Nov 4, 2014

Speed Blogging! PowToons, IRA Conferences, a GIVEWAY, and much more!

Hello teacher friends!  Happy Election Day!  YES, I am blogging today.  :)  I know it's been a while, but I've been a bit busy.  Let's call this "SPEED BLOGGING," shall we?

On your mark, get set, GO!

Post #1
I LOVE POWTOONS!  Have you tried it?  A step up from PowerPoint but operates very similarly with a few extra bells and whistles that create animated movie clips from your slides.  Check this one out!  It's the notebook organizational system that we use in my classroom.
My kids love these videos.

  

Post #2
Anyone going to South Carolina's IRA Conference this year?  I am so excited!  We will be presenting but we don't have the time or day yet!  Who's going?

Post #3
Now, for those of you that stayed with me till the end, I have a GIVEAWAY for you!  As you all may know, I am a huge fan of the integration of Social Studies into my ELA Workshop.  A sweet friend has a store on Teachers Pay Teachers and she has created some terrific resources for this type of integration.  

If you are interested in registering for this GIVEAWAY, please complete the Google Form below and I will have my son pick a winner this weekend!  If you are interested in purchasing this wonderful resource, you can click on the image above.  Make sure to follow the Sweetest Thing to stay up to date on all the wonderful resources she creates for us!





Thanks for reading!  Have a great day! :)

Aug 5, 2014

ELA/SS Integration GIVE-AWAY!

Hi teacher friends!  I'm popping in today to share a great GIVE-AWAY that I simply couldn't live without.

My dear friend Lauren, from The Sweetest Thing just completed a bundle of Nonfiction Leveled Passages that is fabulous.  The bundle covers Native Americans and Early Explorers through the Civil War and one lucky winner will receive the entire BUNDLE!

If you are looking for a little later time period in history, she also has a bundle that picks up from Reconstruction and carries you and your students all the way to present day!

These articles are fabulous for any activities you are looking for to integrate Social Studies into your ELA program.  They are lexiled and very informative.  I use these in small groups, workstations, and occasionally for research and reference.

If you are interested in jumping into the GIVE-AWAY, please complete the form below.  My husband will choose a random number response and I will send you a link to the first bundle!  That's it...very simple.  :) Give it a try.   Also if you would, please leave a comment of how you might use these in your classroom so that others can share your ideas too and follow this blog so that you can see who WINS!  THANKS and GOOD LUCK!

(I will be the only one that sees your name and email address and I will send out the winning link on FRIDAY.)  No worries.  :)

Aug 1, 2014

Fun Fridays CAN be PRODUCTIVE in an ELA/SS Classroom!

I have a FUN plan for FUN FRIDAYS this year.  In the past, I have struggled with how to make FUN FRIDAYS productive, and yet still allow FRIDAYS to be something that is looked forward to and celebrated, while I meet with my small groups to wrap up the week. There is a fine-line somewhere between the fun and productive and I am determined to find that line and jump on it.  I hope that my colleague/friend and I have found it.

My rotation system for our work stations runs on a 4 day rotation for a number of reasons.  
  • First, we are always missing a day for something during the week and I need a little wiggle room!
  • Secondly, rarely is everyone in my class present everyday during every week!
  • Thirdly, my students never work at the same pace!
  • I need a wrap up day.
  • And lastly, and quite possibly the reason I stuck with a 4 day rotation system, was that it simply works well for me and I couldn't come to terms with any other system.
This 4 day system means that Fridays seem to be free- sometimes for -some students.  Not all students, and not all weeks, but never-the-less, I need something PRODUCTIVE for those high achievers that not only attend school everyday, but also finish their work ON-TIME every week. :)  I don't want to ASSIGN work to these kids.  That doesn't seem quite fair...plus who would strive to finish their work if that were the case. Because of this, I need something that is PRODUCTIVE and MOTIVATING that they will look forward to, and strive to earn the right to participate in should the FUN time present itself!

Here's our plan!

