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Flying Henry: Book Review & Activities for First Grade

I wanted to share a somewhat unusual book with you today. I bought Flying Henry by Rachel Hulin a couple of years ago and then forgot I had it. And while it's recommended for babies and pre-schoolers, I actually think it's a great book for older children, too.

Flying Henry: Book review with art, writing and drama extensions. Perfect book for developing imagination. Great for toddlers to first grade! GradeONEderful.com

Why I Don't Do Show and Tell Anymore

I've stopped doing Show and Tell in my classroom: reasons why and alternative ideas.

Confession time: I dislike Show 'n Tell. A lot!

I've been teaching primary for 27 years now and I've decided that this is the year I give it up completely!

I've been messing around with different formats for the last few years but I've finally had enough and I'll tell you why.

Quick 'n Easy Birthday Chair for Your Classroom

super easy happy birthday chair for first grade

I made a birthday chair!

And the best part? It took about five minutes. Yes! I love quick 'n easy projects.

I found this idea on Mrs. Richardson's Class blog ... thank you Mrs. Richardson!

We happened to have two folding black chairs collecting dust in the back of our garage. So once I cleaned up one of the chairs, it was good to go.

If you don't have a chair lying around, they're pretty cheap at WalMart (that's where we originally bought it).

Raccoon Moon: Book Review and Activities


We have a family of five raccoons living in our neighbouring trees and I've been enchanted with these little guys all summer long. Sometimes the babies sleep on a large oak branch that overhangs right beside our deck!

They've inspired me to make raccoon clipart, including this freebie, as well as learn all I can about these nocturnal creatures. I've never done a raccoon unit before, but this might be the year.

Below you'll find a brief review of one of my favourite raccoon books, as well as a list of other books I love, and some activities for home or your classroom.