Category: Teachers: Fun Ideas for Your Classroom

Interview with a Hamster: Humphrey & Betty Birney

A certain HAMSTER took over my blog while I was interviewing my writer pal, BETTY BIRNEY. Don’t believe me? Read on… It started out innocently enough with a few questions for Betty: (Check out the full bio of this Emmy/Children’s Choice/Humanitas award winner on her web site.) Q 1. Where did Humphrey get his name?  Betty… 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 »

Why I LOVE Skype & YOU Might Too.

I’ve just returned from visiting 22 schools all over the world in twelve days. 1,000+ kids–all levels and cultures–and boy did we have fun! It was not the most direct route, mind you.  California (Los Altos Hills) –> Illinois –> New Hampshire –> Texas (Fort Worth) –> Malaysia –> Pakistan –> U.A.E /Dubai (Kinders and… Read more »

Writing Non-Fiction: 5 reasons why author Connie Goldsmith is da bomb…literally.

Meet CONNIE GOLDSMITH: AWARD WINNING AUTHOR of fourteen books (15th, 16th, and 17th in progress!) former Assistant RA of SCBWI CA North/Central Children’s Book reviewer –of over 700 books for regional parenting publications as well as the New York Journal of Books– —> Anyone thinking of writing non-fiction for kids can learn a lot from… Read more »

Writing Non-Fiction, PLASTIC AHOY! & “What I did last summer”…

How did author Patricia Newman’s new book, PLASTIC, AHOY! change my summer plans?  No, this isn’t a throwback to that annual prompt my teachers greeted us with: How I Spent My Summer Vacation This post celebrates an important non-fiction title that can alter a seemingly harmless mindset in your class or your family, and teach… Read more »