The “Looks Like” Game

The “Looks Like” Game

Sultry spring breezes drifted through the open windows, swaying the blinds, teasing our noses with the perfume of honeysuckle and wild roses. It was hard to maintain...

Spring word bank

Spring by Karla Kuskin I’m shouting I’m singing I’m swinging through trees I’m winging skyhigh With the buzzing black bees. I’m the sun I’m the moon I’m the dew on the...

Spring writing activities

  Spring is in the air—and it’s a great time to look for some fresh writing opportunities for your children. Considering my wacky schedule this week, I thought...

Writing haiku poetry

Writing haiku poetry

Words Matter Week: Day 1 Every single day, almost without fail, the poetry lessons draw more folks to this blog than any other article (with the two most frequently...

Writing math poetry

Writing math poetry

Math poetry—who would have thought? I’ve always been a big fan of writing across the curriculum. After all, it just makes sense to tie writing into as many...

The joy of writing

Yesterday morning I stumbled upon this poem by Wislawa Szymborska, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about...

Thanksgiving acrostic

LOOKING FOR a holiday activity? Divert your kids with a Thanksgiving acrostic poem! Write the word THANKSGIVING vertically on a sheet of lined paper. Using each of the...

Grammar in a nutshell

From geography jingles my children learned over 17 years ago, I can still remember, among other facts, the states that comprise the eastern border of the U.S...

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