Books About Spring for the Classroom

Hey, y'all! I cannot tell you how excited I am for some warmer weather. The snow here is beautiful, and the mountains look amazing with a fresh blanket of it, but it's time for a little more color in the world, don't you think? These are my current favorite books for teaching about spring. I hope you find some new favorites, too.
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1. Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
This beautifully illustrated book is the springtime version of Over and Under the Snow. This book opens the door to all kinds of explorations for spring.

2. Composte Stew
This book is the go-to kids guide to starting their own compost project. It discusses why it's beneficial for the earth and what can and can't be included in a compost pile. When I read this book aloud to my class, we have the some of the best discussions. This book is the perfect companion for your Earth Day/ conservation unit. 

3. Tops and Bottoms
This is the hilarious story of a lazy bear and a clever rabbit. While this book can be used to cover all kinds of things (morals, work ethic, storyline, plot, characters, point of view), I especially like it for teaching what grows above the ground and what grows below. Our spring plant unit is the perfect time for this discussion. My students were stunned at how much the rabbit got away with in this story all because the bear wouldn't work. If you need something to keep your students' attention, this is it.

4. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick
Have I mentioned before how much we love the Old Lady books? With each book, my kiddos are fascinated at how much this woman can get in her mouth. The silliness has them mesmerized and opens the door for conversations about what symbols we tend to associate with spring.

5. And Then It's Spring
This beautifully illustrated book has all the feels. A little boy and his dog have had enough of this winter business and decide to plant a garden. This book is the perfect tradition from the brown and tired days of winter to the colorful and energetic days of spring.

6. Spring is Here: A Bear and Mole Story
Spring fever settling in in your classroom? Give them a story they can relate to. Mole is ready to get moving and enjoy the fresh spring air, but Bear is having a hard time waking up from his nap.

7. Planting a Rainbow
Your pre-k and kindergarten students will love this story about colors and gardens. This is a classic Lois Ehlert story to start off your plant or spring unit.

8. When Spring Comes
Kevin Henkes does an amazing job of describing spring using all of the senses. This book lends itself to introduce five senses poems in the spring or your entire poetry unit.

9. Cherry Blossoms Say Spring
This simple nonfiction book is just right for introducing spring, especially when it still feels like winter. The book tells the story of the gift of the Japanese Cherry Blossoms to the US and what they now look like in Washington D.C.

10. Everything Spring
This nonfiction book is exactly what it's title suggests: everything spring. The photographs will have your students making connections and discussing all things spring. This is a great book for teaching main idea and text to self connections.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some new titles to add to your collection. Stay tuned for more resources coming soon and have a wonderful week.

Stay sweet,

Teaching Fossils in K-2

Hey, y'all! One of our favorite science units is when we get to study fossils and dinosaurs. It fits in perfectly with our study of the earth, soil, and rocks, and it's a great fun week to finish up the complete earth science unit.

On Monday, students excavate chocolate chips from cookies just like real paleontologists. They absolutely love it! All they need is a couple of toothpicks and a cookie each.

Tuesday through Thursday, students visit a series of stations making their own fossils and dinosaur skeletons, reading about fossils and paleontologists, and learning important vocabulary words. For different ways on how to work science stations, check out this post here or this post here.

On Friday, each student makes their own dinosaur. These can be made with construction paper, clay, paper mâché, or any other material you'd like. A recording sheet is including for drawing and describing their creatures.

For more information on this unit, you can check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store here. Have a wonderful week and stay tuned for more amazing resources coming soon.

Stay sweet,

Ten Best Books About St. Patrick's Day

Hey y'all! Are you ready for some fun new titles to help your class celebrate St. Patrick's Day? This collection will have them eager to learn more about the holiday and most pair nicely with St. Patrick's Day STEAM stations. 
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1. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover
We love the Old Lady books in our classroom and this one is different. It's perfect for story retell and the kids love to predict what the final thing will be.

2. How to Catch a Leprechaun
Making Leprechaun traps? Or doing a whole St. Patrick's Day STEAM unit? This book is the perfect intro to get your students thinking.

3. The Luckiest St. Patrick's Day Ever!
This super cute book is perfect for introducing what St. Patrick's Day is for the youngest of readers. Your pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students will love finding out how the leprechaun family celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

4. The Night Before St. Patrick's Day
Another great book to read before setting your leprechaun traps. This brother/sister team are so excited to find they actually caught a leprechaun!

5. Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase
It's our favorite groovy cat with his own version of a leprechaun hunt. Will luck be on Pete's side? It'd sure be groovy if it is.

6. Fancy Nancy: Just My Luck
Another favorite character has her own St. Paddy's Day book. This focuses more on four-leaf clovers and superstitions, and leads right into the famous graphing Lucky Charms marshmallow activities. I love reading this one around St. Patrick's Day just to discuss the superstitions mentioned and what four-leaf clovers mean.

7. The Story of St. Patrick's Day
This is the story of St. Patrick's Day for the youngest of learners. This little book is just right for pre-k and kindergarten.

8. St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons
This is the more "grown-up" version of the previous book and is better suited for first grade and up. There are lots of informational pieces at the back of the book to help support understanding as well.

9. Leprechaun in the US!
This simple nonfiction books tells all about he symbols and tradition of St. Patrick's Day in the US. This would make a great companion book to one of the other tradition books above.

10. The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun
This one is geared more toward kindergarten and pre-k. This colorful book is written to match the tune of The Itsy Bitsy Spider and is perfect for new and beginning readers.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some new titles to add to your collection. Stay tuned for more resources coming soon and have a wonderful week.

Stay sweet,