Great Giveaway! / Two Throwback Link-Ups!

Hello!  Happy Saturday!

If you're into giveaways - like me - head on over to Deb's blog at:


Deb's been exceptionally busy creating Powerpoints, craftivities, ... about the different parts of speech.  Actually, I'm very impressed with this whole project, and now you can even have a chance to win some of her amazing creations!

I've been following Leslie's blog - - for a while, and she's starting a new Throwback Link-Up!

Here's some background information.  I started my blog on April 13, 2013.  I was still figuring out what to do.  I chose this Doug Florian entry because I have all his books right now so I'm prepared for National Poetry Month.  Plus, I do love the student work sample done by Megan from my class last year.  Enjoy!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Poetry by Douglas Florian

Poetry Ideas

Since April is officially Poetry Month, we have been reading several books by Douglas Florian who uses words creatively and cleverly to write his amazing poems.  Today I showed several of his poems - Bactrian Camel and The Bear (just to give some examples) - and had the kids identify how the poet used language to write his poetry.  Then I turned it over to the kids and had them write some poems.  Here is one example that I absolutely loved:
I love how the student described the furry, fuzzy and fluffy ears, but the best part was how the panda dresses in Bamboo for Halloween.  Amazing and creative!  I'll be posting more examples over the weekend, but I was so inspired by this student's poem that I had to share it right away.

Additionally, Douglas Florian has his very own blog that you can check out for more examples of his work at:

Here's another cool link-up sponsored by  TBT with Primary Possibilities

I've decided to repost a blog entry from May 18, 2013.  I had just started my blog, and I didn't know how to link up for Five For Friday so I used to do my own version.  This is an excerpt about a book that I totally loved and enjoyed:

On the rug, the kids are sharing stories about a memorable time when they lost a tooth.  A few weeks ago, we read the book:  Throw Your Tooth on the Roof:  Traditions from Around the World by Selby B. Beeler.
  This book is very informative - I know that I learned quite a lot about different tooth traditions.  In some countries, people bury their teeth, use their teeth to make jewelry, and yes, some people actually do throw their teeth on their roof.  Here are some student work samples:
 I have to give credit for this idea to a third grade teacher in Whitman, MA who posted the idea on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Here is the link so you can download her lesson:  Also, I have added a link to Third Grade Cupcakes so you can visit this talented teacher's blog to get more of her creative ideas.

I should go back and reread my blog more often - it gives me some great ideas and lets me relive some great memories!

1 comment

  1. I agree; Megan's poetry sample is lovely! National Poetry Month provides so many opportunities to create and share writing. Thanks so much for linking up with the throw-back party and sharing it here. :) Have a wonderful weekend!


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