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Read the Most from Coast to Coast this Friday…and BIG TPT Sale coming, too!

We have been busy finishing our research on African Endangered animals, and I can’t wait to see this year’s brochures! However, that is not the only thing we have been doing, and it really amazes me how much my students are getting accomplished. At the pace we are going, it looks like we will finish reading The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John this Friday, just in time for the big Accelerated Reader Read the Most from Coast to Coast event, a nationwide challenge set for Friday, February 28th, in which students across the country unite to take the most AR tests in one day. (The goal is 5 million!) Hopefully, we can get finished in time for all my students to take the test on Friday! 🙂 If you wish to learn more, you can check out the Renaissance Learning website here:

Read the Most from Coast to Coast

TPT is having a big sale this coming Thursday and Friday to celebrate over three million teachers who have discovered the benefits of teacher created resources on the site. If you stop by the site on February 27th and 28th, you can get 10% off at checkout by entering the code TPT3. I will be having a 20% off sale in my store to coincide with this sale, so stop by and make your wishlist today! 🙂


Today, we focused a little on our poetry, which we integrate in with the units now under common core. I have struggled with teaching poetry this way, because I have always taught it as a separate unit in the past. I have to constantly remind myself to review poetry terms and introduce different concepts. We read the Cremation of Sam Magee and used my Smartboard activities with it. I also found a great documentary called Klondike Fever on United Streaming that really built background for the poem.  We then watched a video of the poem on You Tube, and had some discussion about the setting in the video as opposed to what they imagined from the pictures in the book. Afterwards, we searched for examples of figurative language in the poem. It was a great day!


The Cremation of Sam McGee SMARTBOARD Activities

If you are looking for some St. Patrick’s Day fun, I made a Jokes and Riddles PowerPoint for a quick activity to use and a St. Patrick’s Day fill-in PowerPoint that highlights some of the history of the day. check them out:


St. Patrick's Day Riddles and Jokes PowerPoint


St Patrick's Day Holiday Fill-In PowerPoint Activity

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Have a great week and enjoy the sale!

Deborah Hayes

aka HappyEdugator

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