Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Last week I enjoyed visits to Brawerman East and Brawerman West Elementary Schools in Los Angeles as part of their Celebration of Reading. At both schools I spoke to children in kindergarten through third grades and had very enthusiastic audiences with lots of excellent questions at the end of my presentation. At Brawerman West I was treated to a room full of students all dressed up as their favorite characters from a fiction book of children’s literature. Even the teachers wore costumes. I thank librarian Karen Morgenstern (who was dressed as the Queen from Snow White, complete with a real apple!) for inviting me to Brawerman West and doing such a good job of preparing the students for my visit. At Brawerman East I thank librarian Crystal Noe for reading my books to the students before my visit and Rosie Barajas and Principal Gillian Feldman for making sure that everything ran smoothly. I thank the Susan Isaacson, Assistant Principal for arranging my visit. It was the perfect final event for a full week of Celebrating Reading!
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Last Tuesday I spoke to students and teachers at Park Century School in Culver City as part of their week of celebrating reading. I was impressed by their enthusiasm and good attention and their excellent questions at the end of my presentation. I thank librarian and reading specialist Sarah Ziolkowska for inviting me and doing such a good job of organizing my visit. It was a pleasure to get to know her and to meet the other teachers and a staff at Park Century.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
|Welcome Sign, Mount Vernon Elementary School, Bakersfield, CA|
|Signing books in the library|
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
|Paper Plate Time Zone "Clock"|
What time zone do you live in? You can make a time zone “clock” that will help you figure out what time it is in other parts of the world compared to the time where you live.
You will need:
- 2 paper plates
2. Use the ruler and pen to divide the circle into 24 equal pie-shaped sections. Start by dividing the circle into quarters and divide these in half to make eighths. Then divide each of these into three smaller sections.
3. Write “London, Greenwich Mean Time” in one of the sections. Then, continue clockwise writing the name of a city in each of the following time zones.
4. Place the circle with the city names in the center of the other paper plate. Fasten them together with the brad.
5. On the rim of the plate, above the pie section that says “London,” write “12:00 Midnight”. Continue in a clockwise manner, writing 1:00am, 2:00am, 3:00am, and so on until you return to 12:00 Midnight.
6. Look at the time on the rim of the plate above the time zone where you live. That is what time it is when it is 12:00 midnight in London. When you rotate the circle so that the time on the rim is your current time, the other pie sections will tell you what time it is in other cities in the world.
Note: If you need to adjust your time according to daylight savings time, remember: spring forward (add an hour in spring); fall backward (go back an hour in fall.)
You can find this project and many others in my book The Geography Book: Activities for Exploring, Mapping, and Enjoying Your World. It is available both in paperback and as a Kindle book.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
|Festival Poster created by Peter Brown|
Keynote speakers this year included illustrator Peter Brown, poet Rebecca Kai Dotlich, writer Marc Tyler Nobelman, novelist Avi, writer Jennifer Holm, and illustrator Lois Ehlert with editor Allyn Johnston.
Between the keynote speeches we had many choices of breakout sessions. I presented a breakout session on Friday afternoon called From Polar Bears to Zebras: Nonfiction books as Springboards to Reading, a hands-on workshop featuring fun projects and classroom activities linked to my books. I thank Peggy Constantine for her assistance during my workshop and for introducing me. I thoroughly enjoyed going to several of the other breakout sessions. I went to Marilyn Carpenter's book review session, story telling with Adrien Lowery, and Kristine O'Connel George's and Deborah Kai Dotlich's poetry jar jamboree. It was hard to choose! As a special treat during the conference, we were all entertained by singer/music teacher Emily Dale who had turned several of the authors’ picture books into songs.
|At the book signing table at the Charlotte Huck Literature Festival|
This was my second time at the Charlotte Huck Children's Literature Festival and I thoroughly enjoyed it once again. The success of the conference is due to Chair Marjorie Arnett and the hardworking Festival committee, whose members work tirelessly throughout the year to make sure everything runs smoothly. They are already at work on next year’s Festival, which will celebrate twenty years!
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
For more than thirty years I have taught in the UCLA Writer's Program. My courses have focused on writing for children, but the program offers hundreds of classes in all kinds of writing from screenplays to novels and more. I have just learned that scholarships are available for promising writers. Here is the information:
Applications are now available for the 2015-16 Writers’ Program Scholarship, which covers the cost of three full-length Writers’ Program courses during a one-year period. The deadline to submit is Monday, June 29th, 2015.
For more information about the scholarship, please contact Katy Flaherty at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 310-206-0951.
Click here to read an article about the scholarship: http://writers.uclaextension.edu/2015/02/09/announcing-the-2015-writers-program-scholarship/
Click here to read about the 2014-15 recipients: http://writers.uclaextension.edu/2014/10/06/introducing-our-2014-15-scholarship-recipients/
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
|At Madison Rose Lane Elementary School with Jahnvieve and Deborah Reker|