Report Alternative: Favorite Book Love Notes

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Are you looking for a great alternative to writing lengthy book reports that is engaging, fun, and perfect for kiddos in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade? Check out this condensed book report idea where students can write a simplified book review! Included are templates, photographs and easy-to-follow directions that are a cinch for teachers […]

Book Report Alternative: Reader Review Bookmarks

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ELA, March, Read Across America, Read-Alouds, Reading, Teach, writing

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Are you looking for a great alternative to writing lengthy book reviews that is engaging, fun, and perfect for kiddos in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade? Check out this condensed book report idea where students can write a simplified book review! Included are templates, photographs and easy-to-follow directions that are a cinch for teachers […]

Book Report Alternative: If This Book Could Talk

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ELA, Lesson Plans, March, Read Across America, Read-Alouds, Reading, writing

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Are you looking for a great alternative to writing lengthy book reviews that is engaging, fun, and perfect for kiddos in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade? Check out this condensed book review idea where students can not only provide a quick review, but it includes EMOJIS! #everythingisbetterwithhearteyes #amiright GIANT-SIZED EMOJI BOOKMARKS Included are […]

Book Report Alternative: Emoji Bookmarks

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Are you looking for a great alternative to writing lengthy book reports that is engaging, fun, and perfect for kiddos in first, second, third, fourth, and fifth grade? Check out this condensed book report idea where students can write a simplified book review! Included are templates, photographs and easy-to-follow directions that are a cinch for teachers […]

Book Report Alternative: Tabbed Books

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ELA, Key Details, Read Across America, Read-Alouds, Reading, Small Group

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Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to celebrate reading, books, or for an alternative to boring old book reports?! Then, you MUST check out these SIX incredible activities for doing just that!  Your students in kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, or fifth grade will love spotlighting their favorite books […]

Read Across America Ideas!

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