Friday, November 17, 2017


Students are jumping on to the RAWYC project. They are sharing all types of reading.
Kyle Reads While Eating

Kinsie Reading in the Bathtub

Addison Reading a Chapter Book
Brody Reading a Picture Book
Quincy Reading to Her Mom
Alden Reading to His Cat
Colton Reading to His Dog
Lynsay Reading to Her Grandfather
Kyle Reading in the Dark with a Flashlight
Alex Reading Her Book
Lily Reading a Chapter Book
Cameron Reading to His Pets
Brody Reading to His Mom
Hayleigh Reading her Book
Brooklyn Reading to Her Dog
Abby Reading to Her Lap Dog
Me And My Pet
Aubrey Reads to Bob
Sammi Rereading a Favorite Book

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Being a Writer

reference for writers - How To Be a Better Writer

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What Should I Write?

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Need an idea for a blog topic? Here are a few.
  1.  You Should Read . . .
  2.  My Favorite Book
  3.  Best Character in a Book
  4.  Interview a Family Member/Role Model
  5.  “How to” Post
  6.  Memoir--Share a Memory
  7.  Write about an Event From Your Life
  8.  Hobby Post
  9.  Write a Story
  10.  What I Saw at ________ Today
  11.  Respond to Another Post
  12.  Write a Poem
  13.  How to Write A Blog Post
  14.  Opinion Post
  15.  FAQ post
  16.  News Story
  17.  Write A Letter
  18.  Inspirational Post
  19.  Inspirational People Post
  20.  My Biggest Fear
  21.  "My Future" Post
  22.  Write From Someone Else's Point of View
  23.  Compare/Contrast Post
  24.  How I Stay Inspired
  25.  How to Succeed 
  26.  Favorite TV/Movie Star
  27.  Make a List
  28.  A Day In the Life Of…
  29.  School Survival Post
  30.  How to Be a Friend Post
  31.  Getting Good Grades 
  32.  Bucket List
  33.  Holiday Post
  34.  Slideshow
  35.  Advice Post
  36.  Turn a Post into a Poem
  37.  Sports Story
  38.  Top 10
  39.  If You Had to Live with a Handicap
  40.  Places--Where Would You Like to Go?
  41.  Facts Post
  42.  What I Want to Be . . .
  43.  My Goals for The Future
  44.  Write About Your Favorite Artist (Musician)
  45.  Write a Response to a Topic in the News
  46.  Tell About a Lesson Learned
  47.  Write a Play

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017


At the Your World Within website, they say, Life is not predetermined; it’s crafted daily.  In the video they say, go all in on the things that bring value to your life while eliminating the things that don't

Your assignment, Reading Workshop students is to write what about values in your life.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Pictures While Reading

Zoom Reads to Kinsey
Students in Reading Workshop were challenged to post pictures from their life as they Read Any Way You Choose. Some of the pictures so far have been awesome with students reading to pets, reading to siblings, reading a TV scrollbar, reading while dribbling a basketball, and reading in the bathtub.

Here are a couple of pictures from my weekend with my grandson, Carter aka Zoom and my granddaughter, Kinsey.

Zoom and I Reading on Our IPads

Friday, November 10, 2017

What Does the Pledge Mean?

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I pledge allegiance 
to the flag 
of the United States of  America
and to the Republic 
for which it stands,
one nation 
under God, 
indivisible, with liberty 
and justice for all

For today's assignment, students had to look up meaning to words in the Pledge of Allegiance and rewrite it in their own words. Not only did they learn the meaning of some important words, but hopefully the next time they say the Pledge it will mean a  little more and they will know why it is so important to our country!

Vocabulary Words


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Shine On!

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Reading Any Way You Choose

Pick one of the ways of reading listed below and RAWYC! Have someone take a picture or take a selfie, post it on your blog and you get 20 minutes of Read at Home credit plus you can log the minutes you read. You can do 5 of these a week, make your blog great, and get an A on your Read at Home all at the same time.

You can blog from a browser on your phone or tablet using Chrome, Firefox, or Edge. You can also post using the Edublog app with Android or app using an IPhone or IPad.

