One subject that I've come to love to teach is writing. When I break out my picture books and sit in my rocking chair, my students wait eagerly for the next assignment that goes along with my book. I can't claim this wonderful idea, it actually comes from the WritingFix.com. This site is a endless bucket of ideas, mentor texts, 6 trait ideas, lessons and ideas. I recently used the book Meanwhile by Jules Feiffer.
My students loved listening to this book and looking at the pictures. I just want to share with you they are 4th and 5th graders and love it. The stories that evolved from the transition lesson associated with this book were amazing, funny, and clever. Giving students the love (and permission to read a book) like this, in addition to using to learn about transition words is priceless. So, why not grab your favorite picture book or go to WritingFix.com and find a book to share with your students to open a whole new world of writing for them.
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