Jodi Durgin

gingerbread project

Comparing Gingerbread Stories

The month of December is a tricky one in the classroom. The students often have “sugarplums dancing in their heads” and their excitement for the upcoming holidays creates lots of energy. Because the December holidays are a religious event for many, it is not uncommon for some families, or even

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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman book cover

A Hat for Mrs. Goldman Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for A Hat for Mrs. Goldman will love this post. It includes the book’s summary and teaching ideas, as well as suggests resources to use with students. With themes of kindness, compassion and perseverance, this A Hat for Mrs. Goldman picture book by Michelle Edwards is

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A Loud Winter’s Nap Activities and Lesson Plans for 2024

Teachers looking for A Loud Winter’s Nap activities and lesson plans will love this post. With themes of friendship and growth mindset, this A Loud Winter’s Nap picture book by Katy Hudson is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will quickly become one of your favorite children’s books about

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After more than a full school year of changing teaching models (remote, hybrid, and in-person teaching), new technology implementation, and awkwardly waiting for students to turn on their microphones when you call on them… You made it! As a thank you for all that you do for your students (especially

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Holidays Around the World Books for Kids

December is a great time of year for celebrating and learning about holidays around the world for kids. Elementary students can learn about how different countries celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Las Posadas, Three Kings Day, St. Lucia Day, Epiphany, and Chinese New Year using these lists of holidays around

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Holidays Around the World Crafts for Kids in 2024

These holidays around the world crafts are perfect for elementary students to create in December for many reasons. First, they align with the cultural traditions that they learn about in a holidays around the world unit of study. They work for a Christmas around the world unit too! Second, they

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Halloween Books for Kids in 2024

October is such a fun month in elementary schools and sharing Halloween books for kids with your first grade, second grade, or third grade students can make the month fun, engaging and educational. There are so many children’s literature options for this time of year that it can be hard

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Pumpkin Books for Kids in 2024

Elementary School Teachers looking for October Read Aloud Books & Activities for their 1st grade, 2nd grade, or 3rd grade students will love the pumpkin picture books for kids and links to resources with reading comprehension questions, writing prompts and paper, vocabulary, social skills lessons, and more. Reading texts from

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