Mini-Course: Handmade Card Making

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Our school is having mini-courses for the kids on three Mondays in May. I signed-up to do handmade card making mini-course with second, third, and fourth graders who are interested. I started creating… Continue reading

ED in ’08 Blogger Summit

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Alex from the Ed in ’08 Blogger Summit left a comment this morning on our About Us Page. The Summit is being held in Washington, DC later this month. If you’re interested in… Continue reading

Inspired to Create a Book List at OceanCliff

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The view of the water from the back of OceanCliff Originally uploaded by teachergal We got all of our writing and reading teaching points solidified for the rest of the school year when… Continue reading

WE’RE PRESENTING AT NCTE IN NOVEMBER!!!!

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I just got off of the phone with Ruth, with whom I shared the great news. Our conversation session proposal, “INSPIRING CHILDREN TO WRITE: TEACHING WRITING WORKSHOP WITH OUR NOTEBOOKS WIDE OPEN” was… Continue reading

Immersing them in the memoir genre

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Deb asked me which texts I’ll be using on day one of the memoir unit. Well, the answer is that I will be reading When the Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant or rereading… Continue reading

P.D.

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OceanCliff Originally uploaded by teachergal I was completely inspired by my surroundings today when I attended a day-long professional development session with my colleagues at OceanCliff in Newport. The drive out there was… Continue reading

Gearing-Up for Memoir

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We’re starting a new unit of study on Monday: MEMOIR! I’ve taught it twice using Calkins and Chiarella’s Book. However, this year is going to be different. Kate and I decided to mesh… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: There Is A Time…

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I was perusing Caroline Kennedy’s poetry anthology for kids, WHICH I LOVE, with one of my students yesterday since she was looking for inspiration during our Writing Workshop. We came across Ecclesiastes 3,… Continue reading

Poetry Pass in Interactive Read Aloud

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We did a Poetry Pass for the first time during Interactive Read Aloud yesterday. I wanted to do it so that I could get the kids writing about a ‘heavy’ poem I presented… Continue reading

Posting Poems

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One of my kiddos posted a poem (which was shown to me when it was in draft form a couple of weeks ago) this morning. I’m exceedingly flattered that I’m seeing poems dedicated… Continue reading

Quotes & Poetry

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Today’s Writing Workshop lesson went soooo well. I had never had kids write about quotations before, but it was such a success! I look forward to folding this lesson into the first unit… Continue reading

Today’s Lesson Was Inspired By One of My Former Students

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Fall 2006. One of my talented former students, who was part of the Extended Day Program, decided to undertake an independent writing project similar to Lisa Meyer’s Book Quotes for Kids: Today’s Interpretations… Continue reading

Wordless Wednesday: A photo I didn’t realize my student took when my camera was in her hands…

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Caught Reading – Photo by A.R. (one of my students) Originally uploaded by teachergal Click on the photo to read the back story.

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Let me just say, I spent the past 38 minutes writing a post in response to the comments left on Monday Musings, while periodically going upstairs and explaining to a 4 year old the importance… Continue reading

Slices of Life

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Please add the following image to your post and/or link back to this post so folks can find other participants. Consider inviting-in someone new to the SOLSC Community. Know a blogger who already… Continue reading

Reading and Writing Their Way Through Summer

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Last week I blogged about summer writing loss. This is because I’m starting to get anxious about the school year ending since I feel like there isn’t enough time for me to do… Continue reading

Writing About Reading: It’s Time to Kick It Up A Notch (or two)

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Jacquie McTaggart published an article in Reading Today‘s April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Appeal to Students’ Pride with Online Book Reviews.” This was a timely article for me since I just put together the… Continue reading

Stacey’s Slices of Life from Passover

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So much good stuff, but there were a few funny mishaps from our Seder that I’m going to share this Tuesday as part of the: So, here goes… (1) NAPKINS I know we… Continue reading

Monday Musings.

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Happy Monday!  Sometimes I find myself editing the content of what I want to post because I feel this blog is more formal than the others in my life.  But today, I’m just… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 8 of 8

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I LOVE Jane Yolen’s book Color Me a Rhyme: Nature Poems for Young People. In fact, I read it to my class last year on the first day of our poetry unit of… Continue reading