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  • Presidents' Day Lessons, Videos, & Activities (29 days of free texts!)

    This February, we're giving you the opportunity to teach the about the presidents through US History! Each day in February, we'll be featuring a president and giving away that passage set for FREE! That's right, we're giving you 29 of the president differentiated passages for you to use with your students. Each day, we'll post on social media about the president and then you can search the #btgpresident to download the free president passage of the day. The next day, that president will no longer be a free resource and there will be a new one! Each passage will include 3 levels of text, comprehension questions (multiple choice & short answer), and a writing prompt. You can use these in your guided reading groups, in small groups, as quick & easy sub plans, or even homework to connect with something you are teaching in your social studies class.  
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the Elementary Classroom

    No need for the #sundayscaries this week because Monday is a national holiday! It is the day we honor the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you are like me, this holiday comes real fast-just as you are getting back into the routine of school and the kids are finally ready to work again after the break. We need to approach this day with care. It seems like our world could use a little more reminding of Martin's peaceful ideas right now and we want to be careful to actually teach the importance of freedom and rights, rather than allowing a teachable moment to pass us by. Respect and attention to this day can be given in age appropriate ways-while keeping on track with routines and standards as much as possible! 
  • Kid-Approved Columbus Day Videos & a FREEBIE!

    Are you in school on Columbus Day? Our students are out and it is a teacher in-service where we are! We will still be studying about Columbus because I teach fourth grade in Georgia and he happens to be one of our standards. How do you navigate Columbus Day? Do you think he should be celebrated? These teacher & kid-approved videos about Columbus, his life, voyages, and more will be great lead-ins for some great conversation, debate, and critical thinking! Enjoy!