May 29, 2020

Back to School | A Lesson on Hand Washing

Photo | United Nations 

I'm not sure about you, but I love a good "fact list" and if you're like me you're in luck - I rounded up one for you about hand washing.
  • Germs can survive for up to 3 hours on your hands.
  • Your hands spread 1,000x more when they're wet than when they're dry.
  • 1 germ can multiply into 8 million germs in one day.
  • Nearly 80% of all illness-causing germs are spread by your hands.

Want more interesting/gross facts about hand washing?

  • 1 in 5 people don't wash their hands - and of those that do, 30% of them use soap.
  • When you don't wash your hands, you transfer germs to the foods and drinks you eat.
  • The number of germs on your hands double after using the toilet.
  • There are between 2 - 10 million bacteria on your fingertips and elbows.

We all know hand washing is important and now amid Covid-19 there's even more of an emphasis on not just doing it, but doing it correctly. Reported in May, the *United States has shown more than 100,000 Coronavirus deaths and that number is astonishing. It represents people - not just numbers - and should be a reminder to us all about the seriousness and importance behind preventative hand washing.

a hand washing emphasis at school

As schools reopen and campuses begin to fill with children and staff it's ever more important that measures are in place to keep everyone healthy. This means a constant discussion with students about hand washing and to be diligent about how students are washing their hands.

Instead of just instructing students, it's really important to involve them in the process of it. The more we're able to get kids doing the washing, but also sharing the information on how to wash hands correctly are we going to see a different in their abilities to do it. Also, it's going to be something we'll be teaching day in and day out all year.

Hand Washing Experiment

A great addition to any hand washing lesson is the good 'ole pepper experiment. It's a great visual for kids to see how germs (being the ground pepper in this case) react to disinfectant like soap. Gather the materials to do an in-classroom experiment or preview this video together:

Informative Writing

To help blend students' learning to this newfound need to inform and protect against germs and Covid-19, I've created this intro activity to informative writing! At the beginning of the year in kindergarten, students are just beginning to really focus on a number of writing skills such as proper pencil grip, fine motor control, and letter formation. The beginning of the year is also a great time to introduce mentor texts so students can learn with real-life authors and pieces of work to practice their own craft.

To launch writing this upcoming year I'm preparing to blend it with our theme of health and safety. Before students begin writing, we'll naturally spend the weeks leading up with read alouds, shared writing experiences, and discussions about germs and hand washing. Once students have built up enough schema, or background knowledge, on the subject they then will become the expert and share their thinking with others.

Hand washing posters

In this How To Writing: Washing Hands resource I've included everything you'll need to launch a successful lesson that introduces informative writing about washing hands. At this point students would have a variety of experiences related to washing hands and will be ready for their first major writing project!

Included are a set of step-by-step posters that can not only be used during this lesson, but are great to post in your classroom at the sink area or near your door should you not have a sink in your room. Here's how I recommend you use them:

Kindergarten - 1st Grade 
For the lower grades I created posters that only have 3 steps and the final step can be interchanged depending on preference of the process. Either way, the steps include:
  • wet your hands and apply soap
  • scrub hands for 20 seconds
  • rinse and dry hands

2nd Grade - 5th Grade
For upper grades you can easily add in an extra step to extend their comprehension and writing. This will include:
  • wet your hands and apply soap
  • scrub for 20 seconds
  • rinse and dry your hands
  • throw away towel

Differentiated Writing Pages

This resource is aimed for kindergarten writers, but can easily be adapted for students who are further along in their writing abilities or even first grade. All pages are differentiated to provide a variety of ways in which students can write out their thinking.

These pages can be used as a means of practice after a whole group lesson with the teacher modeling each step. Or they can be used as a part of a shared writing experience in whole or small groups. I created two different styles - one being for beginning writers who use pictures or beginner to moderate writers using pictures and invented spelling for each step.

