Jen from Sparkling in Second and I are here to recommend MORE  monthly-themed books!
Before we get started, I want to share one of my favorite memories with my mom. She is the BEST!!!! My mom and I are best friends. I love the special relationship we have. I will never forget when I was in 5th grade we would sit in her bed and read Confessions of Charlotte Doyle each night. My mom was my biggest cheerleader. I remember she would read a page and I would read a page. As a kid weekly library visits were a must. We were also lucky to get to go to Rakestraw Books and pick out new books frequently. I am glad that my mom shared my motto, "OPEN THE MAGIC!".

Now back to our regular schedule blog post....
Check back with us each month for our top picks for K-5 classrooms. This month  our recommendations are like a pot of chicken noodle soup. We are bringing you Mother's Day, Cinco de Mayo, and Wordless picture book favorites!!!
Check out some of our favorite read alouds...
A Chair For My Mother

One of my favorite books of all time. Such a wonderful story of how a daughter pays respect to her mother. Every time I read this book, I cry. :) Great read aloud before starting mother's day projects. Also great for teaching cause and effect, money, and family traditions.Amazon Affilate link provided.
Grades: K-5

Do you have 4-6th grade girls in your class that love books about "girlie" matters? This series is perfect for them. The girls in my class read this series like wildfire.  A group of girls become friends as they read the classics and learn how to deal with growing up. 
5th-7th grade
The Secret Knowledge of Grownups

I love this book! It is light and hilarious read about why parents do the things they do. I would use this book to teach about "how to" or a unit on growing up.
Grades 1-6

This is my favorite wordless picture book. A story filled with friendship, trails, animals. I love using this story when teaching about hard work and life. One activity I have done is let the kids use their imagination and write their own story based on the pictures.
Grades 1-6

Chicks and Salsa

The PERFECT read aloud for Cinco de Mayo!!!! Great for opinion writing, how to, and celebrating Cinco de Mayo. In the back, it has a great guacamole recipe too.
Grades 1-6

These books are linkable with my amazon affiliate program

Hop on over to Jen's blog to read the rest of our list!
What's your favorite memory of your mom?
If this is your first time to my blog, Welcome! I am Courtney from Ramona Recommends. I teach 5th grade in Southern California and L.O.V.E books. Come see what we do in room 20. 

Here is my weekly schedule that must be posted in our rooms at all times. It is very helpful when I have the kids helping to create the daily schedule. They just look at this calendar. When I need to change the schedule, I write on the post-it note the kids plan according. It is quite wonderful. My kids know the routine. I am the type of teacher who loves routine. I feel that my kids have grown to love routine as well. Schedules make my heart full. What about you?
My theme this year is "Let Your Heart Be Your Compass!" by Lady Antebellum
LOVE my Erin Condern Planner. The colors make me love planning. :) 
My schedule on the left is a WEDNESDAY. On Wednesdays, the kids get out early. After the kids leave we have PLC Meetings, Staff Meetings, or Staff Development.

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