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Memory Game for Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter

How Animals Survive Winter – a Memory Game

Brrr! Winter is well on its way here in Minnesota (some say it was on its way back in August–haha), and the animals have figured out how best to survive it. If you read Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle with your students, you can follow it up with this memory game to

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Give Sheep Some Wool!

It’s mitten season! It’s the perfect time to read If You Want to Knit Some Mittens! Illustrator Angela Matteson made some really cute activity sheets to go with If You  Want to Knit Some Mittens. Here’s a little craft project for your students! You can give Sheep some wool, just

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NCTE and a Thanksgiving Poem

One of the things I’m grateful for is that I’m going to NCTE this year! I haven’t been since 2019, and how I’ve missed it. When it had to be canceled in 2020, I was heartbroken. Not only did I miss seeing all my NCTE friends, but 3 (3!) of

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A Thankful Venn Diagram #ClassroomConnections

I can’t believe it’s time to think about Thanksgiving! This will be the first time in more than 10 years, I think, that both our daughters will be here for Thanksgiving. Maddie’s lived overseas all that time, and Annabelle was out of state some of those years too. Lots to

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Zap! Clap! Boom! at a St. Paul Saints Game

Our local minor league baseball team, the St. Paul Saints, teams up with Mackin Education all summer long with a volunteer author reading a book at every Sunday home game. One day last month, I was the Reading Tree reader, and I shared Zap! Clap! Boom! The Story of a

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A Fabulous Fall Storytime!

I got to celebrate fall with a storytime at the South St. Paul Library last month! I have loads of books that include fall, such as Lion of the Sky; Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle; Colors of Fall; A Leaf Can Be…; and Shrinking Days, Frosty Nights. We sang songs, read poems,

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Ready for Winter?

Fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. But even as I’m enjoying the fiery colors and ice-free sidewalks and trails, I’m aware that it’s a short season here in Minnesota. And part of fall is getting reading for winter. We humans, just like other animals, get ready for winter

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The Best Gift for World Teachers’ Day

World Teachers’ Day (convened by UNICEF, Education International, and the International Labour Organization) is coming up on October 5, and teachers are working incredibly hard, as usual. You’re probably working very hard, too, so I’m going to suggest a quick and easy way to thank your kids’ teachers–buy them a

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