For later in the year or for older grades these other pages can be used which include 1 extra step so that students write in a traditional way using their retelling words: first, then, next, last. This is a great way to bridge their learning across reading and writing.

I hope you find this resource to be helpful as we all navigate a new school year!

May 27, 2020

Back to School and Covid-19 | Germ Activities and Lessons

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The school year is coming to a close for a lot of teachers - our own last day is June 12th with a virtual kindergarten graduation and car parade to celebrate the most unreal year ever.

As preparations are being made for the last day and cleaning and packing up classrooms, it's also a time many teachers are beginning to look ahead. Next year is going to look and feel a lot different than any year before - face coverings, social distancing, contained classrooms, and staggered start times are just a few of the different ideas being floated around. For my school a lot of decisions have yet to be made - or at the very least, shared.

What we can all bank on is the emotional toll distance learning, isolation, and quarantine has put on our youngest learners. Heck, there's an emotional toll for every single adult, parent, and teacher out there! This is why I think it's so important for us to be vigilant about how we kick off this next year.

Easing the worry amid Covid-19

It's not easy to think about what next year could look like for classrooms across the country. But, what remains true though any pandemic or tragic circumstance is that teachers rise to take care of their students. That's why I created this Coronavirus BTS Germs Activity + Discussion resource for K-2 classrooms.

The purpose is to help teachers begin having these discussions at the start of the year, but in a way that is age appropriate and lends itself to lessons we would normally have. Let's take a peek at what's included!

I Can Classroom Posters

To help conceptualize the concepts being taught in these lessons I will use these posters that I can then display in the classroom year round. I anticipate having to refer and reinforce these all year long so having them in a convenient and prominent place in the classroom will be most helpful.

Going back to school amid Covid-19 can bring on a number of emotions. Help students transition back with this unit on Covid-19 and ways to stay healthy! See more at

What posters are included?
  • I can wear a mask.
  • I can stop germs by cleaning my hands (referring to washing and using hand sanitizer).
  • When I feel sick I can stay home.
  • I can learn/play at a distance (each poster references a distance recommendation of 6 feet).
  • I can stay healthy by checking for fever.

CDC Aligned Explanations

This biggest piece about discussing Covid-19 when schools reopen is having current and factual information. The main source of this information should come from the Center of Disease Control (CDC) and that's exactly what I used for these posters.

The CDCs website gives recommended ways to factually discuss Covid-19 to children and it's to keep it short and simple. The emphasis should be on that it is a new disease that has made a lot of people sick (fact) and that scientists and doctors are working hard to find a vaccine and keep people healthy (fact).

This lends to a discussion about how we can do our part to keep our family at home and us at school healthy!

Going back to school amid Covid-19 can bring on a number of emotions. Help students transition back with this unit on Covid-19 and ways to stay healthy! See more at

Sick Simon Read Aloud & Activity

There are a ton of read alouds on the topic of germs and the importance of washing hands, but washing hands is only 1 way out of many that we must protect ourselves from Covid-19 while at school.

I fell quickly in love with Sick Simon by Dan Krall.

It's the story of a little boy, Simon, who loves school so much that even if he's sick he wants to make it. We begin to notice some big symptoms that Simon is sick and should stay home - with the moral of the story being that a) it's gross and b) he's putting others at risk. Simon learns that he's actually the virus' hero because he continues to go to school when he's sick. Horrified, he makes the best choice and learns how to prevent the spread by washing his hands, staying home to rest, and limiting his contact with other people.

It's a silly story that drives home the very important message that when we're feeling sick (especially right now with the concerns over Coronavirus) we can make safer choices.

Going back to school amid Covid-19 can bring on a number of emotions. Help students transition back with this unit on Covid-19 and ways to stay healthy! See more at

Safe and Unsafe Choices

Much like any activity at back to school (i.e. good behavior choices and poor ones), this activity allows students to think about the story, and our current situation, and sort choices that are safe or unsafe.

