A Fishy First Friday Giveaway

There is definitely something fishy about this month’s First Friday Giveaway! The adorable plush and slightly plump fish pictured here caught my eye (yes, that pun was intended!) because of its color and gigantic smile. I then learned that my new finned friend was the main character in The Fish with the Deep-Sea Smile, a…

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Honest Abe and Amazing Apps

If Abraham Lincoln were still living, he would be celebrating his 208th birthday today. Have you ever wondered what Abe might think of our current world? This wonder occurred to me while I was investigating some of the “favorite apps” shared by teachers who have entered this February’s First Friday Giveaway. (There’s still time to…

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High-Flying Math, Art, and More!

Who’s the most special reindeer of all? Why, Rudolph of course! You’ll be reminded just how special Rudolph is when you discover how easy it is to add this reindeer-related activity to your lesson plans. All you need are large sheets of drawing paper, brown paper strips, scissors, glue, and crayons or markers. The activity…

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Run, Run as Fast as You Can!

Today’s December topic is the Gingerbread Man. You know, that brave cookie that thinks he can outrun anyone or anything! Well, he’s outrun me and for now I’m fine with that because I have something even better to offer you. Check out the links below—all follow-ups to that sneaky cookie’s tale! • a cut-and-glue sequencing…

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Do You Have a Decibella (or Decibello)?

What’s a decibella? Actually it’s a who and there’s a fifty-fifty chance you have a real one in your classroom. Decibella is a spunky, spirited book character who loves using her loud voice at all times. Her real name is Isabella, but everyone calls her Decibella because she is just soooooo LOUD. She simply doesn’t…

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