Being inspired by a great picture book…

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Today was spent immersing my students in the short fiction genre by reading picture books. Here are the texts my students read and enjoyed either by themselves or with a partner: Beatrice’s Goat… Continue reading

Getting Ready to Launch a Short Fiction Unit of Study

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Touchstone Text: Knuffle Bunny Too — Craft Moves Chart Originally uploaded by teachergal One of the many books I’m going to use as a touchstone text is Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of… Continue reading

A New Look & Feel for TWT

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Ruth and I have been toying with the idea of changing the format of our blog. Well, this morning we finally did it. We’re using a new template on WordPress with TWO sidebars… Continue reading

Celebrating My Artsy Side

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I was talking to Ruth yesterday and realized I needed a place to “showcase” (I put that in quotes because I think it’s a bit ridiculous to use that word in this context)… Continue reading

I Am the Book

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I picked up a book of poetry edited Lee Bennett Hopkins, Wonderful Words, at the New England Mobile Book Fair earlier this month. It was one I hadn’t seen before. Everything inside of… Continue reading

Hooray! Hooray! My students are publishing tomorrow!

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I baked two kinds of cupcakes in honor of my students’ achievement. If this doesn’t say “I’m proud of your accomplishment,” then I don’t know what does! Dotted Decorations Tiny Sprinkles Waiting patiently… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: wordless wednesday

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Play along here — Wordless Wednesday

My Master Writer’s Notebook Is A…

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Well, it’s a disaster! Remember this past summer when I had this idea to recopy all of my old entries into one master writer’s notebook to use for demonstrations in my classroom? Well,… Continue reading

A Hiatus from WNW… Try out Wordless Wednesday This Week

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My Art Tools: Pastels, Erasers, & A Glass of Diet Coke Originally uploaded by teachergal Participate by clicking here. Writer’s Notebook Wednesday will be back next week.

Drafting a Solar System Book

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Tomorrow afternoon in Science Class I’m going to start teaching my kids how to transfer their note cards into details they can use in paragraphs for their Solar System Planet Book. Hence, I… Continue reading

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