Teaching Resources

Did you know? One deer in 20,000 is born white.

January 14, 2017

Check out all these beautiful creatures.   Recessive traits make some wildlife blend in w/ snow more easily than relatives: https://t.co/uUhEVetqhG pic.twitter.com/ChyMxhBeQI

– National Wildlife (@NWF) January 13, 2017

Check out all these beautiful creatures.   Recessive traits make some wildlife blend in w/ snow more easily than relatives: https://t.co/uUhEVetqhG pic.twitter.com/ChyMxhBeQI

– National Wildlife (@NWF) January 13, 2017

One of Our Kind Boarding School Holiday Newsletter

December 13, 2016

Putting together the blog tour with Prism Book Tour has been so much fun!  I’m grateful for the kind reviews from the bloggers, and even more grateful that so many of them took the time to read my story at all. The Holiday Newsletter has been posted page by page over the last two weeks. If you’d like to read the whole thing, and find out what the TINAWS’ characters have been up to the last few weeks, then head over to Prism Book’s Grand Finale and you’ll be able to read all 6 pages in order.  There are some really nice reviews there, too. 

Putting together the blog tour with Prism Book Tour has been so much fun!  I’m grateful for the kind reviews from the bloggers, and even more grateful that so many of them took the time to read my story at all. The Holiday Newsletter has been posted page by page over the last two weeks. If you’d like to read the whole thing, and find out what the TINAWS’ characters have been up to the last few weeks, then head over to Prism Book’s Grand Finale and you’ll be able to read all 6 pages in order.  There are some really nice reviews there, too. 

One of Our Kind Boarding School Holiday Newsletter

December 13, 2016

Putting together the blog tour with Prism Book Tour has been so much fun!  I’m grateful for the kind reviews from the bloggers, and even more grateful that so many of them took the time to read my story at all. The Holiday Newsletter has been posted page by page over the last two weeks. If you’d like to read the whole thing, and find out what the TINAWS’ characters have been up to the last few weeks, then head over to Prism Book’s Grand Finale and you’ll be able to read all 6 pages in order.  There are some really nice reviews there, too. 

Putting together the blog tour with Prism Book Tour has been so much fun!  I’m grateful for the kind reviews from the bloggers, and even more grateful that so many of them took the time to read my story at all. The Holiday Newsletter has been posted page by page over the last two weeks. If you’d like to read the whole thing, and find out what the TINAWS’ characters have been up to the last few weeks, then head over to Prism Book’s Grand Finale and you’ll be able to read all 6 pages in order.  There are some really nice reviews there, too. 

Are you reading TINAWS in your classroom?

September 29, 2016

I would love to see a photo of your whiteboard! Send it to me through my Contact page along with a mailing address, and I’ll send your students stickers and a poster for your classroom.

new sticksfront flyer

 

I would love to see a photo of your whiteboard! Send it to me through my Contact page along with a mailing address, and I’ll send your students stickers and a poster for your classroom.

new sticksfront flyer

 

Giveaway for educators using This is Not a Werewolf Story

September 16, 2016

First 10 to respond!  Are you using TINAWS in your classroom, library, or reading it with your child at home? I have an 11×17 flyer I’d love to send to you. One side has a poster with a quote from the book so that everyone can enjoy Maike Plenzke’s cover, the other has two activities you can use to help them meet writing and math standards.  

back flyer

Each activity will fit on a regular 8.5×11 sheet of paper, or you can make a larger copy of both for them to spread out on their desk. Use the

First 10 to respond!  Are you using TINAWS in your classroom, library, or reading it with your child at home? I have an 11×17 flyer I’d love to send to you. One side has a poster with a quote from the book so that everyone can enjoy Maike Plenzke’s cover, the other has two activities you can use to help them meet writing and math standards.  

back flyer

Each activity will fit on a regular 8.5×11 sheet of paper, or you can make a larger copy of both for them to spread out on their desk. Use the

Giveaway for educators using This is Not a Werewolf Story

September 16, 2016

First 10 to respond!  Are you using TINAWS in your classroom, library, or reading it with your child at home? I have an 11×17 flyer I’d love to send to you. One side has a poster with a quote from the book so that everyone can enjoy Maike Plenzke’s cover, the other has two activities you can use to help them meet writing and math standards.  