Safe choices include:
  • check for fever, cover my coughs, go to the doctor, play at a distance, wash hands
Unsafe choices include:
  • not wear a mask, touch my face, cough or sneeze without covering, play in big groups

Writing Prompts

Going back to school amid Covid-19 can bring on a number of emotions. Help students transition back with this unit on Covid-19 and ways to stay healthy! See more at

Making safe choices, much like behavior, exists whether we are at school or at home. The important message through this unit is for students to understand that these choices will help everyone remain safe since Covid-19 wants YOU to be their germ hero like Simon in the story.

Additional activities include these writing prompts!

Going back to school amid Covid-19 can bring on a number of emotions. Help students transition back with this unit on Covid-19 and ways to stay healthy! See more at

The first one is a simple writing of one way students can make a choice to be safe with the I Can Be Safe at School/Home.... These choices match the ones from the sorting activity. They begin by tracing the beginning of the sentence then choose which way they can stay safe at home or school. Students can choose to phonetically spell their choice or simply copy the words beneath the picture.

Going back to school amid Covid-19 can bring on a number of emotions. Help students transition back with this unit on Covid-19 and ways to stay healthy! See more at

The second writing activity is I Wear a Mask Because... I wanted to include this reflection because masks have become commonplace and the most notable change to how schools will reopen. Masks can be scary for some kids and there may be an unwillingness to wear one at first. By discussing this head-on and building comfort around why we wear one, the goal is that the masks are understood as a way to stay healthy and protect others.

I have 2 girl and 2 boy templates as well as a blank one. There are so many different ways to use them! Simply have students choose which template they want and to color it after their own image or use the blank one for them to draw a portrait. Another idea can be to take a photo of the students wearing their masks and print them out for them to cut and glue to their writing.

The goal

The mission and goal of this resource is to not skirt around the newfound regulations of schools reopening or be scared to have the necessary conversations with students concerning Covid-19. Even though things are beginning to reopen, another surge may be imminent and we must all do our part to be informed and make healthy choices.

I hope you find this Coronavirus resource to be helpful in your classrooms as you begin to plan for what next year will look like. I also hope you all stay safe and continue to be the shining light in all of this! 

I Tried Literati Sprout and Here's How It Went

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When this whole Coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. and schools began closing it was surreal. It meant a lot of things, most of which being having my preschooler home full-time and without his daily schedule and routines of going to school. This also meant that I all of a sudden had to adjust to working/teaching from home via Zoom. One of the ways in which I keep the connection going with my kinders is by hosting a daily Zoom bedtime story reading called Bonne Nuit, Miss. Kelly (which, of course, translates to Goodnight, Miss. Kelly).

I'm thankful that I still have access to our school's library, which helps provide me with the books needed for my weekly distance learning lessons as well as my bedtime stories. However, after a few weeks and I read through them I'm in need of more books to share. Meanwhile, I have my own son I'd like to keep interested in reading while quarantined - so where do I find more books?

Literati was my answer.

Literati has been the best subscription we've found during our stay-at-home quarantine. Being a teacher, it also means I have more books at home to share with my students! See how it's been working for us and why everyone needs to try it!

I've heard of Literati through social media advertisements and I loved the concept. 5 books selected based on your child's age and interests and sent once a month for them to enjoy for a week. Afterwards, you purchase the ones you want and send the others back just to receive 5 more the next month.

So, I thought for $9 why not give it a try?

What is Literati?

Great question! Literati is a female founded and owned company based out of Austin, Texas that aims to inspire and encourage the love of reading to our youngest people! What's even better is that their selection of books are based off of "themes" versus just a random selection. This is intentional as it brings awareness and inspires conversations about your child's interests.

Subscriptions are based on age groups (0-12) and run from Neo (newborns), Sprout (3-5), Nova (5-7), Sage (7-9), and Phoenix (9-12). What's great about this is that each set of books are age appropriate and allow children to have exposure to a variety of authors, stories, and experiences - many of which are bestsellers and even a few are Literati exclusive!

