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Posts Made By: Chris G
Board: Books, Guided Reading & Literature 06-04-2009, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By Chris G
Shakespeare in Middle School

I teach at a private school, and the headmaster has mandated that I teach particular plays.....this was my first year. I used either the NO FEAR SHAKESPEARE (by Sparknotes) or SHAKESPARE MADE EASY...
Board: Middle School/Jr High (6-8) 03-29-2008, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By Chris G
8th grade book gift ideas needed

I have four young ladies and one young man that are graduating from the 8th grade and continuing on to five different high schools. I've become very attached to these kids, I'm their literature...
Board: Books, Guided Reading & Literature 03-29-2008, 10:32 AM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By Chris G
8th Grade Book Gifts

I have four young ladies and one young man that are graduating from the 8th grade and continuing on to five different high schools. I've become very attached to these kids, I'm their literature...
Board: Violet Room 08-14-2007, 05:45 PM
Replies: 75
 
Posted By Chris G
my very favorites....

Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
Sleeping Ugly by Jane Yolen
Board: Books, Guided Reading & Literature 05-28-2007, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By Chris G
We had a blast

with The Westing Game in my fifth grade class...about half of them "got it", but the other half had to be spoon fed. Each student became an heir, and were paired up the same as the book. This was...
Board: ARCHIVE 03-31-2007, 05:11 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Chris G
Easier reading ideas needed

Over the break that began today (yippee!), my fifth graders paired up to read a book of interest and will get together and discuss it and create some sort of project when we return after break.

I...
Board: ARCHIVE 03-09-2007, 05:11 AM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By Chris G
sorry it's taken so long,

I haven't even checked this website....I'm the student countil advisor and we just put on a school carnival that has eaten up my life. It's over, it was successful, and now I'm back to normal (well,...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-20-2007, 05:14 AM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By Chris G
I have a notebook with a section for each of the...

I have a notebook with a section for each of the kids. They know to be ready when their name is called, they're usually working on their vocabulary or writing, or a piece of silent work so that I...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-19-2007, 03:42 PM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By Chris G
This works for me....

Yup, I, too, ask my fifth graders to read a minimum of 20 minutes each night. Parents don't have to sign, they don't have to write about it....but the first five minutes (it would be ten minutes if...
Board: ARCHIVE 02-02-2007, 04:36 AM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By Chris G
Turn it into a lesson

Funny, a similar situation happened to me just yesterday....I was three minutes late getting to class after lunch (my principal's fault), and the kids were standing outside the door, just screaming....
Board: ARCHIVE 01-24-2007, 05:46 AM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By Chris G
Weslandia!!!

I've read Weslandia by Paul Fleischman to every fifth grade class (and my 8th, 9th, and 10th grade classes for the two years I taught that level) ever since it was published. Full of many, many...
Board: ARCHIVE 01-24-2007, 05:44 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Chris G
Remember to let me know!

For the first time, in December, I had a literature circle of students reading Pictures of Hollis Woods that said they did not really like the book...it's the first time, ever. I can't tell if one...
Board: ARCHIVE 01-21-2007, 08:27 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Chris G
Age level: Fifth Grade

Fifth Grade, but our school is pushing for "above average"...he talked about Gilgamesh and abridged Julius Caeser!
Board: ARCHIVE 01-20-2007, 03:22 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By Chris G
Ancient Civilizations

My private school has decided to pursue a "classical" curriculum, and I've been told that I must integrate Ancient Civilizations throughout my LA and SS curriculum next year. The five strands will...
Board: Violet Room 10-20-2006, 04:51 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Chris G
Wonderful!

Thanks for posting.

And what about the art? Some picture books have some of the most beautiful art that I've ever seen! For me, this is no small matter. Even more reason to read 'em!
Board: ARCHIVE 10-20-2006, 04:46 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Chris G
No time for Social Studies

I teach Language Arts for five 55-minutes a week. Nowhere near enough time! And on top of that, they have "tacked on" three 45-minute periods three times a week to teach Social Studies. Needless...
Board: ARCHIVE 10-03-2006, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By Chris G
Jack Prelutsky uses the absolutely best...

Jack Prelutsky uses the absolutely best vocabulary in his poetry....expecially from his books: Pizza the Size of the Sun, New Kid on the Block, Something Big Has Been Here......try "My Gerbil Was...
Board: ARCHIVE 09-10-2006, 08:32 AM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By Chris G
Poetry Read Alouds

I read a poem a day (at least) to the kids....but I'm looking for some new ideas.

Anyone have any favorites they'd like to share???

Thanks!
Chris G.
Board: ARCHIVE 09-10-2006, 08:28 AM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By Chris G
Poetry....Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky,...

Poetry....Shel Silverstein and Jack Prelutsky, Jeff Moss, Kali Dakos, Bruce Lansky for funny; Frost, Dickinson, Pat Mora, Kristine O'Connell George, the newish Caroline Kennedy collection...

My...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-31-2006, 04:38 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By Chris G
Love it.

Have used it for years. The kids have loved it too, and the more you play it up the better! There are two books, but the red one (which I think is the first one) is the one I have used every year. ...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-30-2006, 04:28 AM
Replies: 17
 
Posted By Chris G
Read Alouds

I only get one period a day with my kids for language arts, so I have to squish in a read aloud. The only two books I got to read last year were Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick (make sure you...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-29-2006, 07:51 AM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Chris G
Language Arts Background Music for Writing

When my kids write silently, I like to have some background music playing (softly). I have a couple of African Rhythms cds, and a Turkish instrumental which is pretty cool. I particularly like the...
Board: Violet Room 08-27-2006, 07:02 PM
Replies: 28
 
Posted By Chris G
It was quite exciting to open your form....I just...

It was quite exciting to open your form....I just FINALLY obtained Microsoft Office for my Mac and can finally open WORD documents. This was the first...I was so thrilled when it appeared!
...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-27-2006, 06:53 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By Chris G
Writing Choices

I've given them five short prompts to write on for 10 minutes each during the first five days of school (choose a family member and describe that person in full, finish the sentence I was sad...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-23-2006, 08:12 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By Chris G
I really enjoy reading Poppy aloud...I love to do...

I really enjoy reading Poppy aloud...I love to do the different animal voices, but then my throat always hurts afterwards!

I've got to admit that I'm not the biggest Avi fan...other than Poppy,...



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