Thursday, February 21, 2013

Spy Photos: Creating and Responding (Schlosser, 3rd)

These gems come from a top-secret teacher: Agent Schlosser. Her 3rd Graders collect and present their learning in highly-classified foldable documents. Agent Leary has employed this learning technique as well. (Agent Leary: Send some pictures in!)

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Spy Photos: Anchor Charts (Levan, 1st Grade)

The last one is my favorite. Everyone should have an anchor chart for friendship.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Wow! Mentor Text Project Takes Off!

We now have 131 entries in at the Mentor Text Project, including some from California and one from the United Kingdom!

The Mentor Text Project is, quite simply, a way for all of us teachers to collaborate and create the biggest searchable database of mentor texts. 
 - Do you need a chapter book to teach inference skills? 
 - Or how about an informational picture book with great leads and endings? 
Select your options in the database and find a text a teacher in our district has used for the same purpose. (Or, maybe a teacher in the U.K. used it.)

Check out these super-cool recent entries:

  • Toad or Frog, Swamp or Bog?: A Big Book of Nature's Confusables – Informational/Explanatory Text; Picture Book; Search and Use Information/Synthesize/Summarize/Compare & Contrast
  • I Wanna Iguana – Opinion/Argument Text; Picture Book; mentor text for writing

 Be greedy for mentor texts, but don’t be selfish! Contribute your mentor text titles, too. It only takes a minute.