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Happy Book Birthday Sharon Creech: THE GREAT UNEXPECTED

This summer I had THE GREAT UNEXPECTED delight of finding Sharon Creech‘s new middle grade novel (out TODAY! / Harper Collins) in my mailbox. So I did what any lifelong fan of the amazing Ms. Creech would do: tucked it in my bag with my flashlight and bug juice, and took it to Sugarloaf Fine… Read more »

Skyping with schools is WRAD! World Read Aloud Day

On Tuesday,  March 7th, World Read Aloud Day, I visited schools in South Carolina, Michigan, Wisconsin, two schools in Texas, and back to my home state of California–without leaving my office! First stop:  the 5th graders at Langford Elementary in South Carolina.  With each of the upper grade classes I visited, I read aloud from… Read more »

Celebrate Dr. Seuss and teach prepositional phrases!

According to Charles D. Cohen’s Seuss biography, THE SEUSS AND NOTHING BUT THE SEUSS (Random House/2004), Ted Geisel loved playing with words. Even at age 14, he wrote “O Latin,” a parody of Walt Whitman’s “O Captain, My Captain!” for the Recorder.  So why not celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday (or just have fun teaching prepositional… Read more »

I Love to Read (and explore) Brazil–part 5

O fim de semana, (which you now know, faithful blog-readers,–if you’ve read part 4–means On the weekend), we discovered one of the wonders of South America–Foz do Iguacu aka Iguazu Falls, located on the border of Argentina’s province of Misiones and the Brazilian state of Parana. (I’m missing proper accents here. Disculpe. I’m sorry.)  Think Niagra Falls in… Read more »

Hyper kids? Use their energy to teach VERBS!

Seriously! Turn that energy into a grammar lesson with my Verb Song! (below) But first, a quick Thank You to CRA for the opportunity to share some of my fluency games last weeknd. I had a great time meeting teachers, reading specialists, and administrators at your California Reading Association conference in Riverside! But OK–back to… Read more »