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FREE Books for Your Classroom Library - This is AMAZING!! Great idea for getting books for book bins, book bags, and classroom libraries.

FREE Books for Your Classroom

Snag hundreds of FREE picture and chapter books for your classroom library or student book bins from your local Half-Price Book Store.

My favorite read alouds for Setting and Story Elements! Read the post for specific lesson ideas!

My Favorite Picture Books for Setting and Story Elements!

Looking for mentor texts to teach setting and story elements? These read aloud books are some of my favorite! Click over to see how I use these texts in my first grade classroom and get a free lesson!

100 Likeable Names for Your Heroine. Includes research on people's stereotypes about women's names. Great resource for writing, and naming female characters! #writingtips #nanowrimo

It can be surprisingly hard to pick a name for heroes and heroines.- 100 Likeable Names for Your Heroine. Includes research on people's stereotypes about women's names. Great resource for writing, and naming female characters!

This is a handy chart to easily convert DRA, Guided Reading & AR levels with grade level equivalencies as well as reading development stages. The color coding is a system I used to label my books in first grade and found it especially handy when I was a reading specialist.

I felt like this was an extremely useful chart to use to convert DRA, Guided Reading & AR levels with grade level equivalencies as well as reading development stages. The color coding makes it extremely easy and handy to code classroom books too!

This infographic gives brief summaries of the 12 Jungian personality archetypes, for use when building charcaters. As with any writing tools, archetypes are really most useful if you think of them as a starying block - you cannot simply reduce people to 12 options.   Most people will show traits from multiple categories. As a writer, you may want to think about each character's primary and secondary archetypes.  As always, remember: Tools, not rules!

Why You Should Never Trust Spell Check

This infographic gives brief summaries of the 12 Jungian personality archetypes, for use when building charcaters. As with any writing tools, archetypes are really most useful if you think of them as a starying block - you cannot simply reduce people to 1

Retro Doodler Rebecca Elliott: How to write and illustrate a picture book part 1 (of 6)

Write and illustrate a children's books.Retro Doodler Rebecca Elliott: How to write and illustrate a picture book part 1 (of

These are some of my favorite books for teaching students main idea, details, and theme! Head on over to the post to read about how I use them in my first grade classroom.

Books to Teach Main Idea and Theme

These are some of my favorite books for teaching students main idea, details, and theme! Head on over to the post to read about how I use them in my first grade classroom.

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