My sweet friend created this TIC-TAC-TOE board for our students.
I know...TIC-TAC-TOE activity boards aren't necessarily novel ideas, but my students will file their "projects" in FUN-TASTIC Portfolios for the end of the year.  They will end up with a creative timeline of their own activities that will walk them through the study of American History, and...their study will be based on BOOKS!  Is there anything better for our students to do with their spare time when they've accomplished all their work??

It's a WIN-WIN-WIN-WIN!
They get the freedom to choose fun activities!
They are doing PRODUCTIVE READING activities!
AND, they are reviewing our Social Studies unit as they work!
They file it themselves in their FUN-TASTIC portfolios which means no extra work for me!

We will use the same filing system that we use for our WRITING PORTFOLIOS.


It is a self-pacing, early finisher option that leads to a big reward, but doesn't prompt pressure for the students that just can't seem to make it to the finish line each week.
 Hope you can use this idea in your classroom!

Follow on Bloglovin 

Jul 22, 2014

PIC-TORY {A Close "Reading" Strategy for Social Studies}

While riding with my family to and from DC (8 hours for us), we decided to make the most of this educational trip and download an audio book about American History. YAY! (Okay, I decided!:) )

My search led me to: 
We downloaded the app and book...and off we went!


While listening to the book, I kept tapping the icon replay the previous 30 seconds, and of course, this led the teacher in me to think about how I could use this to teach the IMPORTANCE of RE-READING.  

The more I listened, the more I realized how many new details I was picking up as I replayed each section and the nerd in me wanted to take notes!   How fun would it be to draw what I learning so I could remember it?!  

SO....the strategy of PIC-TORY was born!

Here are my thoughts.
  1. Each student will set up a page in their notebook for our "game." ;)
  2. I will play a bookmarked section of the story once for my students to draw and label what they hear on their first "read." 
  3. I will then replay the section a few more times asking my students to add details to their picture each time they notice something new in the text.  
  4. At the end, we will see just how many details they picked up!  :)
The end result should be a personal anchor chart that shows the comprehension of an historical text!  Lots of standards, strategies, and skills all tied together in a fun way.

Hope you can use this strategy!


Jul 5, 2014

Author Celebrations and STRESS-FREE Portfolios

I've blogged before about AUTHOR CELEBRATIONS.  You can read about them here if you would like more information.  :)  Here's the short version so we can get to the STRESS-FREE PORTFOLIOS.

We spend about a month on each of our ELA/SS integrated units/topics.  During our units, we compile information through picture books, short stories, articles, research, etc. as we work toward a culminating project.  This project is a demonstration of all our work and learning throughout the entire unit!  At the end, we want to celebrate this project with an authentic audience and special guests!  We use sticky notes and "Walls of Fame" to celebrate and interact with the audience!  It truly is a wonderful experience for the kids and their parents. :)

Here's the beauty of this celebration.  I. JUST. WATCH!  That's right...our guests and students do all the work, and my students do all the filing!  It's a beautiful system in which my students take the lead!  



What makes this so simple is our FILING and PORTFOLIO procedures!

I teach 2 blocks of students.  So I need 2 class sets of files.  Each class gets a different color folder.  I use hanging files with numbered folders, so that I don't have to make new folders each year.  

For example, hanging file #19 has a red 19 folder and a manila 19 folder.  Block one is red, block 2 is manila.  I have a set of drafting file bins and a set of portfolio file bins.  During the unit, my students save their outlines, research, rough drafts, etc. in their drafting folders, filed in the DRAFTING BINS.  They do all the filing and take all the responsibility.

After the Author Celebration, my students pull their portfolio folders from the PORTFOLIO bins, hole punch their projects, add them to their portfolio rings, along with their "Walls of Fame," and file it away for safe keeping along with all their other projects and "Walls of Fame" from previous units.  

Other than training my students and grading their projects, they take all the responsibility and do all the work!

