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Books for Parents and Educators

     Writers react. And writers need a place to record those reactions. - Ralph Fletcher

I still have not found another book that is better to introduce the concept of a Writer’s Notebook to kids than A Writer's Notebook by Ralph Fletcher . I love this book because it motivates students to write, write, write. This is a great resource for introducing upper elementary writers to what I feel is an invaluable writing tool, A Writer’s Notebook. After I read the first chapter the students are racing to create and begin their new lives as writers. They learn how to live a “Writerly Life”. As a matter of fact, they take off as writers and the improvement of their writing is remarkable. I read out loud, a chapter per day, and then I allow the writers’ time to write, try his suggestions from the chapter or previous chapters read, and apply his writing techniques. The kids begin carrying their notebooks everywhere, and writing.

Children's Books:

     Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing is by far one of the most hilarious children's books I have ever read! As a child I read this book and I was so entertained by it that when I became an upper elementary classroom teacher I felt compelled to make sure that I read aloud from it each year and introduced it to a new generation of children. Without fail, I would have children clamoring to get their hands on the book and read it themselves. Many of my most reluctant and unmotivated readers would give it a try and it would be their entry point to the exciting world of great Realistic Fiction. This book appeals to such a wide range of student readers. I highly recommend it for fourth graders and children with younger siblings.


     We love Hedbanz because it incorporates literacy in a fun and authentic way. The children in our family really love this game, and we adults have big fun too, as we try to figure out what person, place or thing is on our heads. This is a great spin on the traditional guessing game. Literacy is incorporated by asking a series of questions that will get each player closer to being able to guess the name on the card on their head, which everyone can see except them. There are 6 head bands available, however additional players can be added by modifying the game. The game is for ages 8 and above. However, some mature 6 yr. olds have shown themselves to be very skillful at this game. Prepare yourself for hours of laughter and great family fun.

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