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Get FREE Posters of Celebrities Reading

I love free stuff for teaching and I recently discovered a wonderful website called GetCaughtReading.org where they have lots of FREE posters and wallpapers of celebrities caught reading. What a great way to decorate your classroom. Truly, how awesome is that? Here’s just a small sample of the celebrities who get caught reading: Kate DiCamillo …

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Get FREE Presidents’ Day Teaching Resources from 5 Government Websites

Presidents’ Day traditionally honors President George Washington, born February 22, 1732, and President Abraham Lincoln, born on February 12, 1809, but we celebrate their combined birthdays on the third Monday in February. Because Presidents’ Day is a Federal holiday, I suspected there might be some great online teaching resources produced by the federal government, and …

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Teach the Five Components of Reading (with just one Thanksgiving phonics poem)

With the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, November is a shorter teaching month, so every literacy mini-lesson really needs to count. Would you believe one short Thanksgiving poem can help you teach all five of the essential components of reading? It’s absolutely true. For example, the Thanksgiving poem, “Mashed Potatoes,” targets the consonant digraphs /ch/and /sh/ …

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