Last summer, the Georgia Department of Education put together a team to write a series of literacy learning cycles in the style of my Once Upon a Science Book series. These fantastic resources include a science activity, a science article with a related reading skill, a specific writing skill, and a writing assignment. They truly … Continue reading Free, Print-Ready Science/Reading/Writing Lesson Plans from the Georgia DOE
Portable Staff Development
About a year and a half ago, I created a series of short videos on integrating reading, writing and science for the Georgia Department of Education. Apparently, the GA DOE has an amazing and long vetting process before they can share media, but those videos are now up and running. I'm really glad to have … Continue reading Portable Staff Development
Linking Literacy: NSTA and Science Writers
This year's national NSTA conference will feature an exciting array of nonfiction science writers, helping you link literacy with your science teaching. And for the next 3 months, the participating writers will be blogging every Tuesday and Thursday over at Darcy Pattison's Mims House blog. So far, we've had Jessica Fries-Gaither, Heather Montgomery, Anna Crowley … Continue reading Linking Literacy: NSTA and Science Writers
Writers in the Southeast: Spring To Success with Springmingle’19
If you live in Georgia, Alabama, or the Florida panhandle, you are super lucky to be in the Southern Breeze region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. This year’s regional conference will be March 15 and 16 in Atlanta (although writers from anywhere are welcome!). If you’ve thought about writing for children, … Continue reading Writers in the Southeast: Spring To Success with Springmingle’19
Getting Administrators Interested in Science
I was at a science conference recently and overheard several conversations between teachers who were frustrated that science time was being cut at their school to allow for more time to drill reading, writing, and math. I came home and decided to put together one more video to directly address why that's a loss for … Continue reading Getting Administrators Interested in Science
Integrating Reading, Writing, and Science—Videos!
Over the last few months, I’ve been involved with a project that I am very excited to finally share—I have been making a video series on topics related to integrating reading, writing, and science for the Georgia Department of Education. I’ve made two sets (with some overlap): one geared toward elementary teachers and administrators, and … Continue reading Integrating Reading, Writing, and Science—Videos!
Writers and Writers-to-be
If you live in Georgia, Alabama or northern Florida (or in nearby parts), and you write for kids or dream of it, mark your calendars: March 10-11 is the annual Southern Breeze regional conference for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. This year is our Alabama conference (in Birmingham), which is my favorite … Continue reading Writers and Writers-to-be
Big News from WIK
I got first place in the Southern Breeze manuscript contest! I can't believe it! Before awarding the prizes, they announced that, due to there being so few non-fiction entries, they had rolled that category in with fictional picture books and easy readers. I groaned and figured I wouldn't have a chance--but I won the whole … Continue reading Big News from WIK