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

Stacey’s Eighth of Eight Poems

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This is my color poem, which is written in a list poem format.

Closing the Summer Writing Gap????

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Linda B. Gambrell, President of the International Reading Association, has a great column in the April/May 2008 Issue entitled “Closing the summer reading gap: You can make a difference!” It’s a great column… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 7 of 8

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How often do you truly experience something with all five of your senses? Dew’s Poem Starters got me thinking about using all five of my senses to capture an emotion. Dew’s provides a… Continue reading

Stacey’s Seventh of Eight Poems

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Even if you’re a few days behind, don’t fret. C’mon in and join JOY: Five Senses Poem Originally uploaded by teachergal I chose to write a poem about the emotion joy. I’m not… Continue reading

Quick Writes for A Kid

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Quick Writes Note To Student Originally uploaded by teachergal I came across my list of follow-ups from Family-Teacher Conferences on my desk this evening as I was trying to clean up. I found… Continue reading

A One Week Poetry Challenge: Day 6 of 8

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A couple months ago I purchased Teaching Grammar with Perfect Poems for Middle School: Engaging Lessons with Model Poems That Motivate Kids to Learn Grammar and Write Well by Nancy Mack. Even though… Continue reading