Literati has been the best subscription we've found during our stay-at-home quarantine. Being a teacher, it also means I have more books at home to share with my students! See how it's been working for us and why everyone needs to try it!

For my own 4 year old I started with a Sprout subscription, which are books aimed for 3-5 year olds. So far (we've received 2 shipments so far) I've really enjoyed the selection for him! He has a deep interest in robots and machines, so it's been great seeing how Literati has managed to find books that stick to their "theme" and incorporate robots!

Inside This Month's Box:

This month's box was full of five titles that we ended up keeping two! I've seen across Instagram that other people have fallen in love with this set of books, too!
  • Color Blocked 
  • Have You Seen Elephant? 
  • If Apples Had Teeth 
  • I See, I See
  • Bob & Rob and Corn on the Cob 
I really enjoyed each of these stories and it was great having the week to share them! By the end of our week we decided to keep Color Blocked and Have You Seen Elephant? Those two, in particular, were a favorite of Greyson's. I loved how interactive Color Blocked was while teaching about colors. The illustrations were beautiful and the story was fun and has been on rotation since we received it! Have You Seen Elephant? is another beautiful story of a simple game of hide and seek. I've been wanting to include more multicultural texts at home as well as use them as mentor texts in the classroom.

Literati has been the best subscription we've found during our stay-at-home quarantine. Being a teacher, it also means I have more books at home to share with my students! See how it's been working for us and why everyone needs to try it!


The awesome thing about Literati is that they seriously do the bargain book hunting for you. Not only do they provide you with awesome books each month to enjoy (or keep!), they make purchasing them super easy and straightforward. Everyone knows that Amazon fulfills almost everything so naturally it would be your first stop to price check each book. However, Literati does it for you!

On their pricing page they list the Amazon price and beats it! Also, there are always books included in your box that are not fulfilled by Amazon. But, at the end of the day the choice is yours - keep the ones you want, or don't, and ship them all back using their mailing box and prepaid return labels!

Ready to try Literati?

Head on over to Literati's website or grab my referral link right here to try it for yourself! I promise it's going to be a fun subscription and especially during quarantine their light blue boxes bring so much excitement and magic for such an uncertain time. 

Why use my referral link? It instantly gives us both a $5 credit towards your box! It's just a great way to save some cash. If you have any questions, feel free to pop them right in the comments!

Happy reading!

May 13, 2020

Language Skills: Question Words

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Being able to ask and understand questions is a cornerstone in any language. As an ELA teacher at French-American school, I get the unique opportunity to not only teach English to my students (a passion of mine!), but I get a glimpse as to how the French language is taught - which is fascinating. There's so much to learn and I love working where everyday brings something new and is an education, myself.

One of the first skills that are being explored at the beginning of the year in kindergarten are Speaking & Listening skills and Language. There are a number of different objectives within this domain, but the first one we'll tackle (and the one I'm sharing today) is being able to identify and understand question words.

These question words include:
  • who
  • what
  • when
  • where
  • why
  • how

To introduce this concept I love use mentor texts or read alouds. They are a wonderful way to reinforce the context by using real life author examples! Some of my favorites to include during this unit are:

Who: references a person or people
For this question word we can bring students' attention to the characters in a story. Any read aloud with strong characters and character traits will be best! Here are a couple of my favorites for the beginning of the year:

  • The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. This is a great story for those perfectionist students we often get in our classrooms! It's a great story that highlights the "who" in a story - in this case Beatrice. She has so many character traits that are easy to pick out for little learners.
  • Ruby Finds a Worry. This is a great book with a female lead character who navigates a new emotion: worry. It not only helps identify the "who" in a story, but is a great reinforcer of what to do when a worry sneaks in.
  • Ravi's Roar. Another great story from the author of Ruby above and a part of the Big Bright Feelings series. Ravi learns to identify and manage his feelings and makes for a great "who" identifier for this question word.

