Have You Read This? The King's Taster

This book was brought to my attention several years ago- it was a KC3 Award Nominee (an award sponsored by The Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians). There is a list of about 10 books each year and students in third grade read or listen to the books and then are able to vote for their favorite. As a teacher- I love discovering new authors and titles. 

The King's Taster
by Kenneth Oppel
illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

I loved this book right from the get go- it has a DOG on the cover- need I say more? (CRAZY dog lady here!)

This is a great book to teach point of view, as well as many other comprehension skills.

Max, the dog, is telling the story. He has a very special job- he tastes all of the the food that the king eats to make sure it is not poisoned. 

Even though he is the king's taster, he is actually the cook's dog. They have a sweet  relationship- pet owners will be sure to relate!

One day the kingdom gets a new king- and the story takes off from there! The new king is actually a small boy who does not like anything the cook fixes for him. This provides a problem for the cook, and Max comes to the rescue to make sure that his owner does not suffer the consequences of the picky king!

This story is illustrated beautifully and everyone is sure to enjoy it! I know I did, and so did my class! 


Earth Day! Book Recommendations & More

What do you do to promote conservation and the care of our environment?

A great start is to educate our students about the simple things they can start doing today to make conservation a way of life!

I want to share some ideas for teaching these concepts in your classroom- not just on Earth Day, but every day!


How I Turned My LEAST Favorite Time of the Day Around

Dismissal. My absolute least favorite time of the day. 10 minutes or so of what has the potential to become total chaos. Anyone else out there feel that way?

For years- even after tirelessly practicing our end of the day procedures- those last 10-15 minutes of the day always came with the possibility of spiraling out of control. We could have a great day... and then after going through the process of getting ready to go home I would feel beat down and in total survival mode by the time the bell rang and I got them out the door. 



Have You Read This? A Castle on Viola Street

When I was at the library the other day I happened on two "new to me" books. First I picked up A Castle on Viola Street by Dyanne DiSalvo. I was familiar with Dyanne DiSalvo's work- as her story City Green was one that I really enjoyed in our reading anthology. 

I stood in the shelves and opened A Castle on Viola Street- I was hooked after reading a letter located at the beginning of the book. This is a book with an important purpose. I tucked the book into my library bag.


Food Chains- Teacher Time Saver!

A few weeks ago I published a post with books to use if you are teaching a unit on food chains. I love finding great books to go along with different units of study- it is one of my favorite teachery things to do! 

So after coming up with the list of food chain books- it really made me start thinking about the huge AMOUNT of TIME it takes teachers to plan out their units- from books to videos to websites to anchor charts to student resources... and on and on. 

And an idea was hatched...


Books to Teach Food Chains

Do you teach food chains? I have compiled a list of books you might want to check out!


Attention Pet Lovers- this Book is a Must Read!

The public library is one of the spots I frequent. I always like to browse through the children's area after I have finished getting the specific books I made the trip for. Yesterday when I was browsing I came upon a real GEM, especially for anyone that loves pets...

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