Tag: lesson plans

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 »

We, too, are America–a play for #BlackHistoryMonth.

Need something new for #BlackHistoryMonth? A history unit? #Diversity? Because #BlackLivesMatter? As a theater teacher, I write plays for my students to perform when I can’t find what I need. And because I know how busy you are, I thought I’d share this one. (Free PDF download below)  WE, TOO, ARE AMERICA–a tribute for Black… Read more »

Hurray for GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX! And finger puppets for your students : )

Hurray for GOLDIE! I came home from teaching at Fine Arts Camp in July and found this from my wonderful editor at Atheneum: GOLDIE LOCKS HAS CHICKEN POX has been reprinted again. Soooo…in celebration (and because teacher pals have been asking me to put this on Pinterest), I’m posting these CCSS finger puppet activities based… Read more »

If You Can Read This, Thank A Teacher–or Librarian

As we plow through January to the blizzard of BookLove events like I LOVE TO READ month, I’m reminded that READ ACROSS AMERICA, WORLD READ ALOUD DAY, even DR. SEUSS’ birthday would be nothing, NOTHING, ZERO, ZILCH, NADA without teachers and librarians. Let’s face it, dear author pals–if our friends and colleagues in the trenches,… Read more »

Hohoho– “It is resolved that DECK THE WALLS teaches kids bad manners.” *Using DEBATES to teach Close Reading!

I had the pleasure of presenting at the California Reading Association’s PDI again this past November, to a packed house of AMAZING EDUCATORS, including the innovative crew from Loomis Grammar School, recipients of the 2013 California Exemplary Reading Program. Everyone participated in one or more of my FLUENCY GAMES & SONGS for Common Core and… Read more »