Tag: writing

What To Expect When You’re Expecting–a BOOK!

We’re expecting–BOOKS! Call me crazy, but the last few weeks before the September release of my picture book, DECK THE WALLS (Sleeping Bear Press) remind me of the long-anticipated wait for the birth of our daughter–without the “beached whale” feeling. (Thank goodness!) So, in honor of Labor Day–yes, I realize it’s not a celebration of… Read more »

Start Their New Year with Words

Use this acrostic pattern for a quick write or warm-up, a prompt or just a fun poem. Writing level may vary. I’d recommend grades 2 and up, but you may have some awesome K-1’s, or you could do it in a group. I’ve used it with ELL , middle school, high school and the results… Read more »

Holiday Poet Tree

This easy Poet Tree assignment works for any season. Build literacy with your students–or just have fun with words! Holiday Poet Tree For K-1 , ELL, or higher* Standards: Reading foundation/Phonological Awareness/Recognize and produce rhyming words. Supplies needed: class set of index cards or small pieces of construction paper / 1 per student; string (or… 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 »

I Love to Read–in Brazil, part4

Oi from the beautiful city of Curitiba.  The house where we’re staying (THANK you to my wonderful friends, the Combs.) backs up to Bosque Almao (“German Woods”) where the parrots are noisily discussing o fim de semana (weekend) plans. Our plans are to go to Foz do Iguasu, but I can’t leave Curitiba without sharing more of… Read more »