What: specifies something
  • What Should Darla Do? This is a "choose your own adventure" story, which is sure to delight young readers! Darla wants to become an astronaut and the reader must help her make good choices in order to reach her goal. This is also a great story to read with your Hopes and Dreams lesson!
  • What Should Danny Do? Same authors as the Darla series (and Danny is cousins with Darla) also writes a similar story with Danny!
  • TuesdayThis is a great story because there really is no story to tell - that is, with words. I love that students get to interpret what they want from the illustrations and determine "what" the frogs and animals are doing.
  • David Goes to School. A favorite amongst everyone! This story opens the discussion of what David does and the consequences he faces for those actions. Another great book to read at the beginning of the year to reinforce positive behaviors.

When: references a time or circumstance
Similar to "who", these read alouds for "when" will help students identify the time (time of day, past/present, etc.) or circumstance (the setting, at a party, etc.) of a story.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This is a great intro, and familiar story, for students to learn "when" with days of the week.
  • The Good Egg. This book is a great way to ask students to identify what they can do "when" they feel overwhelmed like the Good Egg in the story. The egg learns that he can meditate, relax, and even paint to help relieve some of the stress he's feeling.

Where: references a place or position
Teaching to "where" can lend itself to more than just the setting in a book (although, a great place to start). I love expanding on this idea of "where" to include prepositional words like: above, below, beside, etc. Here are a few books that incorporate both!
  • Where the Wild Things Are.
  • Yellow Ball. A great picture book that tells of the adventures of a missing ball that goes missing - yet finds its way home. The text features positional words that describe place and position.
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt. This popular song is in story form in this favorite children's book! The text features prepositional words as the reader has to navigate around obstacles on their bear hunt.
  • Up, Down, and Around. This story features "where" words while hanging out in the garden. Also a great book during a seeds & plants unit!

Why: specifies for what reason or purpose
This is another question word that lends itself to so many wonderful read alouds! It also happens to be a question that young kids ask, themselves, the most. Encourage their curiosity with these fun stories:
  • Why Should I...series.
  • Why? This tells the story of a friendship between Bear and his curious friend, Rabbit, who is always asking him questions. 
  • The Day the Crayons Quit. This story is a humorous tale that presents the problem of Duncan's crayons quitting! In the story, they leave him little goodbye notes, which is a great way to discuss why each color decided to leave.

How: references a way or manner
You can go in a variety of directions with introducing the word "how." It can be literal with "how-to" books (and even lending itself to informative writing!)
  • My Mouth is a Volcano. This is another great story for the beginning of the year because it helps students learn how they can control their impulse to interrupt!
  • How to Catch a Mermaid. A fun "how-to" story that is sure to speak to all the girls in class! This helps students identify the way or manner in which someone can catch a mermaid! This series also includes how to catch a: unicorn, dinosaur, dragon, and monster for learning all throughout the year!
  • How to Read a Story. This is another great read for the beginning of the year and having students learn to identify how they can enjoy reading all year long.
  • How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow. The world experiences a problem when the sun and clouds, best friends, get into an argument and refuse to be in the same day together. because of this, rainbows no longer have the chance to shine and therefore the colors start disappearing! Students learn about perseverance and teamwork as the crayons help save the day!

Question Words Practice

In this resource you'll find our question words as an independent activity. Students practice writing these words and using them in a sentence. It's simple practice that can be done as a whole group, small group, or centers. Introduce the words once a day or all at once - up to you! They can even be used as homework practice as well.

Using graphic organizers to chart thinking

I love introducing graphic organizers to my littles in kindergarten and this can be easily modeled and used throughout the year to think about their reading. Of course, in kindergarten it's important to model and practice before expecting students be able to use it on their own. I would use this as a resource during my whole group teaching or even print it using a poster printer, laminate, and use throughout the year. For the older grades, you can model it then have it in a center or during independent work. It really comes down to your grade and needs of your class.

