Literacy + Life: Summer Road Trip edition

Yeah! Summer is here … time for that summer road trip! Whether you’re headed to the mountains or the ocean, we’d like to invite you to take our new Literacy Road Trip eBook with you. The kids get some fun, educational car games for your summer road trip. You get something to keep them busy and ward off the  pleas of are we there yet? Literacy Road Trip; Games to Make Car Travel Fun (and Educational) is part of our Literacy + Life series. It is a set of ready-made games that engage kids with literacy concepts. Download the book, print the game cards … and you’re ready to roll! Perfect for your summer road trip! There are limitless ways to play Literacy Road … Read more

Can you taste it? a 5 Senses Poem – Yum!

Next up in my poetic journey is a 5 senses poem I wrote about friendship. As you would expect, with a 5 senses poem, each line draws on one of our five senses – taste touch smell sight sound In her explanation of 5 senses poems at the Make and Take blog, colors can make great sensory poetry, too. Friendship – a 5 Senses Poem Friendship is a spring color It smells like a rose And tastes like apple pie friendship sounds like a songbird And feels like a furry white kitten. If I were writing a 5 senses poem about friendship today, it would be … Friendship is iridescent It smells like cinnamon With a taste of hot cocoa … Read more

Septone – a Throwback Thursday for National Poetry Month

To all my poetry friends and friends who are poets: I confess, I did not remember what a septone poem is. Here is a great definition I found at Mr. Kelly’s Place, a Weebly blog by an Ontario, Canada, educator. A Septone poem consists of 7 lines of simple, just-for-fun, unrhymed verse. Authors commonly use their 7 digit home or cellular phone number (no area codes required) as the digits in the phone number help to establish the number of syllables the author will use per line (assume that zero requires ten syllables). There is no set topics with Septones and students are encouraged to create a story with a beginning, middle and end.  Because of the limited lines and syllables, the author has to … Read more