#GRA15 Challenge – The Chicken, a Wolf, Some Grain and a Problem

Before we sat down to hear about Mr. Daniels next challenge, we gave it a go! Here is the original copied from Chapter 37, @Lynda Mullaly Hunt‘s book Fish in a Tree. This was not an easy task. Just like the characters, students were frustrated and confused.     Some persevered, and with a little guidance figured… Continue reading #GRA15 Challenge – The Chicken, a Wolf, Some Grain and a Problem

Hanging Out Discussing #GRA15FIAT

The volume in the room doubled with excitement when an unfamiliar ring interrupted our discussion. Hands lifted, feet danced, and bodies shook and I heard, “It’s them!” I had just finished telling them that we would meet of #GRA15FIAT today through the computer. They sat somewhat bewildered, but these technology natives know FaceTime and Skype. Even… Continue reading Hanging Out Discussing #GRA15FIAT

Reviewing the Reviewers

Kirkus Booklist School Library Journal Caldecott mention friendship theme secondary storytelling theme short summary illustration details cooperative friendship human characteristic ages 3-7 Preschool-1 summary friendship theme expressive characters circular story Caldecott mention summary friendship theme characters illustration details specific language circular story K-2 Bear Has a Story to Tell (Roaring Brooks Press, 2012) written by… Continue reading Reviewing the Reviewers

A Short Review of a Very Big Book – Bear Has a Story to Tell

Wandering past a single book, I notice the gentle turn of the bear’s head. His eyes examining a mallard who seems to return the inquisitive look. Captured with curiosity, I decide to examine, Bear Has a Story to Tell (Roaring Brooks Press, 2012) written by author and illustrator power-couple, Philip and  Erin E. Stead. Bear… Continue reading A Short Review of a Very Big Book – Bear Has a Story to Tell

Global Read Aloud and Commenting

Today we began practicing for next week’s new adventure, The Global Read Aloud! This summer I met the creator of The Global Read Aloud, and she, Pernille Ripp motivated me to be a better literacy teacher everyday! She inspired me to join the tribe of students and teachers! Therefore, we will be participating in a blog with… Continue reading Global Read Aloud and Commenting

Visiting Around Town

I love visiting the peaceful setting of the suburban Crystal Lake Public Library. The two-story building welcomes patrons with an information desk immediately followed by several computers. Further from the entrance, but centered on the first floor, the reference triangle serves as the hub of the library. All first-floor patrons pass around the triangle as… Continue reading Visiting Around Town