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Classroom Book a Day

Classroom Book a Day (CBAD) is my favorite activity during the school year. I love celebrating books every day with my students and giving them a visual remember of the books we have read and how many more there are too come.

This is the fifth year that I have participated and I am thankful to Julian Hiese for creating and expanding this interactive way to promote read alouds across all grade levels. You can find out more about her initiative at Each year, it has been amazing to see how more classrooms are participating as well as how Julian has grown classroom book a day.

In second grade, we read A LOT of picture books during the year. However before CBAD, I didn’t really keep track. I had a basic idea of the books I had read based on units or new book purchases. I am amazed each year, the impact documenting our read alouds has had on classed. This year, I started having students vote for their favorite weekly read aloud. The winning book gets a star added to the cover on the book.

The empty chart is ignored by most students at the beginning of the year. Slowly, the rows fill up and by winter break students begin to notice and discuss how many books we have read.

“Hey, I forgot we read I Want my Hat Back! I can’t believe the bear did that.”

“There is another book about Little Elliot. I saw it in the library. Maybe, Ms. Turman will read that too.”

These conversations happen more frequently as the spaces fill up and students notice that we have read The Bad Seed, The Good Egg and The Cool Bean. They discuss the titles and how the characters in the books change. I believe as the school days progress these conversations will become more frequent and deeper and students will continue to intrincially apply the lessons that we are learning throughout the day.

My teacher brain wants to point out how much they have learned this year and praise them for using their skills but my reader heart holds back and just enjoys the conversations and is happy knowing that they are growing readers – excited about books. It’s a nice reminder that they really are paying attention even when it doesn’t look like it.

I love that CBAD is part of our class community. I hope that they will continue to revisit the books in the years to come even if they don’t have a poster to remind them.

If you would like more information on Classroom Book a Day. Check our Julian’s website. There is also a Facebook Group and search Twitter posts for the hashtag #classroombookaday.

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Beginning of School Recap

It has been a fun first 6 days of school. We are getting organzed and starting our first units of 2nd grade in Math, Reading, Writing and Social Studies. I am looking forward to an exciting year.


This year, we are learning how to use planners. Students will be learning to keep track of homework, tests and events in their planners. It is helpful if planners are checked at home as I will be checking in school to help students build the habit. Students are encouraged to mark homework when completed. I use a stamp when I check planners for completion.

Computer Safety

Student passwords were changed last week. There are passwords for LCPSgo, Learning A-Z and IXL. This information will be recorded in their planners so it may be secure but also available at school and at home.


LCPS Go is a single login system and the location for apps available to students. The link is . If using a tablet, the classlink app may be required for download. Please let me know if you need assistance accessing resources on non-school devices.

Classroom Book A Day

Books read last week. Students voted for their favorite.

We will read and discuss many books this year. This year, we will be tracking one book each day and tracking on a chart. During the year, we will be able to revisit the books we have read and compare them. I am looking forward to great discussions.

Purple Folders

Please remove papers each day that do not need to return to school. At the beginning of the year, there are forms coming home from the PTA and school that need to be reviewed and returned to school if necessary. Checking folders daily, ensures that the necessary materials are seen and not lost amid the student work. I appreciate your effort to help maintain the folder as a communication method between school and home.