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“Little Fish in a Big Pond” Written by an 8th Grader and an Inspiration to us All

We are thrilled that a parent of a former student and an 8th grader who is now a published author of many poems, has sent us one of the latest published works for us to display here on our blog.  Congratulation J’Laina on your recent success and we think you are an inspiration to students and adults alike!

May we ALL continue to seek knowledge in all things~

Little Fish in a Big Pond

Written by: J’Laina Brown

(c) 2012

As I prepare to leave what once was familiar and safe,

I now find myself in a big unfamiliar place.

The security I once knew,

has become something that I must bid a final adieu.

I feel so small in such a big school;

however, I know I’m equipped with the most important tool.

I was once a big fish,

now it seems as if I fit in a Petri dish.

To me it seems so surreal,

but I know that I have no choice but to deal.

I have to assimilate to my new pond,

By saying good-bye and breaking a familiar bond.

How quickly I’ll have to swim and learn,

the new place and the trust of new friends I hope to earn.

I’m both sad and curious, but

becoming a big fish is serious.

I’m a little fish in a big pond.

Making waves and exiting with leaps for the great beyond.

I hope that my little friends miss me like I will them,

we can always get together and sing our old school hymn.

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Wonderful 8th Grade Literature Scrapbooks through the Eyes of the Characters

Utilizing Character Journals/Scrapbooks in the Classroom
Sue Martin, a middle school language arts/literature teacher has allowed us to utilize these great pieces of student’s work.  Students were given a rubric to create a scrapbook/journal in the eyes of one of the characters in the book they were reading.  As the pictures demonstrate, this is a unique and fun assignment for student and teacher and can be modified for various age groups.

"The Lying Game""The Lying Game" scrapbook on the inside"Wait till Helen Comes""Wait til Helen Comes" scrapbook on the inside

"Wait til Helen Comes" Character Scrapbook"Harry Potter" Character Journal

 

"Wicked" Character Journal

 

"Wicked" Character Scrapbook on the inside

 
I find these pictures creative and I have no doubt that the students had a great time identifying with the characters in the books they read as they created these wonderful assignments.
 
If you would like to share your Best Practices, we would love to read them and share them with our readers.  Please email documents to denise@unlocktheteacherllc.com
 
May we seek knowledge in all things,
Denise
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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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.

"Apple Picking Time" by Michele B Slawson

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.

"Lost and Found" by Le Marche

This wonderful book includes three short stories that incorporate a dog. It is full of emotion and descriptive details.

"Painting in the Wind" by Patricia and Emily MacLachlan and Illustrated by Katy Schneider

This is a beautiful book in both words and pictures.  The paintings allow the reader to see the story come alive.

"The Trouble with Wishes" by Stanley

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.

"Up" by LaMarche

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.

Thank you to Mrs. Snyder and Mrs. McNish at St. Mary’s School in Royal Oak, Michigan for sharing these great books with us.

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!

Denise

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“Reading with Max”…A Great Reminder that we all Have Gifts and Talents to Share

We love to support local businesses and schools that promote the good in education.  Reading with Max  has been featured on our blog before, but we want to share with you a wonderful event being planned to promote reading this summer:

Read With Max Reading and Fundraising Event Set for August 10th, 2011

Max is an award winning children book author who is dedicated to helping children manage similar experiences in their lives. Maximus, a.k.a “Max,” is an
English Labrador who shares stories about his real life experiences from his point of view so children can relate too. You can purchase Max’s newest books,
music, ask him questions, enter his contests, ask him for his paw-o-graph, shop, or share your own adventures at his website www.readwithmax.com

Max has teamed up with sharing knowledge about LeaderDogs for the Blind.  We applaud his efforts to utilize his gifts and talents for the betterment of many.  This is a wonderful example for our children, our future.  Together we can make a difference if we ALL choose to utilize our unique gifts and talents for the good of us all.

May we continue to seek knowledge in all things,

Denise

 

http://readwithmax.blogspot.com/

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Book Two in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” Series…Written and Illustrated by a First Grade Class

"Katie's Exploring Adventure" book two in the "Katie's Farm Adventures" series

Here is a sneak peek of the cover for the next eBook in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series.  The wonderful thing about this eBook, is that we went into the school and worked with a first grade class to create it!  In one of our Writing Workshops, the students wrote and illustrated the book.  It is funny and creative and we cannot wait to share with everyone.  All proceeds from all the books that are and will be published in the “Katie’s Farm Adventures” series will be donated to the Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Literacy Fund.

Stay tuned as we hope to have this eBook published by the end of the week online with Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

If you know of a school or organization who would like to have us facilitate a Writing or ePublishing Workshop, please email us at teachme@unlocktheteacherllc.com  or leave us a comment at our www.unlocktheteacher.com website.

May we seek knowledge in all things,

Denise, Trisha and Sue

The Unlock the Teacher LLC Team

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Cool Educational Toys

In researching, I have been checking out some educational toys for all ages. In the following suite101 article, are a few sites that have some exceptional learning toys. Check them out and get back with us, we are interested in  your opinions. A favorite site or a favorite learning toy…new or old, we would like to share with everyone, so please leave a comment for us to post.

http://www.suite101.com/content/educational-toys-for-the-holidays-a323656

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NationalBook Tweets on Great Book Ideas

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NationalBook had some good tweets today that I thought I would share…enjoy!

For all of my teaching buddies and parents of teens: The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s list of recommended books for young readers includes Laurie Halse Anderson‘s latest novel: http://bit.ly/hjCrRd.

Check out Amazon’s Top 100 Books of 2010 list, which includes several books by National Book Award authors: http://amzn.to/eWqroq
 
Happy reading and in order to try to engage our young ones to read…modeling it is a great start!

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