The finale for our I LOVE TO READ MONTH and celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday was a VOCABULARY PARADE inspired by the terrific book "Miss Alaineous" by Debra Frasier. Our entire elementary joined in on this exciting event! We recognized lots of WORD WIZARDS with certificates and trophies. Check out the photos of some very clever vocab parade ideas! You can download an awesome Vocabulary Parade "How to" packet from Ms. Frasier's website by clicking on this link:
The connection between reading and writing has become so much more powerful in my classroom since I started promoting the "Author's Coat". Motivating kids to see themselves as writers is so much fun! I purchased several doctor's lab coats and had them embroidered with a "Prescription to Read" logo. I explain to my students at the start of the year that the author's coat is worn by anyone who writes a book and would like to share it with the class! Over the past 8 years I have been able to collect autographs from many of my favorite authors... Patricia Polacco, Kevin Henkes, Jane O'Conner, Jerry Spinelli, and lots more! The kids are impressed by the coat and are eager to earn the privilege of wearing it. When kids bring in their stapled pages and rough draft stories, I applaud their effort and celebrate their success as an aspiring author. The kids then get to wear the "Author's Coat", sit in our special chair and read their story to the class. I also ask a classmate to videotape their peer which helps me track writing and reading progress over the year. Kids love using our iPad to record their peers and they also love knowing they are being recorded. This simple idea takes very little class time since kids are writing many of their "books" at home. Every student in my class publishes a hard cover book of their own (we love www.barebooks.com!) and by the end of the year EVERY student will have had a chance to wear the author's coat. If you don't have the opportunity to collect autographs from professional authors, another idea is to have student authors sign the coat when they share their very first book. By the end of the year, the Author's Coat will become a lovely keepsake! Interested in ordering your own Author's Coat? Just click on any of the Author's Coat photos to visit my TpT store!
The Children's Literature Network is near and dear to my heart for many reasons. The CLN website features amazing resources, books, and authors. I especially love the book trailers and author videos. Every February CLN hosts an exciting event called "Books for Breakfast". Guests at each table are delighted to dine with one of the featured authors who join them for the entire morning. Each author spends a few minutes addressing the whole crowd, tons of door prizes are given away and 5 literacy enthusiasts share their 5 favorite titles in 5 minutes. I was honored to be invited to participate in this year's Books for Breakfast event as one of the 5X5 Book Talkers! Bringing the best of children's literature into my classroom is one of the most important things I do to promote high levels of literacy learning with my students. CLN helps me accomplish this goal. Click on the first photo below to see all of the 5X5 book titles! Click on the CLN logo to check out CLN's website. You can also "like" CLN on facebook! Happy Reading!