Category: Teachers: Fun Ideas for Your Classroom

Meet #kidlit Author Sarah Scheerger and her MG debut OPERATION FROG EFFECT!

Happy Summer, dear #librarian and #teacher pals–and now that you have a moment to breathe –or READ–meet Sarah Scheerger author of two YA novels, an early chapter book, three picture books, and her NEW middle grade novel OPERATION FROG EFFECT. Friends, you will LOVE sharing this book with your students. And they will love you… Read more »

True or false: TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE is full of Writing Prompts

A book review AND teaching idea for busy teachers… As a former very-busy teacher, like YOU, I know every minute counts in your school day. So here’s how to mine this cool #kidlit book for awesome WRITING PROMPTS or quick writes, for any grades 1-12 (I’m serious here.): TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE –It’s Alive!  … Read more »

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 »