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Jennifer Reed
Hanging out at the corner of reader and story
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ALAMW awards, historic sites, and a social justice march
A highlight of my year is attending the American Library Association Youth Media Awards announcements ceremony on the Monday morning of the Midwinter. You can read about some experiences here and here. Sitting in the auditorium while the awards are announce...

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Pink is for Blobfish: Blue is for...
The second graders and I immensely enjoyed learning about some very cool pink animals a few weeks ago.  Pink is for Blobfish   by  Jess Keating ,   with illustrations by David Degrand, hooks readers with its incredibly engaging cover. I happen to be of the ...

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From Katz to Keats: Fourth Graders Create Poems about Ezra Jack Keats
Inspired by reading   A Poem for Peter , written by   Andrea Davis Pinkney  and illustrated by  Steve Johnson   and  Lou Fancher , my fourth graders created poems for Ezra Jack Keats.  Want to know how they got to this step? Read this post: Poems about Ezra...

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8 Great Web Tools for Creating Video Lessons
January , 2017 Video lessons are instructional videos created through a screen casting or video software. The nature of a video lesson differs according to the purpose for which it is created; it can be an explanatory video, a step by step tutorial, a revie...

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ReedALOUD: Moo
My lunch bunch book group and I just finished reading Moo by Sharon Creech .  "This uplifting tale reminds us that if we’re open to new experiences, life is full of surprises. Following one family’s momentous move from the city to rural Maine, an unexpected...

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ReedALOUD: Your Alien Returns
Hooray! He's back!  Teaming up for their own new adventure,   Tammi Sauer  and Goro Fujita, have brought back that adorable alien and sweet little boy who stole our hearts.  This time, the day of play is out of this world, literally. We're off to some unkno...

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ReedALOUD: Thunder Boy Jr.
My kindergarten students and I read  Thunder Boy Jr.   this week. This completely wonderful read aloud was written by   Sherman Alexie  and illustrated by  Yuyi Morales .  Sherman Alexie's narrative meets Yuyi Morales' art in a beautiful fusion of energy an...

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5th Graders' Shark Research Yields Many Interesting Facts
My fifth grade students spent the few weeks leading up to the break researching sharks while also learning about being good digital citizens. You can read about the project at its outset here.   Working in pairs or small groups, the students crafted a resea...
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