The Power of Chloe Cho: The Importance of Diverse Books for Kids

Text reads: The importance of diverse books for kids. Below, an Asian girl in sunglasses sips a pink drink in a forest.

A few years ago, I read Mike Jung’s Unidentified Suburban Object to my fifth-grade class for the first time. As always, I introduced the protagonist before I began. Her name is Chloe Cho, so I wrote that on the board. One of my students, who shared her last name, shoved his hand up in the air and asked why his name was on the board. “Because that’s the character’s last name,” I said…

Black History Month FREEBIE!

Black History Month Freebie - black and white picture of the Colored Hockey League in the background

February is Black History Month in Canada and the US, and I’ve got a free article with questions for you English and/or Social Studies teachers! The Colored Hockey League was founded in 1895. They were a huge hit in Nova Scotia, but they’re virtually non-existent in our history books. What caused their untimely demise?

6 Inference Activities for Elementary

Inference Activities for Elementary

Making inferences is such an important reading strategy, and it’s one that I find many of my students struggle with at the beginning of the year. In the upper elementary grades, we spend less time worrying about decoding and start to shift our focus to that deeper comprehension. That requires the ability to make inferences, and inferencing is a skill that needs to be taught!

Breathing Life Into Your Upper-Elementary Read Alouds

Breathing life into your elementary read-alouds

Read aloud time is my favourite time of day in my classroom, and my students love it too. In fact, on the very rare occasion where we have a day without a read aloud, I am almost guaranteed to hear grumbling. This didn’t just happen on its own! Check out this post to see some ways you can breathe life into your read aloud time!

Teaching Poetry in Middle School & Upper Elementary

Teaching poetry in upper-elementary and middle school

I love poetry and I want to share how I break down my poetry unit and teach different poetic forms. The upper elementary and middle school years are a great time to dive in and get kids excited about poetry!

My Favourite Read Aloud Novels for Grade 5

My favourite read-aloud novels for grade 5

I love how whole-class read alouds level the playing field and help build community by letting all the kids share a reading experience. These are some of the books that my fifth-graders have loved best!