Dr. Seuss Says: Read Across America in 2016!

Imagine Learning blog Dr Seuss day activities ideasDid you know that March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s birthday?

It’s true. And, what better way to celebrate than to ‘Read Across America’? Chances are good that your library or school already has big plans. But if they don’t, you can still celebrate. Here’s how:

1. Dress like your favorite Dr. Seuss character

Every birthday celebration is more fun when you get to dress up. Most kids know and love The Cat in the Hat, and it’s not hard to create some red/white striped hats from paper and tape.

Ditto for making some grey elephant ears for those who want to look like Horton. And everyone will giggle when they wear a bushy Lorax mustache! Read more »

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3 Martin Luther King Day Activities Kids Will Remember

Martin Luther King Jr. portraitEach January, elementary students return from the holidays with a fresh outlook and eager minds. Why not take advantage of these teachable attributes for Martin Luther King Day?

To make your MLK Day activities truly engaging and memorable, consider implementing one or more of these teaching ideas into your lesson plans: Read more »

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Best books for summer reading

On the final day of summer break last year, my daughter devoured Caddie Woodlawn.

Last week I wrote about the techniques I use to encourage my children to read. This week, I am sharing a list of our favorite books. Some of them are award-winners—but even better—all of them win the approval of my three unforgiving children. So pull out the hammock, spread out a blanket, or puff up a beanbag. These books are sure to draw you in!

0–2 years

  • Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
  • Drummer Hoff, Barbara Emberly and Ed Emberly
  • The Snowy Day, Ezra Jack Keats
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, Bill Martin Jr.
  • Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney
  • The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper
  • Good Night, Gorilla, Peggy Rathmann
  • Quick as a Cricket, Audrey Wood
  • Piggies, Audrey and Don Wood Read more »
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Summer reading for teachers: 25 books for your reading list

There’s no doubt that summer reading is good for students—there’s evidence of the importance of summer reading everywhere, including some recent findings from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. But picking up a good book isn’t only for kids. Stop your own summer slide by checking out this summer reading list made especially for teachers (and other grown-ups too).

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Are you breaking cultural barriers in your classroom?

‘Tis the season for cultural holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, and if you’re like most teachers, you probably have a class full of students who all celebrate the holidays a little differently. But no matter where your students are from or what language they speak at home, they come together in your classroom every day, so creating a community and breaking cultural barriers is a must.

How do you do it? With books, of course.

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