Today's the final day to vote for SCBWI Crystal Kite Award 2016...you have until 5 pm Pacific Standard Time. Val Jone's Who Wants Broccoli, Donna Galanti Joshua and the Lightning Road, Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora Wolfie the Bunny. Share the Eastern PA LOVE!
Dear Kim, Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! We had fun with Bomi Park's gorgeous FIRST SNOW last week. We used the book as a mentor text to explore personal narratives and poetry. We also explored watercolor resist techniques. (We also made a mess-- which is kind of my modus operandi during writing workshop. Sorry, Kelley! ) I used the sentence starter from the jacket copy: Look up. One flake falls, then another. And just like that—it's __ __ __ __ __ __ __ . The kids worked cooperatively at their table groups to discuss what word might fill in the blank. I love hearing them chat. "Well it is a snowflake because 'one flake'." Followed by: "No. It has seven letters, snowflake has nine." And: "It is an action. A-- what's that called-- a verb because it is something falling." Eventually we filled in the blank by using spelling clues to check our thinking, which might not sound like a whole lot of fun, but spell