A couple of tips for the set up:
  • I use 2 small filing bins for our drafting folders.  Students numbered 1-13 go to a bin on one side of the room, and students numbered  14-26 go to the other side of the room.  That way there is less traffic at the bins.  :)  Small bins work well for drafting folders because there is only one project's worth of papers in that folder at a time.  I can still get 26 folders in a bin.   BUT, because there is only one class in my room at a time, I only have 13 students using each bin during a class period, so very little waiting in line...I hope that makes sense. :)
  • I use 2 LARGE filing bins for our portfolios because they will contain at least 8 projects, and 8 "Walls of Fame" before the end of the school year.  Those get rather full.  I do however, use the same system of splitting the class into bins on different sides of the room to help with traffic flow.  

That's it!  I hope you can use Author Celebrations in your classrooms and I hope our system of DRAFTING FOLDERS and filing PORTFOLIOS makes life a little easier for you!

Follow on Bloglovin

Jul 4, 2014

You Don't have to Teach Grammar in ISOLATION...There's another WAY!

As teachers, there is never enough time in our day!   I try to combine lessons as much as possible and get as much "bang for my buck" with each activity as I can.

I read a lot of picture books to integrate Social Studies into my ELA lessons.  Thanks to Ideas by Jivey and Collaboration Cuties, (These ladies have some fabulous sets all ready to go with texts they've chosen.) I have started using this process after reading a picture book to my class.  We pick a sentence or paragraph from the text that we love!  This really makes the kids look at the text. ;)  Then we follow the following steps.



It takes a lot of MODELING for kids to pick up on the grammar techniques and skills used by the author, but they eventually start to notice some pretty cool things!  I stop after each STEP to model my own thinking, but I eventually have my students doing the steps alone.  This gives me a chance to share "what I noticed, how I would make it better, and then what I learned myself.  During these little "stops," I can throw in any grammar skills I was hoping they might have noticed on their own if they missed them!  Just like magic, when we do our next MODEL TEXT, they look for the things that I pointed out to them using the previous picture book!  (Another great resource for this concept is The Writing Thief by Ruth Culham.  She offers some wonderful suggestions.)

So I get reading standards, writing standards, language standards, and even social studies standards from one book by the time we're done with it!  Hope you can use this task card.  If you are interested, click on image of the card itself or GRAB IT HERE!


Here's a sample from a student's notebook using a sentence from The Butter Battle Book by Dr. Seuss.  Yes, I love Dr. Seuss, even in especially in the upper elementary grades!  If you are interested, you can read more about how I use Seuss HERE. :)
Thanks for reading!


Follow on Bloglovin

Jul 2, 2014

"Stuffing Turkeys" during a Social Studies and ELA Literacy Block

I must admit, I did not come up with this name.  A sweet student started calling one of our small group activities "STUFFING TURKEYS," and because I'm a bit crazy like that, I asked her why?.  Here's the answer I got...

"You are always making us pull the facts out of one side of the paper and stuff them into the other.  When we don't have enough facts, you tell us to keep stuffing our work space until we have addressed every single fact from the article. So we have to keep re-reading it until we have stuffed enough facts into the box to make you happy with our PLUMP TURKEYS, so we call them TURKEYS!"  WORKS FOR ME!

Here's a sample of a PLUMP TURKEY!

A few things to notice:
BLACK ARROW: The kids must draw lines to separate the sections or paragraphs to show me where exactly they are pulling the facts from.  That way I know if they pulled each and every fact!

RED ARROW:  The kids are allowed to use texts, but it shouldn't be the text from the article.  Someone already wrote that.  It has to be something in their own words that reiterates the facts.  

BLUE ARROW:  The kids may use pictures.  This particular child drew Sputnik in outer space and a very happy member of the Soviet Union celebrating.  I bet she will never forget which country had the first visit to outer space!

We often "stuff turkeys" at the beginning of each unit using our GUIDING TEXT.  Once my students have pulled all the facts out of our overview of the unit, they are ready to dive deeply into exploration of the topics related to that unit!  It's a win-win for all of us.  I get CLOSE-READING from my students, they get a great preview and background knowledge at the beginning of our unit!


