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Writing Camp with Hoppy and Ranger: Session 3

https://youtu.be/JMqR_H1aEnk Here is the cover and a page from 100 Bugs! A Counting Book by Kate Narita. This is my writing after studying what Kate wrote in 100 Bugs! These are the steps you can use when you write. You can add your writing to our Padlet Board. Families – the Padlet Board is safe… Continue reading Writing Camp with Hoppy and Ranger: Session 3

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The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, Illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez

Today I asked my youngest daughter, Alice, to join me as we read The Three Billy Goats Buenos, written by Susan Middleton Elya and illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez. Alice has been in her pajamas all day because school is closed for the next two weeks due to the Coronavirus. It was a nice break in… Continue reading The Three Billy Goats Buenos by Susan Middleton Elya, Illustrated by Miguel Ordóñez

Writing Camp

Writing Camp with Hoppy and Ranger: Session 1

Ranger and Hoppy Hi Writers, Since we are all home from school, I thought it would be fun to be in writing camp together. HERE WE GO.... https://youtu.be/OnjUarviC1s Please share your writing and drawing with everyone in the camp. Just add your pieces to this Padlet Board, I will comment back to you. https://padlet.com/tbmulligan/xtj7jk1467zg HAPPY… Continue reading Writing Camp with Hoppy and Ranger: Session 1

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A Read Aloud of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

Hi Readers, Isatou Ceesay is one of my heroes. She cleans up the environment in her community, she creates her own business, and she makes beautiful things. Here is a read aloud about her written by Miranda Paul. I hope you don't mind that Ranger and Hoppy are listening too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WLQ_zBBMXSs&feature=youtu.be Do you want to… Continue reading A Read Aloud of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia

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Penguin Flies Home by Lita Judge

Even fifth graders can’t help but love a penguin story, especially when the penguin has “the soul of an eagle!”  This is Lita Judge’s sequel to Flight School, which is another one of my favorite picture books.  She creates amusing stories that teach wonderful life lessons.  The theme of this book is friendship. It could… Continue reading Penguin Flies Home by Lita Judge

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Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy

"My color is black... and there's no black in rainbows." The first time I read these words, it felt sad. But on the very next page, the narrator begins to list all the places the color black is found, like a crayon, "the dirt where sunflowers grow," and "the braids in my best friend's hair."… Continue reading Black is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy

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I Will Be Fierce! By Bea Birdsong Illustrated by Nidhi Chanani

This month, the team decided to focus on "girl power." In our classroom, we have girls with strong characters who are not afraid of anything. They run in wearing superhero costumes, and they love Legos as much as the boys do. Our job is to encourage them to keep their wonderful personalities. I Will Be… Continue reading I Will Be Fierce! By Bea Birdsong Illustrated by Nidhi Chanani

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Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson An advance copy of this book made it into my hands from our local independent bookstore last spring.  I immediately loved it!  Always on the lookout for a book that fits the complexity we hope for our upper elementary readers without being too mature for them, Some… Continue reading Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson

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The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Styx came to us like magic—the really, really powerful kind. There was no grand puff of smoke or anything, but he appeared as if from nowhere, right in our very own woods. The Season of Styx Malone begins with brothers Caleb and Bobby Gene inadvertently trading their baby sister for a bag of fireworks which… Continue reading The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

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The Light in The Lake by Sarah R Baughman

Addie finds herself caught between science and magic, family and nature, and grief and hope. - The Light in The Lake Teacher Thoughts: The Light in the Lake was the perfect book to bridge our social issue and fantasy units of study in reader's workshop.  Even my most reluctant readers could not put down this… Continue reading The Light in The Lake by Sarah R Baughman

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Camp Tiger

written by Susan Choi & illustrated by John Rocco At the beginning of the school year, the fifth-grade team asked me for a book recommendation. They wanted a book that they didn't know so they could authentically model the interpretation process with their students through a think aloud. They wanted a book that would make… Continue reading Camp Tiger

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Girls with Guts! The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records By Debbie Gonzales

This post is written by 5th grade student, Saphira. I am a 5th grade girl who wants to break barriers. Right now I have relaunched our school's book swap. This is a place where kids can come and bring a book from home and swap out for a new book. I love books and reading.… Continue reading Girls with Guts! The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records By Debbie Gonzales