Friday, February 26, 2016

Weekly Post for February 26, 2016

What do you plan to do with the extra day that is coming next week.  Leap Day seemed so exciting to me as a kid.  I hope you can fill the day with time for yourself.

Books of the Week
One of the hardest topics for students to get when writing is leaving the reader with a good ending. One of the best authors to use for endings is Mo Willems.  He has a variety of endings that help students understand and model.  There are so many great tools readers and learn from his writing from humor, to quoting, to word choice. But for today I will focus on endings.
1. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - Circular Ending.  In this book he returns to the events from the beginning to wrap up the book.
2. Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. Epilogue.  This book he goes into the future to tell the reader more about the characters.
3. The Duckling Gets a Cookie.  Surprise Edning.  We find that there was a reason the duckling was so quick to share his cookie.

Lesson of the Week
Volume is a concept that works best with building or cooking.  Students have trouble "seeing" that volume is the space inside.  I wrote a post on ways to find volume and provided a free assessment for you to download.  But if you need a hands on way to model volume for students pull out those unifix cubes or legos and let your students build and count.

Fabulous Freebie
Poetry month is quickly approaching.  I love using poetry for teaching word choice.  Several styles of poetry lend themselves to focusing on word choice.  This post on 5 Styles of Poetry to Engage Writers will guide you through the styles of poetry and provides templates for you to use with your students.

Recipe of the Week
The recipe for this week is a simple one.  It is perfect for those busy nights where you have minimal prep time but want a healthy dinner.
- Flank Steak (marinade or spicing of your choice)  You can cook on a grill or I use a grill pan too.
- Broccoli or Green Beans
- Fruit Side of blueberries and strawberries.


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