Category: Teachers: Fun Ideas for Your Classroom

Getting started: Picture Book writing for Student Authors.

Dear Wonderful Teachers: Yes–YOU. On Monday, I talked to a class of Student Authors who are writing their own picture books, and weren’t sure how to get started. It reminded me of the Picture Book Unit that was always a hit with my students. Have you ever tried this? Pair up Kinders or first graders with your Student… Read more »

Second Graders Accept Writing Challenge!

Mrs. Hicks’ 2nd graders from Mt. View Elementary, in Corvallis OR, accepted my writing challenge! Behold their sequels to GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX: I love them ALL, but the rhymed ones really tickled me. Here are a few excerpts–which pieced together make quite a fun story! Brother Locks has chicken pox from head to toe…. Read more »

Truth Detectives…five activities to teach Ss about media bias

Dear Teacher pals, No doubt you’ve found many teaching moments in the past week. Here are five activities I’ve used in my own classroom to teach BIAS and SLANT in the media and turn your students into TRUTH DETECTIVES.  What just happened? — The truth about “eye-witness” views.  Ahead of time, arrange with two upper grades students… Read more »

Three #amwriting #writingprocess reminders from the Olympics. (Obrigada, Brasil!)

  Confession: While I’m incredibly inspired by each Olympic athlete, my current personal best is an occasional sprint to the fridge between competitions. Thus, I hereby justify my Olympic-binge-watching by offering three #writingprocess take-aways. #amwriting reminders too. Dive in. When I teach the WRITING PROCESS, I neglect one of the hardest parts: The WAITING PROCESS. Like an athlete’s Olympic… Read more »

Poetry for ALL–3 easy activities for #NationalPoetryMonth

Another lesson plan? Fear not! As a teacher, I know the LAST THING YOU NEED IS MORE TO DO.  Thus, dear fabulous teachers, I present to you 3 activities you can use TOMORROW–with minimal prep– for #NationalPoetryMonth or those days you need just a little something extra to GET KIDS EXCITED ABOUT WORDS! FIRST LINE/LAST… Read more »