frank serafini.

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Over the next few days I’m going to have a few posts inspired by Frank Serafini, author of numerous works, including Around the Reading Workshop in 80 Days.  All-Write Consortium (which my school district belongs)… Continue reading

Ruth’s SOLC: Studio Desk

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  The first day of March.  The first day of the Slice of Life Challenge (SOLC).  The first entry I’ve ever written in a Moleskine Notebook.  And I’ve found myself paying attention (even… Continue reading

Slice of Life Notebook.

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I made this special just for the challenge.  My very first Moleskine — ooh-la-la!

Short Fiction Rubric

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I finally sat down and created a short fiction rubric for the picture books my students are going to “publish” this-coming week. If you’re in the market for a rubric that provides space… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story Challenge: Day 1

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It’s 12:05 a.m. on March 1st, which means it’s time for me to post the widget for Day 1 of the Slice of Life Story Challenge. Please link your Slice of Life Story… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Leap Year

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I’m sure I won’t be the only person posting this poem today: The Original Leap Year Poem by Anonymous Thirty days hath September, April, June and November. All the rest have thirty-one, Excepting… Continue reading

Tracking Chart

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I created the Slice of Life Story Challenge Tracker and posted it above my desk, which is oddly located in my classroom’s meeting area, this afternoon. I cannot wait to see how many… Continue reading

SOLSC: Student Tracker Spreadsheet

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Need a quick record-keeping form to use to track your students’ Slice of Life Stories in March? If so, click here for a spreadsheet I created and published as a Google Document for… Continue reading

Slice of Life Student Challenge Announcement

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My fourth grade colleague is going to be doing the Slice of Life Story Challenge with her class as well. Therefore, I made this flier to go home with the students tomorrow. It’s… Continue reading

Revision: Dialogue

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The active engagement of today’s minilesson ran a little longer than usual since my students felt as though they needed to help me revise my dialogue after studying the way another author used… Continue reading

Writing Space

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Over the mid-winter recess I asked my students to sketch out their at-home writing space. Further, if they didn’t have an at-home writing space, I asked them to create one. They came back… Continue reading

I don’t have words to describe what I created, so it’s my Wordless Wednesday Submission!

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Ceramics Made in Feb 2008 Originally uploaded by teachergal

Ideas for Creating a 3-D Character from Today’s M.L. Active Engagement

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First, I have to say that today’s lesson I taught, which was adapted from Session 11 of Calkins & Cruz’s Book on Fiction Writing in Grades 3 – 5 is AWESOME. It’s all… Continue reading

Units of Study

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polls – Take Our Poll

A short list of the texts my students went for to help them revise the endings of their stories today…

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One of our readers, Kelly, asked me to share the list of texts my students went for when looking for mentor texts to help them revise the endings of their short fiction pieces… Continue reading

today –

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I have just a few minutes before the day starts to really roll, but I wanted to quickly share a quote from Ralph Fletcher’s book, Live Writing: Breathing Life Into Your Words” We… Continue reading

Eight Slice of My Life –> Sharing With My Students

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This will be the cover page for the eight slice of life stories I wrote this past week. I’m going to be sharing them with my students so that they, too, can take… Continue reading

Endings

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Good thing tomorrow’s minilesson in writing focuses on using touchstone texts to improve the ending of a story. I just finished the ending of my short fiction piece for this unit of study.… Continue reading

Slice of Life Story: It’s in the Blue Bag

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My First Sunday Times in RI Originally uploaded by teachergal I slid my feet into my flip flops and grabbed my keys from the “Do Not Forget” Key Holder that is around my… Continue reading

Slice of Life: Christina

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Working on a Weekend Originally uploaded by teachergal It took a very special person to fill-in my Grandmother’s Speed Dial Spot on my cell phone after she passed away last year. In fact,… Continue reading