1. Here are 2 fonts for you – commercial and personal use are both FREE!
I’m no graphic artist (sure wish I WERE!) but I’m pleased with how these came out. My favorite is LL Elementary 2!
2. My Spring Break week is quickly coming to a close. Today I’ll be doing lots of lesson planning for the coming weeks. Here’s what I’m planning for my 6th, 7th, and 8th grade literature classes.
6th Grade – Literature Circles
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (definitely the most chosen book among my 6th graders – I think my love for historical fiction is rubbing off on them!)
Rules by Cynthia Lord
If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period (my personal favorite of their choices)
My Life as a Book by Janet Tashjian
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danzinger
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson
3. 7th Grade – Literature Circles – The last quarter is the PERFECT time for this, isn’t it?
Here are my 7th grade choices:
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin (my favorite of the 7th grade choices!)
Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar
Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
I am David by Anne Holm (7th grade most popular choice – again, historical fiction!)
After the students made their choices this year, I decided to do everything in my power to give them their first choice and only in rare circumstances their second choice. This meant ordering MORE copies of novels for them to use and having multiple groups of the same books in one class and dropping some books altogether.
4. 8th Grade – Class Novel – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Instead of doing literature circles with my 8th graders during the last quarter, we do a class novel together to prepare them for their high school summer reading assignment. Incoming freshman are required to annotate a novel and do other activities that they are unfamiliar with, so I order them each their own copy of this novel and walk them through a simulation of their summer assignment so that they are prepared. I’ll post more about this topic later!
5. I’ll be a part of a couple of great upcoming giveaways! The first went live today!
Hop on over to Molly’s blog, Lucky to Be in First!, to enter this HUGE giveaway! I love how she has the prizes broken down by grade level!
I’ve got my Plot Elements Foldable Collection for Middle Grades in the prize pack for grades 4-6.