That’s Funny!

Tim Conway, the legendary comedian, passed away last week. When I found out, I spent some time watching some of his best outtakes from The Carol Burnett Show. They’re hilarious! If you’ve never watched them, you really should. Laughter is the best medicine. It relaxes the body and relieves stress. So when we can combine laughter…

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Happy Birthday, Kevin Henkes!

Tomorrow, November 27, is Kevin Henkes’ birthday! He’s the author of over 50 books, most of which he has illustrated as well. He’s well known for creating relatable characters that deal with familiar problems in whimsical and engaging ways. I did a bit of digging looking for interesting Kevin Henkes facts, and here’s what I…

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Did You Know…

Did you know that William Steig, award-winning author and illustrator of Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, also wrote Shrek, the source for the fabulous Dreamworks movie? He sure did! And tomorrow is his birthday. William Steig was born in 1907 and passed away in 2003 at the age of 95. In addition to Sylvester and…

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Tell a Fairy Tale!

February 26 is National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. I don’t know who made up this day, but it’s incredibly annoying that they decided it belongs on a Sunday. This would be a wonderful day to celebrate in the classroom! So I recommend that you make this Friday or the Monday afterward your personal “Tell…

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Word Nerds!

I am a nerd, and I have several nerdy friends. Even being in close contact with these individuals, I have a difficult time defining what a nerd is. I can, however, give you fine examples of nerdy behavior. A nerd… May inform you with undisguised glee that the Rebel fighter pilots in the new Star…

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Giving Thanks

When it comes to Thanksgiving Day–themed activities for the classroom, most of the ideas you find have to do with turkeys and Pilgrims. Now there’s nothing wrong with turkeys and Pilgrims, but it’s certainly important for all of us to remember that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks. It’s said that showing gratitude makes us healthier…

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