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Christmas & Hanukkah Freebies

Freebies for Christmas and Hanukkah!

Over the years, I have produced a dozen or so freebies for Christmas and Hanukkah. Of those, these six are my favorites. Summarize It! Task Cards for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa I made this set of task cards as my holiday gift to all of you who read Minds in Bloom and frequent TpT. You can

Summarizing task cards are an excellent addition to your centers or to your classroom games. This set of summarizing task cards features a winter holidays theme, covering Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa. Plus, they're free!

FREE Summarizing Task Cards for Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa

I know, I know: it isn’t even Thanksgiving, and here I am talking about the holiday season already. But I wanted to post about this set of free Winter Holiday Summarizing Task Cards now because I am really excited about them and also so that you can download them now and have them printed, cut, and laminated

teacher appreciation letters blog post

Teacher Appreciation Letters You Deserve!

Teacher Appreciation Letters You Want to Receive! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week, my fellow educators! Having spent over 20 years in the classroom, I’m no stranger to the ups and downs of our profession. So, this week, let’s take a moment to step back from the whiteboards, put down the red pens, and let’s appreciate us

Rachel shares an incredibly easy AND cheap method for task card storage in this blog post: photo albums! Sticking your task cards in photo albums is not only a great way to store them, but it also saves you the time, energy, and money you'd otherwise invest in laminating them. Read more inside this post!

Easy Task Card Storage without the Laminating

Don’t have the time, energy, or money to laminate the task cards you just purchased? Try using a small photo album for 4 x 6 pictures. I got this one at our local drug store for $1.99. But be sure to check Amazon, too, because you might find one that holds more for less money!

Thanksgiving books provide a fun and relaxed way to teach about this special holiday and its history. Minds in Bloom followers share their favorite Thanksgiving books that they read to their students in their classrooms. Check out the list for inspiration!

Thanksgiving Books to Read Out Loud

Once again I asked my Facebook followers for their favorite Thanksgiving books. Of course, they had some terrific suggestions. Old favorites as well as some with which I am not familiar. You can click on any title or image to be taken to Amazon for more details. NOTE: As Amazon Associates, we earn from qualifying

Are you teaching about reading genres this school year? If so, then you need to check out this post, which describes two genre resources that you can use to help you teach about the eight reading genres. Click through to this post to get all of the details!

Genre Resources

If you happen to be teaching literary genres this year, then I have two great resources that can really help. Use these genre task cards to help your students gain familiarity with the eight different genres: biography informational mystery fantasy science fiction historical fiction realistic fiction folktale Each card features a short passage and four choices

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