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Novel Madness 2014

ROUND TWO First Round Winners have been determined in my students' quest to find their favorite book of 2014. Winners are listed below, with new opponents for the next debate on March 26! Stay tuned! The Hobbitby J.R.R. Tolkien VS. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins   Cinderby Marissa Meyer VS. Divergentby Veronica Roth Inheritanceby Christopher… Continue reading Novel Madness 2014

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Novel Madness 2014

NOVEL MADNESS is here again! This annual contest crowns my students' all-time favorite book. In teams of six, they brainstormed titles. The initial list was 25 books. As a class, they voted on the top sixteen. Although some favorites are consistent, new titles appeared too. Hunger Games and Holes are  here for the third time.… Continue reading Novel Madness 2014

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Kid Logic

I first published this a year ago, but it is once again true. I added some of the kid logic from the recent V-Chip persuasive. It's that time of year again--we're teaching persuasive writing to our fifth and sixth graders. The students at our school are skilled writers. They get a lot of instruction and… Continue reading Kid Logic

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iPads vs. Textbooks

An essay written by a fifth grader IPads Vs Textbooks by Anisha             Textbooks have become a nuisance for students and school districts across the nation. As technology advances, learning has become more efficient, and children have become more accustomed to devices like iPads. Some school district officials think that textbooks are the way to… Continue reading iPads vs. Textbooks

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Community Service

            Hooray for Community Service! by Taman             The voices of cheerful kids ring in your ears. As you look around, you see smiling kids chattering while piling toys and books into trucks for the needy. Even though some students and adults may think that community service is a waste of time, I strongly believe… Continue reading Community Service