Six Fresh Ideas for Using Poetry in Your Classroom

April is National Poetry Month, and this year can be your best year with poetry and your students! With so many fun ways to use poetry every day, your students will always remember this fun time of year.

Using poetry to engage students in reading activities makes literacy instruction fun and exciting. These six ideas will help keep poetry fresh all year long.

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Building Letter Writers with Mentor Texts

The other day my daughter wanted to write a letter to her favorite You Tuber. I jumped on the chance to engage her in what was one of my favorite things to do as a child. We worked together to write a perfect letter, at least for a second grader.
Make teaching letter writing with your students fun with this fun mentor text. The ideas this book and unit give you and your students will make any lesson fun!

Flashback to my past. I wrote my cousin a letter every single month. She lived 6 hours away, and I only saw her 3 times a year, if I was lucky. We kept in touch via letters and loved it. Writing letters for different reasons helps children better understand what the world around them has to offer. Using books to help students better understand letter writing is a great way to get them motivated to write the perfect letter.

My friends from The Reading Crew and I have a link up full writing mentor lessons, freebies and prizes you don't want to miss!

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Your Literacy New Year's Resolution: A Game Changer!

It's that time of year again! I always make a New Year's Resolution, but I struggle to find a way to keep up with it. Get organized, get in better shape, read more, the list goes on and on. But this year, Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp have the perfect New Year's Resolution for every teacher.
It's never too late to change your students' reading habits! Finding new ways to help our students love reading is easy with this amazing book by Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp.

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Trimming the Tree with Digraphs and Fun

It's that time of year ~ time to put our trees up and celebrate! And what better way to celebrate than with good friends. My friends from The Reading Crew and I have an amazing blog hop link up just for you, full of freebies and teaching ideas!
Reviewing phonics skills can be fun as students play games to read and write common words.