Digital Book Club: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles

Looking for a great story to share? As part of my distance learning plan with my elementary school readers, I’m sharing one of my favorite stories from when I was a kid, one chapter at a time! It’s bittersweet to be sharing this story – I’ve always wanted to do this readaloud with a class, […]

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Morning Meeting: A Daily Podcast for Families

Do you need a little pick me up? Feeling a little isolated, and looking for a way to connect? Ms. Fitz and Miss-Bit will be sharing ideas, laughter and creative challenges every Tuesday through Friday with the daily podcast Morning Meeting. Every day for about 15 minutes, we’ll share jokes, riddles, and sift through the […]

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Resources for Distance Learning

*Most recently updated Monday, 3/23 I’ll keep this short and sweet – schools are closed and parents are left trying to teach their kids, work from home, stay sane, and keep everyone safe. It’s a lot. There has been an incredible outpouring of resources, from massive corporations and self-published authors alike, but they’re not easy […]

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Great Stories By and About Women: Your Suggestions

Yesterday on Instagram, after a disappointing experience with a popular influencer’s memoir, I reached out for a little help. I asked readers and friends for their favorite memoirs and stories of badass women doin’ good. Here are the suggested titles, plus a few I found at my local library, if you’d like to see: Turning […]

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Quest: Exploring Food Insecurity with the Rice and Beans Challenge

The average Supplemental Nutrition Benefit Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit per meal in the US is $1.86 (source). For the final experiment in our How Can We Help Solve the Hunger Crisis? Quest, we did an experiment to find out what its like to prepare a nutritious, delicious meal for our “Quest family” on that budget. […]

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6th Grade Sentence Starters for Finding Windows and Empathy in Books

Finding windows and mirrors in your reading can be really tricky if you’re still developing and strengthening your empathy muscles. And if you’re in middle school, when your development is screaming at you to focus on other things. Sixth grade readers put together this list of sentence starters today, to help give readers a push […]

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On Pronouncing Names and Owning Mistakes

All of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders have been learning about the amazing work of Vashti Harrison in preparation for her visit through the Virginia Festival of the Book next month. They’ve been talking about her nonstop, and we’ve been studying her work in many of my classes. And last week, in a meeting about […]

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50 Books We Loved for a Skin Tone Picture Book Walk

After posting Finding our Color Words Using Honeysmoke last week, readers asked me to share a list of the picture books that we used and loved for our skin tone picture book walk. I pulled these books thoughtfully and with my human skin tone palettes in hand, hoping to include as many shades as possible. […]

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Finding Our Color Words using Honeysmoke

Since our schoolwide conversation about Black History Month, the kids have been curious and open about discussing race and differences. Here’s a lesson, inspired by middle schoolers, that I shared with my K-4 students last week, if you’d like to see.     Last week, I was talking to my middle schoolers about what they […]

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Person-First Language in the Library

How do you best prepare your students for discussions about race, ability, and other human differences in your classroom? The conversations in the library since our community Black History Month discussion have really been remarkable. I’ve been so impressed with the way that students have opened up and asked questions out loud that they’ve previously […]

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