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christmas in july

Don't forget to pre-order your copy of
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas...
release date: September 25th
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favorite picture books

The Teacher Wife
It is hard to pick just 5! 
Here are 5 of my million favorites...
Here are 5 of my all time favorite characters...
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100 Best Web Resources for Educators

It is always nice to be recognized for something that you love to do, so I was thrilled to be listed as one of 
Online Masters Education's Teaching Teachers: 100 Best Web Resources for Educators.
Best Teaching Resource 2012
Yes, I know that they are doing this so that you will link back to their site and be inspired to get a masters, 
but out of all the blogs out there, they picked mine. Pretty cool!!
Click on the apple to link up to the other 99 blogs.
Mrs. Bell

Reading & Writing Notebooks Week - Friday

I {heart} using notebooks in my classroom!

I am ending reading & writing notebook week with some miscellaneous activities.
a letter sort...
parts of a book...
word families during Seuss week...
special memories writing ideas...
I got these vowel sorts from First Grade a la carte...
We never use glue in our notebooks. The pictures above were taped in. I also never let them use markers because they bleed through the pages. We use crayons or colored pencils. I use lots of different sizes of labels to put info at the top of the pages.
Happy Notebooking!!
Mrs. Bell

Reading & Writing Notebooks Week - Thursday

I {heart} using notebooks in my classroom!

We respond to literature in our reading and writing notebooks.
 We read lots of books about the same character, by the same author, or with the same title and then write or draw about them in our notebooks. I use labels to add the guided questions to the top of the notebook pages.



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