ruth’s wn entry: fantasy story character & magic & setting.

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Here are a couple of pages from my writer’s notebook.  I put them on transparencies and used them to teach a focus lesson about doing some “deep thinking” about a story before actually… Continue reading

Stacey’s WN Entry: Weekends in Brooklyn with My Dad

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Coney Island: 2004 Originally uploaded by teachergal When I was a little girl my father used to take me to Brooklyn at least once a month so we could spend time with his… Continue reading

Memory Boxes are a big hit!

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I modeled the golf glove piece to my class today during my demonstration. I partially wrote it out and partially wrote in the air. Then, I had the kids select one item from… Continue reading

fantasy writing.

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I’m working in a fifth grade classroom this week who studied Chris Van Allsburg and are now working on their own fantasy stories.  I must admit I was a bit skeptical about the… Continue reading

playing with technology.

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I started a wiki a few weeks ago and have been playing with this form of sharing .  When you go there, you will see it’s a work in progress.  I’m still in the… Continue reading

moving from notebooks to drafts.

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It’s that time of the year in many classrooms.  Check out the discussion (via the comments) in Jen Barney’s post:  A Moment.  Great discussion & ideas.

Cybils

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I’m honored to be part of the Cybils Fiction Picture Book Judging Team. Thanks Anne and Kelly!

How can we help?

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I noticed that the First Year Teacher Page is one of the second most-popular “post” on our blog. Since we’re about one month into the school year, I wanted to ask HOW we… Continue reading

Here’s what’s going inside of the memory box I’ll create tomorrow with my students…

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1. Golf Glove purchased on Kiawah Island in the late 1990’s. Used twice. Maybe three times. Stories from my golf lesson abound. (I think this is what I’ll model with during my Minilesson… Continue reading

Memory Boxes

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We’re creating Memory Boxes in Writing Workshop tomorrow. (Then on Tuesday they’ll start writing entries based-off of the items in their box.) Problem: It’s 10:03 p.m. and I haven’t figured out what to… Continue reading

Weekend Writing Assessments

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Davis and Hill gave me the idea to have students fill out a weekend writer’s notebook assessment. I gave it to my students for the first time today and walked them through a… Continue reading

Poetry Friday is here!

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“Hurt No Living Thing” Hurt no living thing: Ladybird, nor butterfly, Nor moth with dusty wing, Nor cricket chirping cheerily, Nor grasshopper so light of leap, Nor dancing gnat, nor beetle fat, Nor… Continue reading

Reacting to the World

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I shared my September 11th WN Entry with my class today since my teaching point was: Writers react to things that are happening in the world around them by writing long about events… Continue reading

Round Challah

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I’ve noticed that there aren’t any explicit directions on how to make a round challah online for the Jewish High Holy Days. Hence, since I’m about to engage in some challah making, I… Continue reading

comments.

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We’ve been noticing that we’re getting visitors from across the globe.  Can’t tell you how much this makes us smile!  In an effort to boost comments, we’ve made it so you no longer… Continue reading

Mapping Our Hearts

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Heart Map Display Originally uploaded by teachergal My demo was too long. And because of that, the entire day ran late. HOWEVER, we had an amazing Writing Workshop where my students crafted maps… Continue reading

ruth’s wn entry: take me back.

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Jen’s post, Take Me Back,  inspired another kind of entry about place.  In this entry, you list all the things you love about a specific place, using as many senses as possible.  Here’s… Continue reading

Today is Writer’s Notebook Wednesday

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Please leave a comment with a link to your post, OR leave a comment with your entry. THANKS!!!

process.

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I’m working in some  primary classes (first & second grade) this week.  One thing I’ve been reminded of is the big difference between first and second grade.  Although they are only one year… Continue reading

Plan Boxes

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I introduced the idea of Plan Boxes (see Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study for grades 3-5 if you want more info on these amazing management tools!) to my class today. While some of… Continue reading