April in the Ozarks

There is something magical about April in the Ozarks–the smell of damp earth, the light green of new leaves, and the feel of the warm breeze on my face as I get outside as much as possible during this time of the year.  And of course, there is the smell of the meat on the grill from the many decks across the neighborhood.  Most of us can’t wait for warm weather.

April also brings state testing.  Teachers and students are geared up and ready for the long days of MAP testing.  Schedules and routines are changed as students tackle the reading, writing and math assessments.  A good way to help kids relax before and after testing is with Read Alouds.  Find books you love to read and share them with your students.  This is a good time to listen for enjoyment, letting kids get swept away with the story and not focussing on a particular reading or writing strategy.  To get you started, here are the 100 books everyone should know, along with a short summary of each book.

http://kids.nypl.org/reading/recommended2.cfm?ListID=61

Another good resource this month is for primary teachers.  The Writing Fix has 6 free lessons for K-2 teachers.  Here is the link to that.

http://writingfix.com/6_Traits/Primary/Writing_Rainbows.htm

Enjoy!

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