Gingerbread Baby

The Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett is the much-loved story of the gingerbread man retold with a delightful twist!  Somebody opened the oven door before the gingerbread man was finished baking and out jumped the Gingerbread Baby! Most of your students have heard the traditional version of the Gingerbread Man.  The included Venn diagram is the perfect organizer to access…

A Turkey for Thanksgiving

November provides so many fun thematic teaching opportunities!  Books are a great way to introduce standards in other curricular areas.  A Turkey for Thanksgiving is a delightful story about the Moose family at Thanksgiving.  The whimsical illustrations are totally engaging and add a sweet charm to this story. The story begins with Mrs. Moose getting reading for Thanksgiving dinner and wishing…


Scarecrow by Cynthia Rylant is a lovely story about a scarecrow who has other things going on in his head than doing his job of scaring crows away.  We are entertained and challenged to live a little more fully, as the scarecrow does . . . Before you read the story, help the students access their prior knowledge of scarecrows with…

Is that a Fact?

Teaching the difference between facts and opinions is such an important comprehension skill for students – actually, for all of us! Just because we saw it on TV or read it on the internet does not make it a fact. The first step in discerning the difference between facts and opinion is to understand what each is. What is a…

Teach the Golden Rule with Otters

My book for you is…. ‘Do Unto Otters’ by Laurie Keller is one of my all-time favorite back-to-school books!  It is perfect for helping to create a caring, empathetic classroom. It’s a delightful story of Mr. Rabbit, who worried (perhaps terrified) about his new neighbors who just moved into his woods – the otters!  Fortunately he has a wise owl…


My name is Peggy Means. I am a child of God and a retired elementary teacher. I loved teaching and creating engaging resources for my students. Now, I love sharing my resources and ideas with busy teachers around the world.

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