back flyer

Each activity will fit on a regular 8.5×11 sheet of paper, or you can make a larger copy of both for them to spread out on their desk. Use the

First 10 to respond!  Are you using TINAWS in your classroom, library, or reading it with your child at home? I have an 11×17 flyer I’d love to send to you. One side has a poster with a quote from the book so that everyone can enjoy Maike Plenzke’s cover, the other has two activities you can use to help them meet writing and math standards.  

back flyer

Each activity will fit on a regular 8.5×11 sheet of paper, or you can make a larger copy of both for them to spread out on their desk. Use the

Save Lolita. A Lesson in Activism for TINAWS Readers

September 2, 2016

A letter writing campaign for readers and students.

Do you remember the story that Ms. Tern tells Raul about the Penn Cove Massacre? I’m sorry to say that that really did happen.  Did you know that one of those captured baby orcas is still alive in captivity today? Her name is Tokitae, although she is known all over the world as Lolita. There are many groups working to help improve Lolita’s living conditions and allow her to retire from performing at the Seaquarium in Miami.

There are numerous sites on the internet where you can learn about Lolita.  Here are a few places to start.

This wikipedia entry gives a brief account of her life 

A recent interview about her...

A letter writing campaign for readers and students.

Do you remember the story that Ms. Tern tells Raul about the Penn Cove Massacre? I’m sorry to say that that really did happen.  Did you know that one of those captured baby orcas is still alive in captivity today? Her name is Tokitae, although she is known all over the world as Lolita. There are many groups working to help improve Lolita’s living conditions and allow her to retire from performing at the Seaquarium in Miami.

There are numerous sites on the internet where you can learn about Lolita.  Here are a few places to start.

This wikipedia entry gives a brief account of her life 

A recent interview about her...

Reading Questions and Project Ideas for This is Not a Werewolf Story

August 22, 2016

Questions are windows. Here are a few (well, a lot) to open with your students.  

Comprehension Questions and Projects

I will update these prompts periodically—making corrections and adding ideas that come to me or that other educators share with me.  

Chapters 1-3 What 3 adjectives describe Raul? Write everyone’s opinion on white poster board. Defend or change your choices. Try to reach a consensus as a class. When you’ve finished the book, find new adjectives to describe Raul. How has he changed? What experiences changed him? Do the same for yourself! Write out a short paragraph describing yourself. Give it to your teacher. At the end of the year, write a new paragraph about yourself.  Compare it to...

Questions are windows. Here are a few (well, a lot) to open with your students.  

Comprehension Questions and Projects

I will update these prompts periodically—making corrections and adding ideas that come to me or that other educators share with me.  

Chapters 1-3 What 3 adjectives describe Raul? Write everyone’s opinion on white poster board. Defend or change your choices. Try to reach a consensus as a class. When you’ve finished the book, find new adjectives to describe Raul. How has he changed? What experiences changed him? Do the same for yourself! Write out a short paragraph describing yourself. Give it to your teacher. At the end of the year, write a new paragraph about yourself.  Compare it to...

Reading Questions and Project Ideas for This is Not a Werewolf Story

August 22, 2016

Questions are windows. Here are a few (well, a lot) to open with your students.  

Comprehension Questions and Projects

I will update these prompts periodically—making corrections and adding ideas that come to me or that other educators share with me.  

Chapters 1-3 What 3 adjectives describe Raul? Write everyone’s opinion on white poster board. Defend or change your choices. Try to reach a consensus as a class. When you’ve finished the book, find new adjectives to describe Raul. How has he changed? What experiences changed him? Do the same for yourself! Write out a short paragraph describing yourself. Give it to your teacher. At the end of the year, write a new paragraph about yourself.  Compare it to...

Questions are windows. Here are a few (well, a lot) to open with your students.  

Comprehension Questions and Projects

I will update these prompts periodically—making corrections and adding ideas that come to me or that other educators share with me.  

Chapters 1-3 What 3 adjectives describe Raul? Write everyone’s opinion on white poster board. Defend or change your choices. Try to reach a consensus as a class. When you’ve finished the book, find new adjectives to describe Raul. How has he changed? What experiences changed him? Do the same for yourself! Write out a short paragraph describing yourself. Give it to your teacher. At the end of the year, write a new paragraph about yourself.  Compare it to...