Monday, December 27, 2010

A New Year!

Make Me a Story unleashes the power of digital storytelling as a
tool for teaching writing and engaging elementary students.
Includes a CD with 27 student examples. Click here or go to to preview the entire book online!
Let's start to think about moving our students' writing ability into the area of digital story telling.

The core of the process is the same - cognitively:)


Friday, December 24, 2010

Moving into 2011!

As we move forward during this century, we will see a influx of nonfiction as we have never seen it before.  This includes writing and reading.

Here is a new publication that comes highly recommended.

Take a look.  I think  you will enjoy it:)

Writing to Explore

Discovering Adventure in the Research Paper, 3-8

David Somoza and Peter Lourie
Year: 2010

Media: 192 pp/paper
ISBN: 978-157110-787-9
Grade Range: 3-8

Item No.: WF0-0787
Price: $20.00
Flat-rate shipping $5.00

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Begin the New Year with the Writing Fix!

January will begin our fifth year of sending out monthly writing lessons.  If you haven't checked out our lesson archive (48 lessons now!) lately, you should.  Perhaps you'll find a new lesson to teach in 2011 that your students will love:

But what I'm most impressed by right now is how we've grown from just two writer's notebook lessons in August to twenty-one as we head off for Winter Break! 

Hopefully, it's not news that this school year we've labeled our "Year of Writer's Notebooks."  If you haven't initiated a writer's notebook expectation with your students yet, January is a perfect time to begin, what with the new year and all.  Spend some time between now and January looking over the lessons we've been posting; we bet you'll be inspired.

Sunday, December 12, 2010


This is the time of year when we are deep in content area study.  Following are some ideas for students to help them clarify the relationships between ideas.

Foldables  are another way to help students organize their thinking as well as engage them.

While many teachers think of this instructional strategy as geared for the elementary teacher, in truth, it can be used up through high school - see U.S. History.

Foldables work something like graphic organizers - they arrange the information to demonstrate (maximize) the relationship between concepts - something many students find challenging.

Foldables can be made in a variety of ways in order to show a variety of concepts. 

If you are interested in learning how to
the link I have provided will walk you through the process.  Enjoy!