Friday, October 24, 2014

Poems of Silliness Turns Three

I've been writing poetry most of my life, but three years ago I started a blog called Poems of Silliness to share with others.  If you are a teacher looking for a poem, you can search by topic in the toolbar, or you can search by poetry form by clicking the tags on the right hand side.

To celebrate this personal milestone, I created Square Poems a freebie in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and also my Teacher's Notebook store.  A square poem is one which has the same number of syllables in each line as the number of lines.  This product has a sorting sheet, directions, and fourteen original examples.

This is a great weekend to stop by my Teacher's Notebook store.  Everything is 20% off and Teacher's Notebook is giving double reward points October 25-27.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spooktacular Savings at Teacher's Notebook

Teacher's Notebook is having a sale this weekend.  If you are looking for some ideas and materials to use with your students stop by for some great discounts and double reward dollars.  My store is on sale for 20% off.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chomp by Carl Hiaasen

Wahoo Cray lives with his animal handler father in the Florida Everglades.  A survivalist show hires Wahoo's dad to provide animals for Derek Badger, the show's arrogant star to handle for "Reality TV." Wahoo accompanies his dad on the shoot to keep things under control.  They are joined by Tuna who is trying to escape a violent father who decides he doesn't want to let her go.

Carl Hiassen's books are typically filled with over-the-top characters in wild situations.  He pokes fun at "Reality TV" and specifically survivalist shows.  It was an entertaining read.
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Monday, October 20, 2014

So Called Efficiency Experts

One of my jobs to pay for college was working in a pizza shop.  One afternoon I showed up for work and the store had been taken over by three "efficiency experts".  During my shift they reorganized the topping station and demonstrated how to make pizzas more quickly.  The problem was no one was ordering the pizzas they were making. What a waste!

This is what happens when outsiders come in and don't consult with the people actually doing the job.  They don't listen and they make policies based on their superior position that have unintended consequences.  Many of them still don't listen at this point and the people doing the job have to clean up the mess.

I bet the teachers reading this can think of a situation or two.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Quote of the Week -- October 19, 2014

If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension.  And if you didn't ask me, I'd still have to say it. ~ George Burns

Have a good week,

Friday, October 17, 2014

Point of View Graphic Organizer & Giveaway

I created this graphic organizer to be used with any book.  I want my students to consider how different characters in the story respond to the same event.  I have a space for them to list the evidence that supports their ideas.

This lesson aligns with CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.6
Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated, including the difference between first- and third-person narrations.
I will use it as an anchor chart with books I read aloud or part of a student's reading notebook for independent and partner work.
How might you use this organizer?
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Bomb by Steve Sheinkin

I mentioned in a previous post how much I enjoyed reading Steve Sheinkin's history books this summer.  He focuses on the personalities and the narrative of the events and makes it interesting.  Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon reads like a spy thriller. 

Sheinkin does not assume his readers know all about World War II, but he shares enough background information to make the development of the atomic bomb relevant.  He doesn't lecture his students, but presents the urgency that the scientists felt.
Every year I have students who are interested in World War II.  I know they will enjoy this book.
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