Follow on Bloglovin

Jul 1, 2014

Guiding Text for ELA/Social Studies Integration

What the heck is a GUIDING TEXT?  Frankly, I'm not sure "GUIDING TEXTS" is the best name for this document, but this seems to be what  I always end up calling it!  Yes, it's our NOTES.  It's our "story." It's our social studies facts.  It's lots of things in my room!  It's even a resource for "TURKEYS"...long story for another day!

But at the end of  the day...it feels like it "guides" everything we do, so it has become our "GUIDING TEXT."  Feel free to suggest a new name in the comments.  I'm open to suggestions. :)  Here's what it is, and what we do with it!

Our guiding texts is a condensed version of everything we cover during an integrated ELA/SS unit.  It gives us a nice starting point in the room.  It gives the parent's a nice resource for studying, and it gives me something to build our unit around.

It includes most of our vocabulary. (Some of our vocabulary is covered at a Word Work Station where my students work with affixes and roots.) It includes all of our Social Studies facts, and a few of our reading skills.  It also provides a tremendous resource for my students when they are working on their CULMINATING PROJECT at the end of each unit.

You see...it guides our integration.  :)  From here I choose articles, primary and secondary sources, stories, and picture books to use as I teach my ELA standards and  I get to "kill two birds with one stone," so to speak!  By the time we've read and analyzed approximately 4 weeks of additional texts based on these topics, we have more than covered our social studies lessons!  And, in the eyes of my parents, these are great notes for the kids to study when it is time for a social studies test.  My parents and kids always know they can find these near the TAB in the Workshop Notebooks. :)

It's actually a very easy way to teach social studies and a great way to buy more reading time for you and your students! ;)

Follow on Bloglovin

Jun 30, 2014

Integrated Literacy Block Notebooks

Hi Teacher friends!  Recently I've had a few questions about NOTEBOOK ORGANIZATION!  I must admit...I am an ORGANIZATION~AHOLIC!  Things must be organized or I feel completely lost.  I imagine that my students and parents must feel the same way, so I work very hard to keep us organized. Since, we put ALL of our WORKSHOP work, including both SOCIAL STUDIES and ELA into our notebooks, it's important that I am clear on my instructions.  Here's how we do it in my room!

TABS!

I know what you are thinking.  How is that a novel idea?  Well, we use the TABS fully to our advantage!  My students are only allowed to TAB the beginning of each unit on their NEWSLETTER page.


Their NEWSLETTER page includes all important dates, reminders, vocabulary, essential questions, and skills for our UNIT.  Perhaps best of all, it is always followed by our GUIDING TEXT that encompasses everything that will be covered in our unit for social studies.  I'll post later about how we use our guiding text, but for now, just know that my students (and their parents) know that all the facts they need to remember for social studies can be found in those texts.

After the TAB SECTION, you can find ALL of our station work, small group work, vocabulary work, grammar word, etc.  You name it, and we include it in our WORKSHOP NOTEBOOK.  But, most importantly, my students (and their parents) know that everything they need to know for the entire unit is located near the TAB!  It's actually very simple!  Hope this helps!
Follow on Bloglovin 

Jun 29, 2014

Literacy Block Organization

Happy Sunday!  This morning I stumbled onto a fun little party over at Where the Magic Happens that apparently has been going on for quite some time and I've been so busy that I've missed the boat. :( I'm jumping on mid-stream to link up!

Literacy Block Organization

Book Talk Time (30-40 minutes)

Each day I begin class with a brief greeting about how much I am enjoying my current novel and why I can’t wait to pick it back up. I may mention a great kid’s novel that I just heard about, or one that I noticed one of them reading.  This is not a lesson, just a conversation with my fellow readers.  Then I tell them that they may begin reading whatever they would like, but I do give them a few reminders about how they should read. Sometimes I use the metaphor of being a zombie.  I suggest that they should crawl out of their bodies and into their books and onto whatever adventure their main character might be experiencing at that point in their story.  This often gives them a visual that they can relate to. Another great visual is to say that they should feel as though they are watching a movie.  If they can't "see" the movie as they read, then the aren't doing what we call "REAL READING!" Some might be reading mythology, some adventure, some even realistic fiction about kids their own ages.  
Next, I meet with each child individually throughout the week to document and talk about what they are reading, their progress, and work on whatever skills they need to successfully grow as readers.  At the end of this time each day, I hear moans and groans because my students do not want to stop!  What more could a reading teacher ask for?


