Move Over, Mr. Popper

Sure, Mr. Popper is an inquisitive fellow with a great passion for penguins. Sure, he’s the main character in the popular children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater. And yes, Jim Carey did play the character in the movie version of the book. However, just for today, I’m asking Mr. Popper to…

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Free, Free, Free!

Holy hyphen! It’s National Punctuation Day! If this special day has sneaked up on you, no worries. Simply head over to themailbox.com and type “punctuation” in the search box. There’s 265 free student activities waiting for you! Narrow your search by grade level to quickly find the perfect activity for celebrating National Punctuation Day with your students. Check…

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Just Let Them Read!

I took three graduate level reading classes this summer and the underlining theme of all three courses was to give students time to read and talk about reading.  We have overwhelmed students with busywork:  reading worksheets, reading quizzes and reading test, all of which take away valuable reading time.  I am blocking out time just…

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“Seuss” the Week!

Forty-four books for children. Forty-four fun-to-read, fun-to-hear, and fun-to-look-at books for kids. Thank you, Dr. Seuss! When I discovered the author had written forty-four books, I began to wonder how many of the books I’ve read; so I went in search of a book list. That’s when things got interesting. What I learned is that…

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