Grades 3-5 Figurative Language Lesson: Free Lesson Plan & Materials Centering a Diverse Book

We can slowly feel the changes from Autumn to Winter embracing our towns. The changing of seasons lends itself so well to figurative language, which makes it the perfect time to teach it! Therefore, I created a free lesson plan and materials to teach (or review) figurative language to students in Grades 3-5. There are even differentiated worksheets and assessment criteria for you to really meet your students' needs. Check it out below!

World Kindness Day: K-5 Lesson Plan & Materials

Happy (almost) World Kindness Day! November 13th is World Kindness Day and oh goodness does our world need some more kindness in it. This year, I wanted to revamp my typical Kindness Lesson for World Kindness Day and center it around a new diverse book that was just published this October! Check out the lesson plan and resources below to center kindness in your own K-5 classroom.

K-3 Voting & Elections Lesson Plan

Happy (almost) Election Day! I am excited to share the lesson plan and materials that I made for my own class. I have broadened it based on my experiences teaching K-3 so that we have resources for our youngest future voters. In this lesson, your kiddos will learn more about voting and then hold a class mock election to practice how to register and vote. Use these free plans and materials to engage our future voters across our country!

“Claim Your Name”: PreK – Grade 1 Name Writing Lesson

This lesson plan is for students in PreK, Grade K, and Grade 1. The lesson is centered around the idea of “Claim Your Name” to empower students! To help students claim their names, teachers will show them an example using Alma and How She Got Her Name, conduct a community circle to practice name pronunciation, and end with a name writing activity. I hope that educators and parents find this free resource helpful in our journey to build up our students and community!

Happy Juneteenth: Diverse Books & Teaching Resources

Happy (Almost) Juneteenth!! Juneteenth is the nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery. It is on June 19th. The day honors June 19, 1865, which was the day that Union soldiers came to Texas to say that the enslaved were now free, which was several years after the Emancipation Proclamation (history that would also … Continue reading Happy Juneteenth: Diverse Books & Teaching Resources

Black Heroes in History: Grades K-5 Learning Activities

In this lesson, students will start to learn more about Black History through researching Black Heroes in History. Depending on the grade level and setting, students will participate in research through an adult read aloud, YouTube video, and/or an article. Then, they will be asked to complete a worksheet where they will write about the facts they learned about the Black Heroes in History. This is a great lesson to START to talk about Black History and introduce students to some key Black Heroes. You can also do the lesson multiple times with different Black Heroes in History. But, please make sure the conversations do not just stop here! There are many important heroes, events, and concepts in Black History that need to be taught year-round.

#BlackLivesMatter: K-8 Distance Learning Activities for Justice for George Floyd

In these Distance Learning Activities, students and you will learn about and process: Black Lives Matter, racial injustice, and the murder of George Floyd. To do this, you will use discussions and videos or read alouds. Then, students will get the chance to take action and stand up for Black Lives Matter and George Floyd by picking a Black Lives Matter Project to do. There are four choices for them to pick from including: art, writing, and letter writing.

Colorful Pages at Home: Describing & Understanding Characters

In this post, we are going to give support in how to develop the reading skill of Describing and Understanding Characters for your K-12 students at home. We provide a deeper look at the skill, a diverse book list with books for all ages, discussion questions for elementary school students, and reading activities for middle school and high school students.

Colorful Pages at Home: Text-to-Self Connections

In this post, we are going to give support in how to develop the reading skill of Making Text-to-Self Connections in your K-12 students at home. Connecting is an important skill for all readers to develop because it helps students build a great joy for reading and think critically about what is happening in the book and why authors do certain things. We have included books and questions/activities for ALL ages, Kindergarten to 12th Grade!