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10 Must Have Nonfiction Book Series

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Oh Snap-Using #booksnaps as a Reading Response Tool

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I'm constantly hunting for new ways to engage my students in meaningful ways. Not a fan of using technology just for technology's sake, I carefully select the tools we use in the classroom.  So when  booksnaps took social media by storm about two years ago, I filed it away as an engagement idea. This year, I finally got around to incorporating it! Better late than never? Students who chose to use #booksnaps to respond to their independent reading books created them using Google Drawing. This was our first attempt, so I showed students mentor texts and when brainstormed characteristics in order to create an anchor chart.   If you're interested in trying this, but not sure how to start, make sure to check out  Tara Martin 's page, w ho founded booksnaps. She has a ton of ideas about how they can be used in grades k-12. 

An interview with Elana K. Arnold!

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Sometimes you meet a character and you just cannot say goodbye... Bat from A Boy Called Bat was one of those characters for me. Saying goodbye to him was just not okay. I needed more Bat! I wanted to know more! Thank goodness Bat and the Waiting Game comes out on March 27th! I'm here to say, the second book featuring Bat is just as good as the the first. You don't want to miss this one! Also... if you are as big a fan of Bat as I am, you will want to read on for some really good news about an upcoming book ... In anticipation of the new release, we asked Elana a few questions that she so graciously answered. Read on to find out more about this talented author that created one of my favorite fictional characters!  TWR:  When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?  Elana: I began writing when I was eight or so, but I didn’t write a complete novel until 2011. It’s a young adult novel called Sacred . The relationship between a g

It's Monday, What Are You Reading?

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Hi, everyone! Are you on Spring Break yet? My district has their break a little early this year, so I'm currently enjoying reading as many books as I can in addition to packing because we move at the end of the month. If you're on break, I hope you are enjoying it. If you're not on break, it will be here soon! Here's what we are reading this week! I've included my own comments below each photo, including the genre. Happy reading! Thunderhead, the second book in a new trilogy from Neal Shusterman is phenomenal! It is Young Adult, so definitely preview it if you are a middle grade teacher.  Aren't we all excited for The Wild Robot Escapes? I know several teachers in my building are excited to receive it over break and read it while they are off!    I recently learned about this YA novel while browsing Goodreads yesterday and then when I saw Haley reading it, I knew the universe was telling me something. Have you ever had those books that j

Fifth Grade Featured Favorites

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