Sunday, February 19, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

UFO Scene Writing Prompt

Our adopted writing curriculum spends a lot of time on writing several drafts of large projects.  Students work on these over several weeks.   I find it helpful to supplement with several short projects that are different genres and only take a day or two.

Science fiction is popular, but not emphasized in the upper elementary curriculum.  Here is a suggested prompt for students to work on a scene that capitalizes on the current interest in science fiction.
A ship from outer space lands in your back yard.  The creature inside asks you to go with him because you have a skill that can save his planet.  On another piece of paper, write what happens in several paragraphs.  Make sure your scene includes action, dialogue, inner thought and description.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Quote of the Week--February 12, 2017

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."


Have a good week,

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Masterminds by Gordon Korman

Serenity, New Mexico is the perfect little town.  Every adult has employment, a nice house, and bright children who go to the perfect school.  Honesty and integrity are core values, and there is no crime.  Then one day Eli and his friend bike to the edge of town and they discover everything about their lives is a lie.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Recently Updated and Still Free: Acts of Kindness

I am working on a character education series called 30 Days of Character.  Thirty Days of Kindness is an update of 100 Random Acts of Kindness.  In addition to compliment cards for students to notice acts of kindness, I have included thirty quotes about kindness, a paraphrasing activity, and some suggestions for using the quotes.

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Also check out the first in this series, 30 Days of Gratitude.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Quote of the Week--February 5, 2017

"Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see."

Mark Twain

Have a good week,

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