I Am a Teacher.

Of course, I want my students to become master craftsmen in the arts of reading, writing, and mathematics. I will bust-my-bottom every single day so that each of them are successful.

But the things important to me, for each and every student in my circle-of-influence to learn this year are…

the same skills that we all started learning in kindergarten.

  • Share everything.
  • Play fair.
  • Don’t hit people.
  • Put things back where you found them.
  • Clean up your own mess.
  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
  • Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
  • When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
  • Live a balanced life – learn some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
  • If the dream is held close to the heart, and imagination is applied to what there is close at hand. Everything is still possible.

― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten

If my students begin to comprehend the world a little clearer because of the mastery of the art that I love, and I- in some small way- can continue to allow these ten truths to become planted a little deeper into their lives, then I will be allowed to boldly proclaim… “This Year, I Am a Teacher.”

Interactive Projects 

ABC Character Profiles 

Art Appreciation 


Business Letters


Cube Creator 

Dating Profiles 

Diary Entries 



Friendly Letters 

Gravestones and Eulogies 

Magazine Articles

Movie Trailers

  • Communing with Literary Agents and Movie Moguls

Music Appreciation 



  • Acrostic
  • Ballad
  • Cinquain
  • Diamante
  • Free Verse
  • Kyrielle
  • Limerick
  • Shape Poem
  • Tanka




Research Projects 

  • Animal Research PowerPoints
  • Biographical Research
  • Topic Research


  • Impromptu Speeches
  • How-To
  • Reporting On-the-Scene

Television Shoebox


Trading Cards  



  • Expository Essays
  • Fables and Myths (The Hero)
  • Flash Fiction
  • Narrative Short Stories Stories
  • News Articles
  • Newsletters
  • Persuasive Essays
  • Typing Practice Tutorials

Tradebook Study Guides

Study Guides will soon be available for referencing for these books for your reading pleasure. Each guide will have several enrichment activities. One activity is expected of you each nine-week grading period.

  • Among the Hidden: Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • The Apprenticeship of Lucas Whitaker: Cynthia DeFelice
  • The Barn: Avi
  • Bearstone: Will Hobbs
  • Bud, Not Buddy: Christopher Paul Curtis
  • The Castle in the Attic: Elizabeth Winthrop
  • The Cay: Theodore Taylor
  • Crash: Jerry Spinelli
  • Crispin: Avi
  • The Fear Place: Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • Freak the Mighty: Rodman Philbrick
  • Hope Was Here: Joan Bauer
  • The Island: Gary Paulsen
  • Night Journey: Avi
  • Number the Stars: Lois Lowry.
  • Poppy: Avi
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Mildred D. Taylor
  • Sounder: William H. Armstrong
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle: Avi
  • Walk Two Moons: Sharon Creech
  • War with Grandpa: Robert Kimmel Smith
  • Weasel: Cynthia DeFelice
  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond: Elizabeth George Speare
  • White Water: Paul Horgan
  • Woodsong: Gary Paulsen
  • A Wrinkle in Time: Madeleine L’Engle

Written for The Daily Post: The Art and Craft of Blogging: Learning




Here are four different videos of popular book presented by way of a BookTalk.

As you peruse each video, make special note of the things that you particularly liked (or did not like) in each video.

Watch how each presenter takes advantage of thier varied personality eccentricities.

Chose the best traits from each. Try to avoid doing the things you found disingenuous to your personality.

Complete the BOOKTALK template (paying careful attention to the rubric).

I look forward seeing your presentation.

Video #1: Tom Sawyer

Video #2: Peter Pan

Video #3: Twilight (Book 1)

Video #4: The Secret Garden

Make your ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ list from each of the videos.

You might even want to try videotaping your BOOKTALK. ???

For more assistance and Your WORKSHEET and grading RUBRIC, click here. 

A Business Letter

snoppy typingWhile the writing of a friendly letter may be becoming a lost art. The business world will never lose its need for correspondence.

There are appropriate formats and necessary ‘niceties’ that have to be adhered to for proper business correspondence if you wish to be taken seriously.

While the mode of the delivery of a business letter has been electronically revolutionized, the need for properly carrying out the task of the correspondence has not changed.

New technology has lead to new forms and meanings of ‘politeness and niceties’ as well as the way to verify the receiving this correspondence. Even the saving and retrieval of correspondence has been transformed.

This school year, we are going to try to find reasons to write several versions of a business letter.

You will need them as you begin the search of schools and future job training.

You might even need a business letter for a local store’s complaint department to seek the rectifying of a problem with a purchase.

Click here for more information about BUSINESS LETTERS. 

A Friendly Letter

connect4A Friendly Letter

The lost art of letter writing should NOT become a lost art.

It is still a grand experience to get a handwritten letter from a distant friend or a long-lost relative (even a close one!).

While getting an email for a friend allows for immediate relational correspondence, the touch of love and compassion a handwritten letter brings to you as you read it cannot be overlooked. (IMPORTANT NOTE: It does have to be planned for! Three days ahead of the time you want you friend to receive the letter- at a minimum.) 

This school year, we are going to try to find reasons to send a handwritten letter (or note) every month. When you get to see the look of surprize in loved ones’ eyes… you will know that it was worth it!

Click here for more information about FRIENDLY LETTERS. 

Making Sock Puppets


After watching these three videos and looking at WikiHow, you should have a cartload of ideas.

Be sure to follow the RUBRIC grading directions and grade yourself before you go too far with your project.

Check in with me at any time you feel you need assistance!

The Sock Puppet Rubric 

Video #1: A Student’s Video

Video #2: A More Advanced Version

Video #3: Puppets from a Kit

Video #4: The Most Exhaustive Procedures

Video #4: WikiHow  

This one is more written directions and pictures.


Written for Projects for Presenting Novel Ideas