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Farmer, Polacco, White, Numeroff, and Thoreau! It’s July 8 to 14 on ReadWriteThink

tengrrl Posted by tengrrl in Reading & Language Arts on Jul 4, 2013 1:54:44 AM

pink-girl.jpgWho wants to be cooped up when beautiful summer days beckon? ReadWriteThink summer resources include this  reading and writing activity that gets children outside and encourages them to explore the world around them, whether it’s in their own backyards, in the woods during hikes, or at parks or beaches.


For even more summer-friendly literacy activities,  just keep reading!


Featured Resources

From the Calendar

  • July 9: Nancy Farmer, three-time Newbery honoree, was born in 1941. Students write original short stories in the science fiction genre based on some of Farmer's works and society’s most hotly-debated issues, such as cloning, toxic waste, and brain implants. (For grades 3–8)

  • July  10: The Scopes Trial began today in 1925. Students brainstorm a list of objects and processes that have changed over time and use the Timeline tool to sketch out the evolution of the item they have chosen. A giant class timeline can be created to show the evolution of the items students have investigated. (For grades 5–12)

  • July  11: Children’s author Patricia Polacco was born in 1944. Students share family stories of their own by writing original poems and reviewing parts of speech using the Diamante Poems tool. (For grades 3–8)

  • July  11: Author E.B. White was born on this day in 1899. Author E.B. White, most well-known for his famous children’s book, Charlotte’s Web, received high acclaim and awards for many of his works of fiction. (For grades K–5)

  • July  12: Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817. Students make mental “snapshots” of a natural setting, then capture the details of their setting by writing and then creating a class booklet of the nature walk. (For grades 1–12)

  • July  14: Author Laura Joffe Numeroff was born in 1953. Using one of Numeroff’s books as a model, students use the circle plot structure as a culminating project for a unit of study completed in the classroom. (For grades 3–8)

  • Later this  month, find lesson plans and activities on Ida B. Wells, Jack Kerouac, John Newbery, the first moon landing, Ernest Hemingway, and more!

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—Traci Gardner


[Photo: Anna reading outside by Sam Pullara, on Flickr]


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