7 FREE, NO PREP Christmas Reading & Math Activities

Nov 22nd 2015

Christmas is right around the corner and as veteran teachers, we know these next few weeks can be extremely busy and exhausting. We are here to help! We’ve created  FREE, NO PREP Christmas reading and math activities to keep your students engaged […]

Creative Ways to Teach Character Analysis

Nov 8th 2015

Authors use many different types of characters to tell a story.  Characters help us feel like we are a part of the story and give us an opportunity to see into their hearts and examine their motivations. Since characters play such […]

Making Meaningful Text Connections

Nov 1st 2015

“I’m Chloe the Connecting Coyote, and I make connections. Connections help you understand your reading selections. Link the story to your life or what you’ve read in a book. These text connections are guaranteed to get you hooked.” Chloe the […]

Use Picture Clues to Support Decoding & Comprehension

Oct 18th 2015

“My name is Dexter the Detecting Deer. Now let me tell you why I’m here. I’ll help you look for picture clues, So you don’t get the reading blues. Look at the pictures to figure out What the words are […]

Making Purposeful Predictions

Oct 12th 2015

“Welcome, I’m Peter the Predicting Possum. Making guesses while you read is…oh…so awesome! Use picture and word clues to guess what will happen next. Then read on to find the outcome in the text.” Peter the Predicting Possum is one our […]

Teaching Visualization to Increase Comprehension

Sep 7th 2015

“I’m Vern the Visualizing Vulture; use me like a TV. Events, characters, and settings are what I help you see. If you picture these in your mind like your favorite movie, Then understanding what you read will be so groovy!” […]

Scaffolding Text-Dependent Questions for Struggling Readers

Aug 23rd 2015

“Hey, I’m Quinn the Questioning Quail; use me when you read. Questions are the way to get the information you need. Good readers ask questions to help them understand; They read the text to find the answers—that’s a smart plan.” […]

Strengthening One-to-One Correspondence in Beginning Readers

Jun 13th 2015

“Hi, I’m Paco the Pointing Porcupine. Point with me as you read each line. I’m here to help you to keep your place And remind you that reading is not a race.” Paco the Pointing Porcupine is one our decoding […]

The Owl Has Landed…

May 4th 2015

‘OWL’ of our hard work has paid off! We are thrilled to announce the launch of our products at Really Good Stuff, a leading educational catalog company that sells high-quality, innovative teaching tools. Really Good Stuff discovered us and were […]

Mastering Multisyllabic Words

Apr 12th 2015

                                            “I’m Charlie the Chunking Chipmunk. What’s new? I break words into small chunks and you can, too. Look […]

Literature Studies Made Easy

Apr 8th 2015

Wondering how to integrate multiple strategies within context of authentic literature? Are you overwhelmed at thought of planning a comprehensive literature study? At last, the secret to successful literature studies is revealed in 5 simple steps.  Sound too good to […]

The Life-Changing Moment of My Teaching Career

Apr 5th 2015

Before Spring Break, I announced to the class that there would be a big surprise when they returned. Some guessed it would be different seats, others said new name tags, but I had a much grander revelation in store. After […]

How to Use Elkonin Boxes and Sounding-Out Slates

Mar 30th 2015

                                        “I’m Sally the Sounding-Out Snake. S-s-say, have you heard? Stretch out all the sounds that you see in a word. […]

Create Your Own Magical Guided Reading Strategies Roost

Mar 17th 2015

Do you love our reading strategies animals but aren’t sure how to incorporate into your classroom theme? It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3! You don’t need to have an owl or woodland theme at all.  Create your own personalized […]

Whooo’s Hazel?

Mar 8th 2015

Hazel Hoot, an adorable green screech owl, is a struggling learner as she lacks the strategies needed to help her succeed. In our charming book, Hazel Meets the Reading Strategy Friends, Hazel stumbles upon a magical tree in the forest. […]

Guided Reading Strategies That Actually Work

Feb 12th 2015

      Guiding reading can be daunting, especially with the new instructional shifts and standards. Teachers are asking themselves such questions as: “What text do I use?” “What strategies do I teach?” “How do I keep all students engaged?” […]

Informational Text is a Hoot!

Jan 11th 2015

One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to incorporate additional informational text and shared research into my classroom so I created Owls Are A Hoot: An Informational Text Unit to meet these these needs in an engaging way. Before the […]

Olive the Other Reindeer to the Rescue!

Dec 13th 2014

  There are still a few more weeks until winter vacation, but Santa, stockings and sugar are the focus of children’s minds! Olive the Other Reindeer is coming to the rescue! Our adorable  Olive the Other Reindeer Unit will capture […]

2014 Halloween Bash Blog Hop

Oct 10th 2014

Welcome to our 2014 Halloween Bash Blog Hop, hosted by Teaching 2 Step! To celebrate our first Blog Hop, we are having a HUGE 50% off sale on our products this week only until October 18 here! Halloween in in the […]

Blast Off Back to School Sale!

Aug 3rd 2014

As veteran teachers, we know that the beginning of year often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress. Let us alleviate some of your stress with our tried and true back to school resources […]

Owl Themed Classrooms are a Hoot!

Jul 29th 2014

Clearly I love owls and my students do too! Here is a peek into my second grade classroom, my home away from home. Each year, I refine my classroom with special finds from Target and Hobby Lobby (my favorite!) to […]

Lights, Camera, Action!!!

Jul 27th 2014

We just finished filming our newest video that shares the story of how Astute Hoot came to be!  Our goal was for our mission statement, “Creating innovative learning tools to awaken the joy of learning and spark enthusiasm in all […]

5 Easy Organization Hacks for Back to School

Jul 15th 2014

As veteran teachers, we know that Back to School often means countless meetings, endless hours of preparation and a great deal of stress.  Combat the chaos of the classroom with these quick, easy, low cost tips! Stylish Storage Solution– The […]

Ready to Research

May 7th 2014

    We are nearing the end of the year (seriously summer can’t come soon enough) and my students are growing more hyper and less productive by the minute.  In an effort to increase engagement and keep my sanity, I […]

Giving Back is a Hoot!

Apr 23rd 2014

  Making learning fun brings me great joy.  Some of my best teaching memories are when I saw things finally “click” for struggling students.  Knowing how hard they work to sometimes make even the simplest connections makes these little successes even better! […]