Thursday, January 29, 2015

Poetry Friday - wishes

Thanks to Paul Hankins at These Four Corners for hosting Poetry Friday this week!

              Since I've begun teaching a class again I feel as if I need to 'sneak' in poetry. The reading and writing both has lessened in time and in commitment. I know I need to be patient and wait. There are posts each week that keep me somewhat satisfied, and I am grateful. I do not always share what I write, but I do read the posts with prompts and ideas for writing from Laura Purdie Salas, Tricia-Stohr Hunt, Michelle Heinrich Barnes, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and David H. Harrison's Word of the Month. And from them I write! Of course I also read all of your posts too, filled with beautiful poems you've written and shared. Thanks to everyone for keeping me writing and reading.           

Visiting Today's Little Ditty

     Today, I'm running over to visit Michelle H Barnes at her blog, Today's Little Ditty. Thank you, Michelle for the invitation. This time I'm happy to share my answer to the deeper wisdom challenge given by Joyce Sidman, Michelle's guest for the month. You can find the challenge here. Come visit! 

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Non-Fiction Picture Books - Great Reading

Come Visit the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge hosted by Alyson Beecher at Kidlit Frenzy. It's great to find terrific nonfiction books available! Thanks for hosting, Alyson!

Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank
written by Paula Yoo and illustrated by Jamel Akib
            A biography of the “Banker To The Poor” for younger students is welcome, to help explain the serious problems of those who are both poor families in the world, and who are preyed upon by moneylenders. This story shares the path of Muhammad Yunus from childhood to the position of economics professor back in his homeland, Bangladesh. When he began to be more and more interested in the extreme poverty of a nearby town, and the mothers whose families were starving, but still making crafts to try to earn a little money, he began the dream of small loans, which became a worldwide enterprise, the Grameen Banks. It’s an inspiring story, and the pages illustrated by Jamel Akib add to the interest of the story.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Examining Reading Habits - Great Conversations

Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Dana, Beth, Anna and Betsy and all this blogging community for the Tuesday Slice of Life!  

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 My Reading Habits – Wondering What Students Do, Too

Sometime early in the year, I’ve always liked to have students write about their reading habits, what they’re currently reading, what kinds of things they read besides books, what they love and what they don’t.  I write too, to let students know how diverse reading habits can be.  Those who are avid readers will see that I’m usually reading several books at a time, as they do, and those who are less enthusiastic will see that reading behavior doesn’t just mean books. 
This time because I have a new class, I want to find out more about the habits of these new students. I already know some by the books they're choosing and the research they've finished, but I need more so I can give them a big nudge for the rest of the year.

Here’s a sample of my reading during a regular day:

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Monday Reading

           Link up with Jen at TeachMentorTexts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers. and Sheila at Book Journeys.  Come visit, and tweet at #IMWAYR.

         Number one read from my MustRead2015 list!
The True Blue Scouts of Sugarman Swamp - written by Kathi Appelt

         I love the voice Kathi Appelt gives to her characters, animal and human. Her story-telling style is wonderful, makes me want to sit with the story teller and listen! This story is about a young boy, Chapman who lives with his mother in Sugar Man Swamp, running a "sort-of" breakfast/lunch place, trying to make ends meet. Chap misses his grandfather Audie very much, a lover of all the critters in the swamp, but especially the Sugarman. There are those true blue scouts, two thoughtful and adventurous raccoons; Gertrude, a large diamondback rattler; and wonderful villains, human and animal. Another thing I loved is the marvelous images Kathi writes page after page, like "Hope swam like a fish right up into his chest." and the very next page: "The little fish of hope that Chap had just experienced swam right down the toilet." I know middle readers will love the adventure, be able to predict some things and be surprised by others.