Today I'm posting double duty and linking up with Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Tara at Fourth Grade Frolics for two fun links!
First, every Monday, Jen hosts a link about What are you Reading?
I found Jen's blog from my bloggy friend Shannon at I Run, Read and Teach and from Teacher's Write.
This past week I read A Long Walk to Water by Newberry medalist, Linda Sue Park.
This is a powerful 120 page dual narrative! The book tells two stories in one. The first is about Nya who lives in the Sudan and spends her entire day, seven months of the year, walking to a pond to fetch water for her family. She walks for 8 hours a day! The second narrative focuses on Salva who is forced from his home by fighting rebels in Sudan. He becomes part of the Lost Boys who eventually make their way to the United States. Without giving away the whole "cow," the end of this book is amazing, and I never saw it coming. I know my sixth graders would even enjoy this as a read a loud, and I am thinking of all the connections I can make to our social studies curriculum. Best of all for me, Salva relocated to Rochester, NY which is my state! I think my students will really look forward to this book, making a geographical connection!
I also made my daughter who is an eigth grader read the text. She loved the dual narrative, and this book gave her a really interesting perspective on what life may have been like for her two cousins who were adopted from Ethopia. I LOVE when books pull at your heartstrings and MAKE YOU THINK!
Secondly today, I am linking up with Tara for her Monday Made It.
This year we were fortunate with printing. Our district allows us to send PDFs to the district print shop for copying. They will copy in color, and cardstock with no charge to us. I am in love with this! Right at the end of my school year, I discovered they will also make posters.. and... wait for it.... THEY WILL LAMINATE THEM! Woot!
Although I didn't get one made in color.. an option I didn't know existed until I picked up my posters, I did have several posters made for my classroom.
These are poster's I'll use with Daily 3 in my room. I know that writing expectations at the beginning of the year is part of the process, but bear in my mind, I teach 6th grade, so these Smarties have already heard this and know basic expectations, and I only have an 80 minute block for my whole ELA time. I would rather spend that working on the STAMINA pieces. That was a huge focus for me last year, and I am hoping it paid off with our ELA scores.
Have you made something awesome? or READ something you just have to share? Stop by and visit the gals above and link up and let them know! Also, leave me a comment or two and let me know about another great book you are reading! I'm trying to get through at least one a week along with the two PD books I'm working on!