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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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A Thankful Poem and Writing Activity

Teachers, I’ve got two things for you today. First, here’s a terrific YourClassical Storytime called “Lurkey Is Lost.” It’s a fun take on the “draw a turkey using an outline of your hand” activity. Make sure to have plenty of crayons ready and paper for everyone! Second, it’s the perfect

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Feeling Sheepish?

I’m so tickled that Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom is including If You Want to Knit Some Mittens on their website for educators! Although this picture book is a funny, fictional, friendship story, it’s also the story of how a pair of wool mittens starts with a sheep’s coat, which

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How-to Writing #ClassroomConnections

October only: Looking for how-to mentor texts to share with your students? If You Want to Knit Some Mittens takes the reader from a sheep to a pair of sunny gold mittens in 18 easy steps—including some madcap adventures and ending with a close-knit friendship. Plus Angela Matteson and I

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A Measuring Lesson Plan #ClassroomConnections

October only: I’m so pleased to have a measuring lesson plan (using yarn!) for K‑2 available on Patricia Newman’s wonderful blog as part of her LitLinks series celebrating the links between STEM topics and writing/literature. I hope you enjoy it! [My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one

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Get Ready for Literacy Day! #ClassroomConnections

September 8 is International Literacy Day! This year’s theme is Teaching and Learning in the Covid-19 Crisis and Beyond. It’s a great time to thank all the teachers you know for the extra work they’re doing to reach and teach your kids during challenging times. Thanks, teachers! Here are just

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Back to School Printables #ClassroomConnections

This year, the phrase “back to school” is raising anxiety levels to a new high. I’m not even a teacher anymore, and my kids are grown, but even I’m feeling the pressure. (On a less dangerous level, it’s a rather nerve-wracking time to be a children’s writer, too, as getting

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Animal Adaptations #ClassroomConnections

One of the science topics I am constantly fascinated by is animal adaptations: how animals’ bodies and behaviors adapt to their environments. My favorite facts from Snack, Snooze, Skedaddle: How Animals Get Ready for Winter (Millbrook, illus by Claudine Gevry) concern Northern wood frogs that freeze solid and earthworms that

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