Picture Books

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pic bk announcement Originally uploaded by teachergal Instead of writing short stories, we’re having our students write picture books. (Did this last year… loved it and HIGHLY recommend it.) In order to get… Continue reading

Need Inspiration?

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Look no further than In Other Words, which is a site that posts a quote daily and asks you to write off of that quote. Today’s quote comes from Norbert Platt and is… Continue reading

Today is NOT just another day off!

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Today is not a day for loafing around in pajamas. Today is not just a day for surfing the web. Today is not just a day for reading magazines on the couch. No,… Continue reading

share your stories.

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Sometimes I feel that as teachers we are so focused on preparing kids for the next level that we forget what writing can do for them right now.  And even more often, we forget… Continue reading

Self-Assessing Their Notebooks

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Inspired by Davis and Hill‘s Book The No-Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing: Strategies, Structures, and Solutions, which is published by Heinemann, I began giving my students weekend writing assessments last year. One of… Continue reading

News & Announcements Charts

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I’m a big proponent of Responsive Classroom, which places as much value on the social curriculum as the academic curriculum. (I attending a Responsive Classroom Institute during the Summer of 2006. It was… Continue reading

Word Up Ruth!

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Ruth liked the idea of keeping all of my OLWs in the same binder. Hence, I decided to go back to the 2007 OLW Word Up List and created pages that illustrate the… Continue reading

STEPS: One Little Word

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steps Originally uploaded by teachergal I’m took the first OLW Challenge of the New Year this evening. I know I’m not submitting this for the OLW Contest since the “Steps” Contest ended a… Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Something New

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 Yesterday I checked in on a blog that is becoming a favorite — Cool People I Know.  Little Purple Cow (aka Stephanie) had posted a poem in a form called etheree.  (It’s a focus… Continue reading

Stumbling into a first grade classroom

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I stumbled into a colleague’s classroom on Tuesday and found a chart posted about line breaks. It included a poem by Zoe Ryder White, whose work I was unfamiliar with. (I’m a bit… Continue reading

STILL: One Little Word

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I tried out the “One Little Word” Challenge and came up with this. Not great, but not bad for my first time participating, right? STILL: One Little Word Originally uploaded by teachergal

“Everything and everyone goes on and on.”

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I’ve read Jacqueline Woodson’s Book Sweet, Sweet Memory to three classes now. However, I’ve never had such an intense discussion with any other group of children about Sweet, Sweet Memory as I did… Continue reading

Getting Organized for a “Report” Writing

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Th entire fourth grade is going to be doing a report writing within science class (separate from our Writing Workshop). (It’s not actually a report since the final form will be an illustrated… Continue reading

Ruth’s WN Entry: Bath Time Routine

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So, I totally forgot to take photos of the pre-dinner routine.  I’ll try for it this weekend & make another post on Inspiring Readers & Writers.  So the bath time routine will have… Continue reading

Some Websites

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Here are a few websites I thought may interest readers of this blog. Mary Helen Gensch, a writing coach for Whitko School District, shared this site for Graphic Organizers.  There are maybe a… Continue reading

Still

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For those of you who enjoyed our “One Little Word” Thing (which we borrowed from { A }’s blog), please go to the One Little Word Blog, where they have bi-weekly contests for… Continue reading

WNW About Routines Is Here!

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Link your entry about routines to us with Mr. Linky or post a comment. Click here for Stacey’s post. And here for Ruth’s (after dinnertime tonight).

reading research.

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Today’s lesson in the sixth grade class went along the lines of Ways to Be a Good Researcher.  I taught:   Complete your source sheet only when you know you’ll be taking notes… Continue reading

WN Entry: Je me leve…

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I had a little trouble deciding the routine I’d write about today. However, I wanted to pay hommage to my third and fourth grade French Teacher, so I chose the first routine of… Continue reading

Persuasive Letter Lessons

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Here’s a great link to some persuasive letter lessons, complete with a business letter template, which I’ve used with my students since I started teaching, over at Scholastic.com. True, it’s written for high… Continue reading