biography · mentor texts · nonfiction · picture book · poetry · Read Aloud · social justice · solar system

Black History Month & Beyond – My #NF10for10 + 10 Book Giveaways

Today is the annual Nonfiction Picture Book 10 for 10, hosted by Cathy Mere from Reflect and Refine, Mandy Robek of Enjoy and Embrace Learning, and Julie Balen of Write at the Edge. This is my third year participating in this event, which provides me with a chance to expand my nonfiction TBR list.  Last… Continue reading Black History Month & Beyond – My #NF10for10 + 10 Book Giveaways

blogging · professional development · quote · reflective practice · solar system · student work

Friday Favorites

Unfortunately I don't have a photo from Favorite #1. Christy Rush-Levine and I met for a walk + dinner on Tuesday. Christy is one of those people who help me feel grounded and real. Favorite #2: Earlier this week Brenda Power from Choice Literacy visited Deb Gaby and me at school. As always, Brenda fuels me.… Continue reading Friday Favorites

expository · publishing · science · solar system

Guidelines for a Publishing Party

This was the first time in four years that I ever put together a readers' and listeners' responsibilities list for a Publishing Party. However, I think it helped my students get focused on what their job was at this Publishing Party, for which all of the writing was done OUTSIDE of Writing Workshop during our… Continue reading Guidelines for a Publishing Party

drafting · expository · non-narrative writing · science · solar system

Drafting a Solar System Book

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 needed a model to demonstrate with. Therefore, I spent a bit of time this evening drafting my own report on Planet Earth,… Continue reading Drafting a Solar System Book

expository · non-narrative writing · organization · picture book · science · solar system

Getting Organized for a “Report” Writing

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 10 page non-fiction picture book.) They're also reading nonfiction books about the Solar System in Science Class. Hence, we needed to teach… Continue reading Getting Organized for a “Report” Writing