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Snow Day Box: Penguin Edition

Snow Day Box: Penguin Edition

There’s no day like a snow day.... until there isn’t. Which is why every year I put together a box of snow day activities, and then put it away for a snowy day.  This year, I’m making a penguin-themed Snow Day Box. You could choose this as a stand-alone theme, or you could use it to introduce a Mr. Popper’s Penguin read-aloud. 

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Our Favorite Strategies for Historical Fiction Read-Alouds

Our Favorite Strategies for Historical Fiction Read-Alouds

What’s your favorite genre to read? For me, especially as an adult, it’s historical fiction. However, while I also love a good historical fiction read-aloud, I recognize that my kids relate to this genre better when I take a few steps to help them bridge the distance between their own experience and the time and place of the book. 

Some of these are techniques we’ve incorporated on our Read-Aloud Posters and can easily be adapted for non-poster books, while others are off-poster activities that I find to be particularly helpful with historical fiction books.

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Read-Aloud Poster Spotlight: Number the Stars

Read-Aloud Poster Spotlight: Number the Stars

Published in 1989, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry is a Newbery-award winning historical fiction middle-grade novel. While you may remember it as a favorite from your own childhood, if you’ve never read it before, it’s a story you’ll enjoy hearing for the first time as you read it with your family.

Our Read-Aloud Poster for this book includes activities that will help your family understand the story itself as well as appreciate the historical and geographical context of the book. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the poster activities.

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