Mini-Lesson, Shared Reading, Read Aloud (20 minutes)

During this time I usually begin my Social Studies integration.  I might read a picture book that models a specific WRITING CRAFT that I want to talk about or maybe there is a specific READING STANDARD or strategy that we will be working on in small groups that I want to introduce.  If you've read my blog before, you are probably already aware that I LOVE picture books for social studies, so maybe, just maybe, I am reading the book to my students simply because I love it!  There is ALWAYS something that can be taught through a good picture book.


Guided Reading, Small Groups, Literacy Stations (60 minutes)


This gets a big complicated, but my kids are trained in my procedures and our workshop runs like a well oiled machine.  :)

During this 60 minutes, we do 3 rotations of approximately 30 minutes each depending on when we get started. (Sometimes our mini-lessons run a bit long or I spend some extra time modeling expectations and we end up with 20 minutes for each rotation. I check the clock; calculate our time; and divide by three before we get started.)  During this time my students follow the chart above.  They simply follow the cards by their names.  Each child will visit SMALL GROUP plus 2 other STATIONS during our workshop each day. I then rotate the cards and they visit the available stations other days so that they have visited each station by the end of the week. Typically they will visit 2 of the following each day.
  •  a WORD WORK station where they work on affixes or roots
  • an AMERICAN HISTORY station where they read and interact with an article that dives a bit deeper into our social studies topic
  • an EDMODO station where they watch and respond to a social studies video 
  • a CURRENT EVENTS station where they might visit NewsELA and read articles and quiz on them, or might watch CNN News
  • a SPECIAL OCCASION station (Who knows what I might throw in there?!)
These are our standards but others like POETRY, WORD GAMES, NONFICTION, MAGAZINES, READING CAMPGROUND, etc. pop up from time to time. :)


Journal/Blog Time (20 minutes)

This is a time when creativity and social butterflies BLOOM!  Although my students visit the writing lab twice a week for writing instruction and we ALWAYS culminate our units with a big writing project and an AUTHOR CELEBRATION, I like to give my students time to write freely and explore topics that interest them.  We journal almost everyday, but at least twice a week I try to allow my students to blog on Kidblog.
Kidblog provides my students with the authentic audience of their peers and their parents.  Students may write about any appropriate topics that they like on their blogs and may comment on each other’s blogs to discuss their topics or simply to compliment the writing of a classmate.  Each student is aware that I must first monitor, assist, and publish their pieces and comments before their writing is visible to their peers.  This allows me the opportunity to work on their writing, spelling, and grammar skills in a real life setting that is important to them and specific to their individual needs, rather than a canned type of activity which would have no meaningful attachment to it.   This also allows me to monitor their interaction with their peers, the community, and the online world while developing many technology and writing skills at the same time.


Not much will be changing but I am adding a few additions!
I attended and loved a conference by Kylene Beers and Robert Probst on their book Notice and Note!
I created these BOOKMARKS,


and these matching POSTERS to go along with what I learned!  

I will definitely be incorporating these into our BOOK TALK Time.

I also attended and loved a conference session by Christopher Lehman on Falling in Love with Close Reading.  Since BOOKMARKS seem to be my thing, I created these.  Feel free to grab them if you like.  :)



Most EVERYTHING will stay the same except I will be adding some new content.  Instead of teaching 2 ELA/SS BLOCKS that are strictly fifth grade, I will be adding fourth grade to the mix which means I will integrating their social studies content as well.  That's right...I will be teaching one 4th grade block and one 5th grade block.  I will be teaching from the LAND BRIDGE THEORY to present day HISTORY IN THE MAKING!


