Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Summer Full of READING!

            Last week, I met with my students that had participated in Camp Bookworm. Books were returned and praises were given for all the incredible reading completed.  Some of my students had accomplished more than the 25 book challenge.  They had read 50 books over the summer.  My heart smiled as I collected the many books borrowed and heard the warming stories of how books had been a rewarding part of their summer!  My last Camp Book Selection was Joe and Sparky, Superstars! By Jamie Michalak.

     This book has a turtle and giraffe as the main characters.  The characters work to find out Sparky, the turtle’s hidden talent.  In the end, they find indeed he does have a talent. His shadow is one of a kind and anybody can be a superstar! The book is a beginning chapter book illustrated beautifully by  Frank Remkiewicz.  This appears to be the second book about these great friends. 

       I have just finished a great book about Common Core.  Pathways to the Common Core really helped ease my fears with implementing theses new standards.   Calkins, Ehrenworth and Lehman did an amazing job explaining what the standards meant and how to increase teacher and student learning.  I really gained an understanding of the Common Core Reading Standards, Writing Standards and Speaking/Listening and Language Standards.  I am so excited to implement Common Core!  I am thankful that I have already started my journey with reader’s workshop.  Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s workshop will be great tools to help my student's learning accelerate!  What are your thoughts on Common Core?  Will you be implementing them for the first time this year? I would love to hear from you! 
Thanks for taking the time to stop by and read my thoughts! See you next time…..


Leah Mathis said...

Don't you just love it when your kids exceed all expectations! I love your cute blog! I am glad to have found you. I am your newest follower!
Learning 4 Keeps

The Hip Teacher said...

I will have to look for that book! I am both excited and nervous about Common Core, so I would love more resources to help put me at ease. Love your blog!


Heather said...

Thanks for the kind comments. I have gone to both of your blogs. I am your newest follower. Please check back. Heather

Tania said...

I have been meaning to ask our IRT for the Common Core book. I also saw 'cliff notes' at a workshop I attended. I need all the help I can get.
Camp Bookworm sounds fantastic!
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