Sunday, February 19, 2012

Teaching Theme

        We have been reading almost all nonfiction since our return from Christmas break but this week we will return to fiction.  I need to teach my students how to identify the theme of the texts they read.  I am planning on introducing theme as THE MEssage and showing my students a PowerPoint that I found online.  I also will be using some of Peter H. Reynolds's books like ish and The Dot.  Plus I have a couple of books on hold over at Barnes and Noble ready for pick up-Enemy Pie and The One.  In the years past I have used Kevin Henkes's mice books and Amazing Grace.  I am curious do you have any books that you like to use to teach theme?  Please let me know if you have a great "must use" books!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How'd you meet your hunny?

        Abby at the Third Grade Bookworm blogged about Chrissy B.'s linky party regarding how you met your hunny.  I do not usually join linky parties (because I don't actually know how to link up-still very much a "nube" when it comes to all of the bloggy stuff).  But I did want to share how I met my best friend and husband of almost eight years Bill.  So here's our story . . . 

        I was in my last year of college and had just begun my student teaching when the singles group at my church signed up to build a house with the wonderful group Habitat for Humanity.  I have no building skills whatsoever but decided to go anyway.  So early on Saturday, January 18, 2003 my roommate and I got up and got dressed in nineteen degree weather to go help build a house for Habitat for Humanity.  So there I was bundled up like the Michelin man looking not that cute and I met this really sweet and funny guy.  Over the next eight weeks we met up every Saturday morning and helped build a house for a really nice family.  The sweet and funny guy turned out to be a whole lot more!  My original goal was to help a family build a home - little did I know that family helped me build my own home with the love of my life and bestie Bill.