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4th and 5th Grade Teachers Share Great Trade Books to Utilize when Teaching Personal Narrrative Writing
Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. McNish are two teachers that are sharing this wonderful list of trade books to be utilized at home or in the classroom when teaching personal narrative writing.
This is a wonderful story about a little girl named Anna, who is determined this year to fill her apple apron. It is sure to delight all ages.
This wonderful book includes three short stories that incorporate a dog. It is full of emotion and descriptive details.
This is a beautiful book in both words and pictures. The paintings allow the reader to see the story come alive.
This is a weird but funny story sure to make your class laugh! However, it is a story that comes with a real message that we should be careful with what we wish for, that sometimes what we need most is right in front of us.
I loved reading this story to a group of 4th graders and to my daughter who is in 2nd grade. This is a beautiful story about a boy named Daniele, called Mouse. Imagination and determination is delicately woven throughout this tale and is a pleasure to read.
In all of these books, students while listening, can identify emotions, small details, dialogue and descriptions as the words are creatively placed together to tell wonderful stories that have something to teach or remind us all.
We encourage any and all to please share ideas, suggestions, lessons and recommendations with us here at our Unlock the Teacher blog. It is in the collaborative process, that we will succeed in preparing a better tomorrow for our children of today.
Have a super week!
As one who gets extremely excited about curriculum, I thought I would share some words of wisdom on education that I found from the Common Core State Standards Website. I understand after many years in the education system, how easy it can be for educators to get discouraged when a “new” trend or a “new” must follow philosophy comes along…that all must follow under the auspices of what is best for our children. However, after working with a few educational teams this past school year on curriculum alignment and aligning curriculum to the new CCSS ELA and Math model, I am even more impressed with the initiative and the direction it is pushing towards on behalf of our children.
A funny thing is, I believe the CCSS model is even more complimentary and gracious to us educators than many state standards. As an ELA teacher, I find the comprehensive breakdown of grammar per grade refreshing…not to mention the recommendations of literary works to enhance lessons. However, the icing on the cake for me was the recommendation of utilizing Shakespeare in the classroom…I used Shakespeare’s plays for years in the classrooms I taught and the students just enjoyed it! In fact, one year I had a group of seventh grade girls who found joy in practicing writing and speaking in Old English.
The true mastery is in the teacher and the reflective practices he/she uses to capture the unending teachable moments throughout the school year.
Great quotes taken from the Common Core State Standards Initiative
Benchmarking for Success documents:
“We are living in a world without borders. To meet the realities of the 21st century global economy and maintain America’s competitive edge into the future, we need students who are prepared to compete not only with their American peers, but with students from all across the globe for the jobs of tomorrow.”
“Nations around the world are facing a new education imperative, and many are seizing the historical moment to provide their citizens with better opportunities and stronger economies.”
“Governors recognize that new economic realities mean it no longer matters how one U.S. state compares to another on a national test; what matters is how a state’s students compare to those in countries around the globe. America must seize this moment to ensure that we have workers whose knowledge, skills, and talents are competitive with the best in the world.”
For additional information on Common Core State Standards that all but a few states have adopted visit http://www.corestandards.org/
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,
First Graders’ Second eBook “Katie’s Horse Adventure” is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com~All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Elementary School
First Graders’ Second eBook Katie’s Horse Adventure is Now Available at Barnes and Noble.com Thank you to everyone who has supported the Katie’s Farm Adventures series. All Proceeds Go Towards Promoting Literacy at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School.
We have been busy working on additional eBooks to donating to elementary schools for the 2011/2012 school year…stay tuned!
If your school would like to have Unlock the Teacher LLC come in and facilitate one of our writing workshop for a class or series of grades, we would be happy to come and share this wonderful writing process that gets children so excited about writing and reading their own work.
Recommendations are available upon request.
I wish everyone a fabulous summer filled with many learning moments~
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A Participant from One of Our ePublishing Workshops is Publishing Her First eBook at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com
Melanie Osborn participated in one of our “ePublishing Workshops” this past month, and we are so thrilled for her that she has collated some of her inspiring poetry and is publishing it at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com
We find her work to be moving and inspiring. Unlock the Teacher LLC team has no doubt that she will take her writing to amazing levels and we feel honored that she wanted to share her success with us.
Please help us welcome her to the world of writing…
We love to promote the good and her message is nothing but good.
We wish her many blessings and may we follow her example and continue to try to maximize our potential,
Denise, Trisha and Sue
The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team
Given that I am a staunch believer in knowledge is meant to be shared and not hoarded, I thought our readers might like to read and learn from the following blogs. Throughout these blogs, one can learn new and free technologies to utilize in the classroom, educational tips and ways to meet educators around the world…collaboration at its best!
Enjoy and please share your favorite educational blog 😉
Great educational blogs I have stumbled upon via Twitter this past week:
Top Ten Free Educational Technology Applications I Learned (More) About at #ISTE11
Paper.li ~An online newspaper full of educational information and various educational blogs
EducationRethink~ Vintage ISTE Tweets
Education Week ~ A variety of articles on education
May we seek knowledge in all things,
The Unlock the Teacher wishes everyone a happy and joy-filled weekend!
This is a wonderful time to regroup and refocus on all that is important to you and your families, your company, your school and all that is around you. Spring is a time of renewal…may each of us find time for peace and quite. Time to renew that which is exceptional and unique to us so we can truly maximize our potential…for the betterment of our children, our future!
May we continue to seek knowledge in all things!
My mother named this series of paintings, Katie’s Farm. Her birth name was Catherine and when she visited her grandparent’s farm, they would call her Katie. However, given that there is a fabulous story already in print titled Katie’s Farm, I will be modifying title. I found this to be fitting, given all the amazing adventures Katie enjoys on the farm with her cousins, friends and her favorite horse Sarah.