Monday, May 14, 2012

And The Winner is....

Congratulations to Courtney Bartlett!!
She has won the $25.00 Gift Card from Amazon. 

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Thanks to everyone that participated in this giveaway!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012


             “What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable than teaching.”
                                                                 -Harriet Martineau

     Wow!  This is a great quote to sum up teaching.   All educators know how powerful of a job we each have on a daily basis.    Educators understand why we need a summer break.   In fact, most teachers spend their summer refreshing and creating new ideas for the upcoming year.   
      We are blessed to know the reward of a student truly understanding!  I can’t think of another profession that I would be so honored to have.
     Because of my gratitude to dedicated teachers all over, I am hosting a giveaway!  
     Teachers know that in order to create bookworms you need lots of BOOKS.  So, I am giving a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card away!

The giveaway is easy.  Here is what you need to do:

1.  Follow my blog.(one entry)
2.  Follow my Facebook page: Creating Bookworms Page
     (one entry)
    3.  Don’t be a Scrooge share this giveaway with two friends.
    4.  If you host your own blog, take time to blog about this    
         giveaway. (one entry) 
Giveaway ends Monday, May 14 at 6:00pm Eastern Time

This is my FIRST ever giveaway. 
I started Creating Bookworms almost two months ago.  
Thanks for all the support!! 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Author's Chat

                My students are published authors!  First graders had the best time working in their individual offices sharing their writing with visitors during our Author’s Chat today.  Each student had a Writing Briefcase filled with published writings throughout the year.  This week we spent time reflecting on each piece of writing.  First graders laughed at their writings from the beginning of the year.  They were able to pick out the many ways they had improved throughout the year.   Goals were set for their continued improvement in writing.  I loved how their areas to work on were often the same as I would have picked for them. 
            Students were most excited to share our class published book “Research Detectives”.  This book was published from Student Treasures Publishing Company.  We spent a couple weeks researching topics that interested each individual.  We had books on many animals and favorite activities.  Together we went through the five steps of the writing process.  In the end, we had an incredible book that will be a family treasure for these 20 authors.    I just couldn’t send the books home without a big celebration!


              Our Author’s Chat was an amazing learning adventure.  How often do first graders get to feel like professionals with briefcases, nameplates, and individual offices?   Visitors were given questions to ask our first graders.  I wanted this to be a time for students to think deeply about their writing and celebrate their accomplishments.   What a huge success!!  

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