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Global Read Aloud: A #GRAAmy ThingLink

Global Read Aloud: A #GRAAmy ThingLink

The Global Read Aloud starts this week! My students and I are really excited to participate in the #GRAAmy book study. I wanted to share a ThingLink that we’ll be using. It has book trailers, links to Amy’s website, videos and more. I’m planning to share some of the video clips with students, and share it with families to get everyone excited and familiar with the books. I’d love for you to use this resource too!

We’re already enjoying Tweeting with new friends and Amy Krouse Rosenthal herself! It’s so amazing to see the looks on my student’s faces when they saw that Amy had favorited our Tweet about Spoon today. We are looking forward to the slow chat too. Learn more about that from Pernille Ripp at the Global Read Aloud website.

We read Spoon today, and will read Chopsticks tomorrow. Here’s a quick Pic Collage we made and Tweeted out today. I think we’ll be combining Pic Collage, ThingLink and Twitter to record many of our thoughts for the Global Read Aloud. I see plenty of drawings in Paper and shared on our Kidblogs too!

Our Thoughts On Spoon #GRAAmy #GRA15

I’m thrilled for my students to be a part of the Global Read Aloud this year! A huge thank you to Pernille Ripp for organizing this wonderful opportunity for students to connect around books!

MZ Sig

#pb10for10 – Never Give Up

#pb10for10 – Never Give Up

I’m so excited for this year’s #pb10for10, sponsored again by Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek. I chose a “Never Give Up” / growth mindset theme for my picture books. I think it’s a perfect theme for starting a new school year. Last year my class had a “Never Give Up” book basket that we would add to… Continue Reading


Informational Text Features With Explain Everything

Informational Text Features With Explain Everything

Breaking down and understanding informational text features is crucial to a reader’s and writer’s understanding. So, this past year as we dug deeper and deeper into informational texts, we used Explain Everything to help us remember what each feature was, why it might be included in a book, and how it could help us as readers… Continue Reading


Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

I love informational texts, and so do my students. But, we also love informational videos. We can gather information on just about any subject from both types of resources. Think about the way you learn – besides a person standing in front of you. I’m guessing you mainly use two forms of media, text (of all… Continue Reading


Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Since my last two posts have been Mo Willems themed, I thought I’d share this Elephant and Piggie project from earlier this spring. In addition to loving The Pigeon, we also LOVE Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books. So naturally, while working on inferring character traits, we used these two hilarious characters. As we read multiple… Continue Reading


The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

The Pigeon Stories: Part 1 Making The Books

If you teach in the primary grades, you either know all about The Pigeon, or you must learn about Mo Willems, and all his hilarious characters, immediately! With that said … We use Lucy Calkins writing curriculum as our primary resource for writing in the early grades. Her unit on “Authors As Mentors” has always been one… Continue Reading