Fortunately, or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it...I don't have a TPT store, so what you see is what you get.  I guess you could count my posters and bookmarks that are attached above as my "PRODUCTS" but they are FREE!  Help yourself by CLICKING on them if you are interested ;)


Follow on Bloglovin 

May 31, 2014

I Need Picture Book Suggestions for Social Studies!

Big News!  It is official!  I will be teaching one block of ELA/Social Studies in FIFTH grade and another block of ELA/Social Studies in FOURTH grade!

How is this going to work you ask?  I have no idea!  The scheduling end of this plan is being left up to someone else.  :)

My part of this plan involves the unit building and teaching...which I am VERY, VERY EXCITED about!

I currently teach 2 blocks of ELA/SS in fifth grade.  I spent a lot of time this year building integrated units that I am very proud of.  In fact, part of our presentation in New Orleans at #IRA14 was all about integration.  You can read more about there here.


I am a firm believer that READING AND WRITING are important in every aspect of life and should be taught that way in our classrooms.  Therefore, my instruction is totally intertwined with ELA all day long!

Here's where you come in!  I need some help.  I use lots and lots of PICTURE BOOKS for instruction. I actually teach most of my grammar through picture books using model texts and" stealing", as Ruth Culham calls it in The Writing Thief.  :)  I need to hear about your favorites so I can begin building my fourth grade units!

I have my fifth grade units covered, but I always LOVE a good book if you other suggestions...I am starting fresh with my fourth grade units and I want lots!

HERE ARE MY TOPICS:
1 -I will start with the land bridge and early explorers.
2- I will move on to European Settlements.
3- The Road to the Revolution
4- Revolutionary War
5- Planning our Government
6- Westward Expansion
7- Slavery in the North and the South
8- The Civil War

Please email me, or share in the comments, or tweet to me, or find whatever social media contact you like to help me start my collection for these units.  :)  I have already written and funded, (YAY), a Donors Choose grant for graphic novels to cover all the above listed topics, so I have graphic novels completely under control.  I do a complete graphic novel unit, which you can read about here.

If you are not familiar with Donors Choose, you should really check it out.  I was able to order almost $500 worth of graphic novel with funds that added up in less that 24 hours!  What a happy day!

Follow on Bloglovin 
Have a great weekend!

May 25, 2014

The "All-in-One" History Book!

How often do you spend time looking for historical short stories to use for small group instruction, work stations, or close reads?  This book has it all!  500 years of American History through the eyes of those that saw it happen.

This compilation of short narratives has something to address every topic in history no matter what you are studying.  From "Columbus Meets the Native Americans" to "Getting Wired: An Email from Bill Gates," this book touches every part of our nation's history and tells the stories from a few perspectives you might not have heard before.  Other interesting titles include, "America's First Steam Engine Races a Horse", "The First Telegraph Message", and "Dropping the Atomic Bomb."

Yes, it is written for adults.  I'm also the teacher that encourages picture books in upper grades (see post here), so why not adult books in lower grades, as long as they are appropriate, of course. :)  I pull the short stories, adapt to lower levels if necessary, credit the author and the editor, and use these stories in all sorts of ways!  Perhaps best of all...my kiddos get excited when they realize they are reading really grown-ups stories from a grown-up book!

Lots of great history and lots of great reading, just waiting to be used by social studies teachers!

Check it out and see what short stories you can borrow from this fabulous resource!


Click over and visit Collaboration Cuties and find a few other great Social Studies Mentor Texts you can use in your classroom!


If you are out for the summer, have a wonderful week.  If you are still in your classroom, enjoy your kiddos!



Follow on Bloglovin

May 17, 2014

Sparking Reading Motivation in Big Readers and Little Readers

Yesterday was a great day!  Heck this entire week has been fabulous.  I returned from New Orleans in the middle of the night on Monday and crawled to school to volunteer on a field trip...there was no way I could have taught all day.  We attended and presented at the IRA Conference and had a fabulous time!  The field trip was wonderful and I got to drop in on all my kiddos to say a quick hello. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, we simply enjoyed DEVOURING all the new books I brought back from the conference!

