Sunday, September 30, 2012

I Met Lucy Calkins!!!

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I am so excited to share that I met Lucy Calkins on Friday!  I attended her workshop, "Reading, Writing, and the Common Core" which was hosted by the publisher, Heinemann.  The workshop was fabulous!  She broke down every bit of the reading and writing sections of the Common Core.  She provided models of what the thinking should look like and how students should be responding.  We watched videos of students engaged in learning aligned with the Common Core.  I could not get enough!  We were able to purchase her newest book, "Pathways to the Common Core" which can be found by clicking the link below.  She has sold over 100,000 of these books (and I bet a bunch were sold yesterday).  The best part?  She signed my book, "Hold on to your dreams!  ~Lucy Calkins"  AAAHHHHHH!!!! I.was.so.excited!  I couldn't wait to show everyone I met (many of whom are not teachers and were like....ooookkkkaaaayy).  ;-)  If you have the chance to do so, attend one of her workshops.  You won't regret it!   Let me know if you've had a chance to attend the workshop or read the book.  I'd love to hear your thoughts! 

P.S.  This book is on sale right now!  Just click on the pic to get your copy!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Discussing 9-11 in the Classroom

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Are you looking for a way to discuss 9-11 with your students?  If so, Laura Candler of the Corkboard Connections Blog has a wonderful page of ideas for you!  Stop by http://corkboardconnections.blogspot.com/2012/09/honoring-911-delicate-balance.html and check out her wonderful post.  The book she recommends is FABULOUS and I know since I have used it year after year.  My students were amazed!  I am sure yours will be as well.  Please leave a comment for Mrs. Candler if you visit her blog and use the ideas.  I know she would appreciate it!  :)  Let's remember to keep all fellow Americans in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow.  God bless,
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Saturday, September 08, 2012

Learning About the Moon

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If anyone has to learn about the phases of the moon this year, pick up my latest resource here...
 
 
 
There are lots of fun activities for your students to do instead of those boring ones that come in the science guide!  It's just $6.80 right now as I am running a 15% OFF SALE on TpT.  The sale runs through Wednesday! Be sure to print your FREEBIE from the resource by clicking on the word search!
 
 
I would love to know how many people cover this in their curriculum so please leave a comment below letting me know!  I would also love to hear about other science topics you study as I will be creating more science resources this year! 
 
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