Easiest Listen to Reading Station EVER

I stumbled upon the easiest listening to reading station ever! In our district we are only given 1 iPad for the classroom… (SAY WHAT?!?!) So you have to come up with some pretty creative ideas on how to use that iPad. I used it for a listen to reading station during literacy centers.



I use this app. This app (shown above) is all those old school readers we used to use for small group. You know the ones that came with the journey’s basil back when we could still use teacher editions?!

It’s great for DIFFERENTIATION!! (You know that big word that Principals like to hear!) All the books are leveled and you can tell the kids which book group they can listen to! It high lights the words and reads the books to them.


I attached a headphone splitter (shown above) and let the kids work in their guided reading groups to listen to a book then answer these FREE worksheets to prove they listened! (And help with comprehension, or another skill that we’ve talked about in class.) These are also DIFFERENTIATED!

Here are the instructions I used, not the cutest, but it gets the job done. I attached it to the table that my iPad and splitter sits at.

Guys, this is seriously the easiest listening to reading station. The students click on an app, listen to a story and work together (or separately depending on your group) to do a worksheet, that you can use as documentation. You can see what the kids are getting (or not getting).


Mock Voting Booths

In our libraries, I have created mock voting booths. The students are learning about the candidates and are encouraged to vote for who they believe should be president. This has been such a fun activity and it really gets kids excited about a civic duty many of us take for granted. It’s also been fun to actually research the candidates myself and decide who I believe would best lead our country.


Feel free to use my examples!


I used a trifold to display the information on each candidates. I got this information from Scholastic. Copyright is provided on each page. (After, I’ve introduced each candidate to the students.) Next to the candidate’s bio, there is an example of what it would look like if you wanted to vote for that candidate.

Taped to the table are the instructions for voting and an empty tissue box where you place your voting-ballot! It was easy to put together, but it’s been such a success and the kids are very excited.


Library Procedures Lesson

Hey, if you’re anything like me, you need these kids to get those library procedures ASAP, because I ain’t yo mama, and I don’t want to clean up after you.

So, I’ve created a fun, easy and quick lesson to get your kids to understand how to act in the library. Feel free to use this!

First, I show them this Pikochart.

Our school has carts that have the genre/dewey decimal on the side, so that students can check in their books and place them in a nice, neat order.

Then, once I’ve gone over the procedures of the library, I show a fun video!

I pause in between the questions to make it more interactive. The kids can see how important it is to behave in the library.

Then, if time allows, I play this fun song!

We talk about our voice levels in the library.


This may seem PreK-ish, but let me tell you, the songs are really fun for 5th grade, too! It really helps the kids see the expectations and the WHY of the library!

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Pokemon is all the rage.

Since Pokemon is EVERYWHERE right now. I’m going to use it to my advantage.

Here are some displays (and display ideas) for my library that I’ll be building this year.


Book display ideas:

I was thinking of putting pictures of the recognizable pokemon like; Squirtle, Charmander, Pikachu, Duduo, etc. And having books under them that are nonfiction, but the same types of animals. For example:

A table that says “Love Pokemon? Then you’ll love these books!”

Then pictures of pokemon like:

Under this picture, I would put books on squirrels, turtles, and tortoises
Under this, I would put books on emus and ostriches.


Do you get the picture? This could be a great way to get students who are not interested in reading, really interested in reading. I’m not sure how long Pokemon Go is going to last, but let’s use it academically!

What are your thoughts? What’s something you’ve done?


Turning an OLD frame into cute!

When you inherit old frames, but don’t feel right throwing them out. Pay homage, by making them modern and cute! Something you’ll actually use!

I know MeeMaw would want me to use it rather than lose it!

Turning a frame older than me into a cute chalk board!

1. Grab your favorite color spray paint! (I used matte) And grab some chalk board paint. Or make your own by looking here.


2. Take apart that frame and glass.

Obviously, this isn’t the same frame, but this one’s the next adventure.

3. Spray paint that frame! (Not the glass part)


4. While the frame is drying, paint the glass part with chalk board paint. I had to paint it with 2 or 3 coats.IMG_0135

5. When it’s dry put it back together.MEXICO6. Hang in your kitchen for a cute menu board! Or in a bedroom for kids to play with! Or in a classroom, wherever!

Don’t let the pigeon do an Author Study!

I just recently did a Mo Willems Author Study at one of my schools. It went great! Who doesn’t love Mo Willems??

For this the teachers read the book and then had students fill out this worksheet. You can find it here, and her blog is awesome and full of great resources.


For the Pigeon needs a bath I utilized TGIF’s blog and TPT store. You can view her stuff here and here.



For Leonardo the Terrible Monster, I couldn’t find anything that I thought was challenging enough. So I had the kids fill out this worksheet. Then we got to create our own monster and did a double bubble comparing the two monsters.

We did a ton more, but I can’t post everythinggggggg. Let me know what Author Studies you’ve done!