Last, but not least...posters!

To complete this Question Words resource I've included these simple and minimalistic posters to use during your lessons and to display in your classroom. They feature the main question words: who, what, when, where, why, and how as well as a poster for the punctuation: question mark. In kindergarten we don't really begin using them, just periods, but it's almost a have-to during a question words unit. At the very least, an honorable mention ;)

Happy teaching!

May 7, 2020

The Flat Teacher Project

Have you jumped on the Bitmoji bandwagon yet? It's been one of the fairly recent trends that have hit classrooms everywhere and I'm just now discovering how to implement them myself. There are a TON of ideas already out there and I'm amazed at the creativity of fellow teachers who are using them to make their learning/classrooms more personalized.

One activity that I've always looked forward to in kindergarten (and even 2nd grade) has been our Flat Stanley unit. When I taught public school and had to incorporate a geography objective into our year, Flat Stanley was an easy way to do it - plus the kids really enjoyed it! Because I only teach ELA, I no longer have a reason use this unit. Such a bummer! But, with every classroom transitioning to distance learning, I've found a new way to connect with my kids and sprinkle a little Flat Stanley into our learning.

...but, instead of Flat Stanley...'s Flat Miss. Kelly!

Introducing Flat Teacher

One amazingly brilliant idea that has been floating around has been Flat Teacher. So many teachers around the country are using Bitmoji, their personalized emoji, and sending them to their students during quarantine. I love that there are so many ways to interpret this idea that fits the needs of every classroom. Today, I'm going to share with you how Flat Miss. Kelly is not only visiting homes and adventuring with students, but she's inspiring their writing, too.

For the last couple of a weeks our class has been working hard on building sentences and learning the elements of a sentence. We've watched videos together, unscrambled sentences, and they are beginning to write their own! To keep the momentum going, and offer up some variety in their activities, why not send them a little piece of me to spend time with?!

The plan is that over the course of 2 weeks students will spend time with my Flat Teacher and sharing their lives with it. It's a great way to remain connected, but give them the opportunity to share about their interests in a new way. After spending a week together, taking and sharing pictures, the second week will be all about using those experiences to create a sentence (or paragraph for older kids).

Creating your stickers

Bitmojis are so easy to make and use! Just a simple search on Pinterest will ignite so much inspiration you'll find yourself wanting to plaster yourself on everything. No, really.

All you need to do is create a free account at They'll prompt you to download their app for your phone or install an extension for your browser. Once you've done that, you can begin to build your avatar. This is the fun part because there's so many varieties of hair, makeup, clothing, and accessories to choose from. Once you're finished, your saved avatar will immediate populate into the thousands of sticker you see everyone using. Now, you're ready to insert your Bitmoji into my resource!

Adding your Flat Teacher

This step is as simple as dragging and dropping.

Once you've unzipped my product you'll notice there are two documents: a PDF and a .ppt file. I did that purposefully as to have you use the .ppt to edit and customize your own Flat Teacher Project that will be sent to your families.

When you open the .ppt you will see each that each slide has some blank spaces. You've probably guessed that those blank spaces are where you add your own text or Flat Teacher and you would be right! At this point, all you need to do is add text boxes where you'd like text to be and add images of your Flat Teacher wherever you'd like.

Tip: I recommend enlarging the version of the Bitmoji you would like your students to print and take with them during the activity. Having a small Flat Teacher runs the risk of not being seen in photos or getting lost.

Along with your Flat Teacher, I have these optional parent letters and student poem explaining the project. On these slides you'll once again drag and drop your Bitmoji stickers to make what you're sending to families a little more personalized. You can always place a text box over the "Dear kindergartners" and write in your own greeting. I've also included the names of the fonts I've used so you can seamlessly add your own text!


