Six More Books Every Elementary Teacher Should Read

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6 More Books Every Elementary Teacher Should Read

Hey, y'all. I'm back with a few more must-read books for elementary school teachers. The world is changing quickly and so are our instructional strategies. These books are all fairly recent publications sure to have a huge impact on your classroom instruction. They're also some of my favorites. 
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The Playful Classroom 

Are you wanting to back-up your case for play-based learning in your classroom? This is THE book for that. Everything you love about teaching--kids talking about their learning, constructing knowledge, hands on learning--is reinforced in this book. As soon as I started reading, my heart started filling up. My copy is covered with tabs and notes on things I can use in the classroom and research to backup the case for play-based, constructive learning. 

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Unpack Your Impact

Written by two teacher bloggers, Unpack Your Impact is an eye-opening book about ways to incorporate social studies lessons within the time constraints of our daily schedule. Many things mentioned in this book fall in line with the social studies stations and phenomenon based learning units I already use (and are available in my store). But there are lots of additional ways to incorporate social studies in even the youngest classrooms.

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The Civically Engaged Classroom

The Civically Engaged Classroom is written for upper elementary and older students, but many of the ideas in this book can be used with younger students. Obviously, content needs to be modified to fit the developmental stages of the students we work with, but even kindergarten students can get involved with civics. This book was published in 2021, so the ideas are fresh and insightful. If you're looking for ways to get your elementary students involved in the world around them, this is an excellent read. 

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Happy Teachers Change the World

This one is one of my favorites. It's full of ideas on teaching mindfulness in the classroom, slowing down, breathing, and more. This is the book that introduced me to mindfulness and how much it can benefit students in our classroom. If you looking for ways to cultivate calm in your classroom, this book is it! 

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A Fresh Look at Phonics

I spent the entire time reading this going, "Yes!" "I knew it!" and, "I told them!" If you're having some tough conversations about literacy at your school and you have some strong feelings about how to teach phonics, as well as the importance of it, you need to read this book. Phonics instruction is imperative in the younger grades. This book highlights why and provides strategies to get you going. It will be a game changer in your classroom. 

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Shifting the Balance

Shifting the Balance discusses the science and brain research behind learning to read. It doesn't just cover the assumptions classroom teachers make based on their own observations. The authors have sifted through pages and pages of research on brain development and language acquisition to determine exactly how students learn to read. It's hot off the presses as of this writing and reviews are hopeful it will "end the reading wars" once and for all. Who knows on that one, but I do know that it's easy to read and understand. It discusses how the brain acquires language and processes words without getting so scientific that it's hard to read. It also offers actionable steps to take in the classroom to set your students up for success based on this research. 

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These titles are all relatively new and worth a closer look at. If you're struggling to find joy in the classroom, read The Playful Classroom or Happy Teachers Change the World. If you're looking for ways to get your students involved in the world around them, Unpack Your Impact and The Civically Engaged Classroom is the way to go. Wild about reading? Check out A Fresh Look at Phonics and Shifting the Balance

I have personally read each of these and every one of them has made an impact on my teaching. I'll probably even do a quick re-read of each of them over the summer as I plan out instruction for the fall. None of these are a super heavy read, but all of them are worth it! 

I hope you found some new favorite PD books and if you read any of these and have thoughts you want to share, drop them in the comments. I'd love to read them. I hope you have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay cozy, 

Yoga Animals Watercolor Classroom Decor and Meet the Teacher

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Yoga Watercolor Classroom Decor and Meet the Teacher

Hey, y'all! I finally put two of my loves together--watercolor and yoga--and made this bright, but calm, classroom decor set. 

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This set is a blend of the OG watercolor decor set and the original yoga animals decor I made a little while back. I love them both, and I think I love them even more together!

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This set includes calendar headers and numbers, subject headers, days of the week for labeling supplies, classroom jobs, desk (or cubby) nameplates, a couple of options for alphabet lines, a Welcome banner, and so much more. There are 6 different choices for nameplates as well making them great for student choice or grouping students for activities. 

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There's even a matching meet the teacher set. ('Cause you gotta match, right?). The meet the teacher set is great for welcoming families at back to school night, helping students organize supplies, getting student and parent information and more. 

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Each set is available separately or bundled together. And they each include editable pages for labeling library book bins, student supplies, or anything else you might need to label. You can find them here.

I hope you found just what you needed for your classroom. I'm always adding new resources to my Teachers Pay Teachers store, so check back often and be sure to follow my store so you don't miss a thing. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon. 

Stay cozy,

Boho Watercolor Classroom Decor and Meet the Teacher

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Boho Watercolor Classroom Decor and Meet the Teacher

Hey, y'all! Have I ever told you how much I love making classroom decor? I adore each set I've made and I think that's why I change up my classroom decor every year. I love them all and just can't choose!

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I found this clipart set and just had to create classroom decor to go with it. It's whimsical and fun, and the neutral tones are great for creating a calm and relaxing vibe. 

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This set includes calendar headers and numbers, days of the week for organizing supplies, voice level charts, several options for alphabet lines, a number line to 20, desk (or cubby) nameplates, a Welcome banner, classroom jobs, and so much more. For a full visual of everything included, check out the preview file in my Teachers Pay Teachers store

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There is a lot of brown in some of the watercolor spots, so I made sure to include several pinks and greens as well. These subtle tones really lighten things up and give off a happy vibe. 

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If you've been following my store for awhile, you'll know I always make a matching meet the teacher set to go with the decor sets. Gotta coordinate, am I right? 

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Each meet the teacher set has a Welcome sign, signs and labels for students to sort supplies, a classroom wishlist sign with editable cards for adding your personal spin on it, student information forms, teacher information cards, and treat topper bags if you want to pass out treats before school starts or at open house. 

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Both the classroom decor set and meet the teacher set include editable pages for those school-specific things that need labels. I use them for my classroom library labels, station signs, etc. 

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You can find this decor and meet the teacher set by heading over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I'm always adding new things, so be sure to follow me for the latest resources. 

I hope you found some things you can use in your classroom. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay cozy,


Digital Summer Sight Word Practice

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Digital Summer Sight Word Practice

Hey, y'all! We're gearing up for the end of the school year, but we're not quite done practicing sight words yet. 

The same old sight word centers can get old, but digital centers can create a sense of novelty making them instantly engaging. 

This latest digital set takes us to the beach for a little sun, sand, and sight word fun! Students read the word, then click and drag the letters to the boxes to spell out the word. It's simple, but it's a great way to review words learned over the course of the school year. It makes a great assessment tool, also.

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I love the Boom Cards version because they are self-checking and give students instant feedback if they get it right or wrong. The Google Slides version is also great because it's so easy to assign just what your students need to work on and to differentiate for each learner. Both versions require zero paper making them absolutely amazing as far as organization and grading goes!

You can find these and many more sight word sets by heading over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store. I am always adding new resources, so check back often to see what's up. 

I hope these are just what you were looking for and help you and your students make the learning fun! Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay cozy,