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Back to School Hacks with Kwik Stix

Kwik Stix are a great tool for helping students as they work in your classroom. These 5 hacks will give them new ways to work and not make a mess!

This post is full of affiliate links to Amazon. When you click on them and purchase, I get a small portion back. There is no extra charge to you, but it helps me purchase books and other items for my blog.

It's no secret that I love Kwik Stix, and so does my daughter. She paints with them all the time, and we never have a mess to clean up. But as I started thinking about new ways to use them, I realized they can be more than just an art tool; they can be used for so much more in your own classroom!

Class Dismissed for Book Talk Thursday

What happens when a teacher leaves her rowdy class of fifth graders with no one to take over? Well, the class takes over and what an adventure they have!

Have you ever had one of those days where you just didn't want to teach anymore? What about one of those years? I think we all have, but we have managed to get through and make the best of it. But when you are ready to retire, and the class you have is the worst in the history of the school, what would you do? In today's Book Talk Thursday (and Virginia Readers' Choice) Class Dismissed (Affiliate link), you can find out what might happen if we all gave in to our desire to quit.

It's a Whole New Ballgame on Book Talk Thursday

What happens when your whole world changes in your last year of elementary school? You learn to deal with it! And that's just what Rip and Red do in this fun book that teaches some great lessons.

What happens when your entire world changes on the first day of school? Rip and Red, two fifth graders, are about to find out in another Virginia Readers' Choice, A Whole New Ballgame. (Affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases.)

Lessons from History on Book Talk Thursday

Learning from history can help so many adults and children. The book In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse, we can all learn much more than a history lesson!
Life is full of ups and downs as we go through it, especially for young students in the middle grades. Though Jimmy is a Lakota boy, he feels estranged from his friends at times and even bullied by others in the book In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse. (Affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases.) Finding his way out will make him realize who he truly is and what he can do.

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