Tuesday

WW: Kelly and Michael at Disneyland


It's Wordless Wednesday!

Linking with Wordless WednesdayCreate with JoyWordless Wednesday with NC SueThe Talbert Zoo,  Crafty Spices, and my besties, Oh My Heartsie Girl!!

Live with Kelly and Michael at Disneyland!
 Dancers

 Gelman

 Confetti and smoke after the dancers

 Michael and Kelly



 Christine Aguilera

 Riker Lynch

 Christina leaving

 Riker Lynch dancing

Dancers dressed in Frozen outfits

 Kelly in Mickey ears


Taping was Sunday, May 17.  I waited from 7:30 until 10 in the stand-by area.  It was worth it!




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Sunday

IMWAYR: Fish in a Tree



Monday Linky from Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers!

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mulally Hunt



What a powerful book.  It's about Ally.  She's a whiz at math and an amazing artist.  She's been able to hide a secret for a long time though...she can't read. One day, though, she gets a new teacher, Mr. Daniels who is on to her.  He takes the time to help Ally gain skills to overcome her Dyslexia.

As a teacher, I paid particular attention to the interactions between Ally and her teachers.  This passage made me think:

Seven schools in seven years and they’re all the same. Whenever I do my best, they tell me I don’t try hard enough. Too messy. Careless spelling. Annoyed that the same word is spelled different ways on the same page. And the headaches. I always get headaches from looking at the brightness of dark letters on white pages for too long.

I wonder how many kids are going through this but, like Ally, are too embarrassed or afraid to say something?  There are many famous people who struggle with Dyslexia...Albert Einstein, Whoopi Goldberg, Dav Pilkey, Pablo Picasso and George Washington to name but a few.


I found a great resource: understood.org.  Lots of good resources and tips. Some things they suggest to encourage reluctant readers:
  • Let them read comic books or graphic novels
  • Use social media and blogging as a forum for reading and writing
  • Let them read joke books
  • Let them read cookbooks and try their hand at cooking or baking
  • Read newspaper and magazines to keep up with current events (online or paper)
  • eBooks or reading apps
Fish in a Tree was chosen for the Global Read Aloud 2015.  Sign up now to participate this fall.  It's a wonderful collaborative project for your students.  It'll get them excited about reading and writing


You can find Lynda Mulally Hunt's website here.  She will even do short Skype visits with your class!

If you need some help with close reading and comprehension questions, you can buy my close reading guide on Teachers Pay Teachers.  

Sunday

IMWAYR: Nana in the City



Monday Linky from Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers!

Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo


Have you read Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo?  It's a simple picture book with a sweet story.  A young boy goes to visit his nana in the big city.  He's scared.  He doesn't understand why his nana even lives here.  It's no place for a nana to live!

Then she makes him a fancy red cape.  The cape makes him feel brave!


Now he can see the city through new eyes. And see how wonderful it is...




The art is beautiful. So sweet...   Here are the awards it has been given:

  • A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
  • Huffington Post Best Picture Book about Family
  • An NYPL 100 Books for Reading and Sharing
  • A 100 Scope Notes Top 20 Book of 2014
  • A Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Selection

Need I say more?


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