We were so successful at finding comfortable spots to read that we invited a few little guys in to watch us! They needed to see how big kids CRAWL into books.  :)  I gave my ZOMBIE analogy, and after they all looked at me like I was crazy, they began to let their brains CRAWL out of their bodies and into their books as well!



Today I'm linking up with an old blogging buddy over at HEAD OVER HEELS FOR TEACHING to share a MOTIVATIONAL tip!  If you have big readers, let them model for little readers!  We helped them create iMOVIEs for their books, let them tell us about their books, and simply let them join us as we read comfortably!  It was very motivating for everyone involved...AND...I even got to read a bit of my newest book by Kelly Gallagher that I picked up in New Orleans!  What an inspirational guy!

Have a great weekend and click over and visit Joanne to find some other Motivational ideas!


Follow on Bloglovin 

May 4, 2014

Picture Books in Fifth Grade? Of Course!!

How many of you love a great picture book that makes you think?  How many of you think that today's kids spend too much time with technology?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, this book is for YOU!

Chris Van Allsburg is a phenomenal author!  He really makes you think.  If you haven't taken the time to read his books CLOSELY as an adult, you really should.  

Reading this book as a small child, it is about a group of intelligent men who board a ship together on a mission.  They love to read, talk, and play games together.  They stumble upon a stone that emits light, and is slightly gray in color.  They begin staring at the stone instead of the other things they did when they first came aboard.  As the story goes on, the men begin to turn into apes that want only want to stare at the "stone" and the light coming from it. HINT, HINT!!

Now...AS AN ADULT, or as a TEACHER wanting to make students think more DEEPLY about a text, what could a stone that makes intelligent men stop doing intelligent things and simply sit and stare possibly be? ;)

This is the type of deep CRITICAL thinking we want to teach our children!  AND, this is a must have book for all teachers!  In fact, almost all of Chris Van Allsburg's books can be used in this way!  ENJOY!

Click over and visit Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties to find a few other "must haves" for your classroom! 

Happy SUNDAY and have a great week!  
I'm off to New Orleans for the big IRA Conference!  I CAN NOT WAIT!!
I'll be presenting on Saturday.  Come see me if you are there!

Cutting the Ties to One Size Fits All Literacy Instruction
Saturday May 10 at 11:00
Room 340-341
Event # 01374
You can also download some of the handouts that will be available at our session here! :)
Follow on Bloglovin

May 3, 2014

Who's Going to New Orleans?! :) #IRA14



Not only am I super excited to be presenting this year, I can't wait to attend other sessions and learn from all of you! Come see us at Cutting The Ties to One Size Fits All Literacy Instruction and leave a comment here to let me know where you are presenting and I'll try to come by!


Cutting the Ties to One Size Fits All Literacy Instruction
Saturday May 10 at 11:00
Room 340-341
Event # 01374

Our Workshop will consist of 3 SECTIONS!  See Below:

1~How to teach your students to love reading, while still teaching the standards!


2~ How to teach integrated units using music, picture books, videos, writing, etc.  Anything and everything except TEXTBOOKS!


3~How to motivate and encourage lifelong readers and writers through authentic reading and writing communities!


I'll attach a few handouts here just in case you can't make it.  Help yourself to anything you might be able to use!  Hope to see you in NOLA!



Click here to download a copy of the Book Talk handout.











Click here to download a copy of the Celebrating Authors handout.









Click here to download a copy of the Creating Book Trailers with iMovie.
You can also read more about it here. :)




Click here for a copy of the Dr. Seuss Goes to War handout.
You can also read more about it here.  :)









Click here for a copy of The Great Depression and Graphic Novels handout.
You can also read more about it here. :)





Follow on Bloglovin 

Copyright © Creating Lifelong Learners | Blog Template by Lilipop Designs