Happy creating!

May 5, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Sale | May 5-6

This school year, every teacher everywhere has experienced something pretty unprecedented. In a moments notice we all had to adapt to a new way of teaching meanwhile stepping up and being present for our students and their families. It was a fast and furious few weeks of trainings, meetings, and navigating new online tools like Zoom, Google Classroom, and Seesaw.

For me, we closed beginning March 13th. We didn't even finish the week with our students, which in a lot of ways looking back was heartbreaking. I wish I had just one more moment with my students, a moment to gather the tools and resources necessary to take my classroom online, and a moment to mentally ready myself for what the next few weeks would bring.

Closing schools also meant a closed school for my preschooler. So, as many can imagine, moving forward into this new normal was a challenge from the start and it often left me feeling like I was burning the candle at both ends. However, as I write this now (more than a month into distance learning) I realize I wasn't alone. Nonetheless, I buckled up and got to work; planning, Zooming, FaceTiming, emailing, and coordinating. Within a weekend my colleagues and I were not so ready to immediately implement a distance learning program for our kinders, but it was expected. We've since been refining and adapting our program and it's finally looking, and feeling, like it's working. Not ideal, but working.

I mention all of this because of the extra importance behind Teacher Appreciation Week coming up. This is a time to really thank and appreciate the teachers in our lives. This years' appreciation week definitely looks and feels differently, but you can nevertheless support your teachers in a lot of new ways considering these newfound circumstances.

Teachers Pay Teachers Sale

If you're a fellow teacher and looking for new resources for your online classroom, Teachers Pay Teachers is having an amazing Teacher Appreciation Sale! This year on May 5th and 6th you will be able to stock up on your favorite resources and my shop is participating. You'll not only be supporting your own classes by snagging some pretty great stuff, but you're directly support fellow teachers while they work from home.

You can find me celebrating with 20% off my entire store! That's right, every single resource is at a discount which means this is a great time to find distance learning materials and even begin to look ahead to the beginning of next year!

Distance Learning

We are all adapting to this new online/distant learning and teaching so it's no wonder teachers from all over are adapting their lessons to accommodate such a transition. Many of my resources can easily be adapted to distance learning and here's a peek and what you can get!

Spring Workbooks

We had to quickly move to distance learning in early March, which cut right into the beginning of our spring unit here in kindergarten. These workbooks are great tools to use in-classroom or out because it's a one-stop-shop for all the learning students will be doing.

End of the Year 

The end of the year is looking drastically different than I ever imagined, but that won't get in the way of celebrating these awesome kids! Check out this pack of awards that can be printed and mailed to students or sent digitally!

Guided Reading

I don't personally do guided reading in my current position, however, I swear by these products I made back when I taught second grade. I used Jan Richardson's Next Steps in Guided Reading as a mentor text and inspiration behind the lesson plan templates. Take a peek for yourself and see how you can use these printables to get organized for guided reading groups!

Story Elements

We've been so busy in kindergarten these last few weeks really diving into the story elements and how they give us the tools for an awesome retelling. Check out these posters I still use (even if I'm not in 2nd grade anymore!) and are available on sale!

Note the change in blog name ;)

Getting behavior under control

Managing behavior is always an area where I'm on the lookout for new methods and approaches. Our school has adopted Responsive Classroom so my colleagues and I have worked hard to implement a variety of approaches to behavior management. Here are a few of my favorite products that are on sale!
I've used my Think Sheets and Clip Slip sheets for years prior to moving back to kindergarten this year. It's a great way to get kids thinking about their feelings and a wonderful tool to give parents so they can communicate what happened at home. I've had nothing but success with them and couldn't recommend them more. Plus, I loved that it took away having to send daily emails or communications to families concerning behavior.

There's so much to get into! I'm personally excited to get out there and support my fellow teachers these next two days! Happy appreciation week!