More Reading

Read a picture book

Listen to a parent or guardian read

Read closed-captioning on the TV

Read a chapter book

Read to a parent or guardian

Read with a pointer or finger puppet

Read and solve math word problems

Read in bed, past your bedtime

Read a story or book you wrote

Read a recipe aloud, step-by-step, while you help someone cook

Read a book about something you know nothing about

Read with a book club you created or joined

Read while eating

Read a book you love AGAIN

Read with your friends or neighbors

Listen to audio books
Read a book that became a movie
Collect words in a jar, diary, or app

Read a biography about a person you admire or don’t know

Read to the family pet or stuffed animal

Take turns reading a page at a time

Read at the local library, bookstore, restaurant, or coffee shop

Read a book that will teach you a new skill, trade, or technology

Read with a grandparent

Read about a state or country

Read with a brother or sister

Read in the bathtub (no water)

Read a book from your favorite author

Read to babies and toddlers

Read and sing song lyrics with the artist or choir

Read to family or friends with Skype or Facetime

Read a comic book or joke book

Organize your  bookshelves

Follow a recipe from a cook book

Volunteer to read at a retirement home, nursing home, or hospital

Create a puppet show

Read a craft book

Read at the park or playground

Read about caring for animals

Compile and share the shopping list

Read while riding on the bus or when riding in a plane, train, or

Read about a place you’d like to visit

Read a blog and respond with a positive comment

Read about fitness and exercise

Make or update a memories scrapbook with captions and/or titles

Read at the beach or poolside

Read a book that takes place in the past or future

Read at the laundromat or do the laundry while a parent reads to you

Read about your favorite sport or team

Keep a shared journal with
someone Take turns writing back
and forth

Read out loud with animated voices that go along with each character

Read a magazine or newspaper

Play reading games like Scrabble, Boggle, crossword puzzles
Read a folktale, fairy tale, or myth

Donate books to charity or check out books from the local library

Read a play, musical, or poetry

Read with a flashlight

Read a spooky book or mystery

Create a video of you reading and share it on your blog

Rewrite the ending of a book you found boring or confusing

Read a book that received an award or honor

Design, record, and share
commercials about books

Read while you wait at a restaurant, dentist, doctor’s office, or airport

Read about holidays, traditions, or cultures from around the world

Do a book talk or book trailer that tells all about your favorite book

Read cereal boxes, catalogs, flyers,
billboard signs, or street signs

Read on an eBook or iBook

Friday, November 3, 2017

Reading Strategies

Links to articles:

Harry Potter


Please complete the questions and submit the form.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Your Editing Shows if You're A Good Writer

Image from @Grammarly

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Traveling Along on a Friday

It looks like Dora is on a rode trip.

And yes I can spell road.  :)

Image from @TheFunnyWorld

Thursday, October 26, 2017

To You and By You!


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Monday, October 23, 2017

Make Your Weather Great!

It's Monday morning after a five day break. How's your weather? Take control and make it a great start to a great week!

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Yes, Spelling Matters


Friday, October 13, 2017

Readers Need Strategies

Reading Workshop student, Lynsay VanHoose created this Google slideshow to point out what makes reading strategies so important.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Cheesy Joke for a Grate Day!


Monday, October 9, 2017

Reading Strategies

The strategies in the picture below all help with understanding what you read. Reading Workshop students, your assignment is to pick one strategy, research it, create a Google slide show, and present it to the class.

The slide show needs to explain about the strategy, tell how it helps with comprehension, and how to use it. Demonstrating the strategy should be part of the presentation.

Slide Show Organization

1.    Title Page
2.    Definition
3.    Casual meaning (your definition)
4.    The way the strategy helps reading . . .
5-8. Sample passages
9.    Sources
10.  Image sources

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

C'mon, Dream Big!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Comparing Yourself

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What are Your Character Traits?
For this project you will be writing a Dear Mr. McGuire letter. The topic of the letter is "How would the book be different if I was the main character?" The letter should have an opening paragraph that states basic information like the title and the main character's name. It also should connect with the reader.

For the second paragraph, start with the main character and build from there. Tell about the main character in the book you are reading. Describe him/her. What makes him like he is? How does he act? Think? Respond? Feel?

The next paragraph should be a compare/contrast between you and the main character. You might tell how you are alike or how you are different. You need at least one example to make your point clear.

One of the main keys to doing well on this project comes next. This paragraph needs to describe in detail how the book would be different if you were the main character. Specific details of differences will strengthen your letter.

Please use details to support your writing. For example, if you state that the main character is brave, you should have a detailed scene from the book that proves your claim.

Whatever you do, DO NOT RETELL THE STORY! This assignment is to write a letter to me about how the main character compares to you and how the book would be different if you were the main character. If you summarize or retell the book, you are not following the directions! The best essays will be written by a writer than gets inside the book and the character.