Tag: lesson plans

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 »

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 »

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 »