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Five on Friday: Travel Edition

A recent visit to San Francisco inspired me to think about oral story telling, publishing, an persuasive writing. Here are five things my trip left me thinking about. PLUS, leave a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a copy of a new picture book from Chronicle Books.

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Story Telling in 104 Degree Heat

Yesterday we headed to Massachusetts for our final field trip of the year. We were supposed to visit the Sculpture Park at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln. However, it was going to be hot. Really hot. Fry-an-egg-on-the-sidewalk and schvitz-like-crazy hot. But we went up there anyway, with lots of water, sunscreen, and hats and the… Continue reading Story Telling in 104 Degree Heat

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Writing Thank You Notes

The art of a thank you note... Miss Annechini, my sixth grade teacher, taught us how to write "Bread and Butter Notes," which has stuck with me for years. However, for years before that, my parents always told me I had to thank someone when they gave me something. In recent years, I've come to… Continue reading Writing Thank You Notes

field trips · poetry · writing workshop

Poetry: 50 Stories Above the Surface

Prudential Center: Skywalk Observatory Originally uploaded by teachergal The entire fourth grade went high on Friday. What did we do? We went up to the Skywalk Observatory at the Prudential Center in Boston. (We didn't hit any traffic AND no one got motion sickness.) Kate and I gave our students a packet for them to… Continue reading Poetry: 50 Stories Above the Surface

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We’re Doing Poetry at the Zoo

at the zoo Originally uploaded by teachergal I just booked a field trip to take my class (and Kate's) to the Zoo next month. I'm so excited since they'll be observing the animals and writing poetry. Hence, NEXT Friday, I'm going to give them this poem as a way of breaking the news to them.… Continue reading We’re Doing Poetry at the Zoo

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Poetry Walking Tour

I'm thinking about stepping out with my students and their families this spring to do a walking tour of Providence. But not just any kind of walking tour... a poetry walking tour. (I've never done this before, but was thinking of sending a letter home like this next week.) Have you ever looked for poetry… Continue reading Poetry Walking Tour · field trips · Pat Werner · supplies · theater

Start Writing Proposals Today!

Pat Werner, my amazing Literacy Coach from my first year of teaching, told me about DonorsChoose, an organization that matches teachers in need of funding with citizen philanthropists, in the fall of 2004. I started writing grant proposals through DonorsChoose and obtained funding for experiences I wanted my students to have. Thanks to Pat informing… Continue reading Start Writing Proposals Today!