I Read to Write - Evidence Based Writing

I have to share this awesome resource with you! A few months ago, the folks at Zaner-Bloser asked me to try out their new I Read to Write product......& I am here to tell you I. LOVE. IT! 
I mean....it has EVERYTHING.

We're really working on close reading, finding evidence, and citing evidence in their writing. Boy - is I Read to Write perfect for all of that! 

Here's what I love about it:
  1. 17 different articles/texts in content areas: Science, Social Studies, and Math.
  2. LOTS of text features included! Rich text with quality text features isn't as abundant for 2nd graders as it is for older kiddos. Love that this resource has quality text features!
  3. I Read to Write supports students to READ, THINK, WRITE.
  4. Kiddos are guided from locating and highlighting the evidence, writing their answers to the questions on the sidebar. (READ)
  5. Multiple choice questions are included to assess comprehension/give kiddos practice at answering those kinds of questions. (THINK)
  6. Finally, there are two questions that require kiddos to use higher level thinking skills, to synthesize the information they've read, to respond, using evidence from the text to support their answers. (WRITE)
  7. The writing tasks don't require kiddos write in just one genre: they're able to write in informative, opinion, and narrative.
  8. Truly gives kiddos powerful practice toward success on those next generation assessments. 

This has been so successful with my kiddos that I have already put it on my purchase list for next year. No lie. I encourage you to stop by Zaner-Bloser and check it out. There are levels available for 2nd through 6th. You can even request a FREE SAMPLE and see it first hand!

Booking Across the USA - Norman Bridwell

I'm so excited to be part of Booking Across the USA this year & get to help celebrate children's authors from across the country!

I am from the great state of Indiana. And do you know what celebrated children's author is also from Indiana? Here's a hint....

Yeah......so, my hint may have been a little too easy. Did you guess?

Yep-- the creator of the beloved Clifford the Big Red Dog was born & raised right here in Indiana. Did you know that he never really intended to be a children's author? He loved to draw as a child & teen, and originally wanted to be an illustrator. He got rejection over & over.....and one editor even told him his drawings were awful and she couldn't imagine anyone wanting HIM to illustrate a book!

Eventually, one editor told him to think about writing a story around his drawings......and she pointed to his drawing of a baby girl & a horse-sized dog. I guess you could say that was the birth of Clifford
the Big Red Dog! The very first Clifford book was published in 1963.....today, there are over 80 titles in the Clifford series.
I admire Bridwell as wonderful children's book author, but even more so for his perseverence. His experience with rejection and the way he dealt with it is a great example of intestinal fortitude and perseverance.

 My kiddos are going to be reading lots of Clifford the Red Dog books this week. I'd love for them to learn more about the author, and to learn about how he never gave up on his goal and kept trying. I created a Respond to Text with Proof reading activity for them to use. To grab a copy for your class, just click on the pic below & download from my dropbox!

I'll leave you with a little bit of Norman Bridwell wisdom..... 

Primary Inspired on Educents

Yay! I'm so excited to finally share the secret! Educents has opened up a MARKETPLACE & Primary Inspired is officially open!

To celebrate the launch, I've got a FREEBIE to share with you.....AND my friends & I teamed up to host a $50 edubucks giveaway!

Have you tried my I Spy's yet? They're a BIG favorite with my kiddos! They are super engaged while they're working on them.....(shhhh! They don't realize they learning!). Click on the pic above to check it out& download in my Educents store!
Educents has organized some givewaways! Here are some of my favorite primary teachers on Educents. PLEASE FOLLOW PRIMARY INSPIRED on Educents so you don't miss a thing!
Educents Marketplace $50 in Edubucks Giveaway #7 - Second Grade Stores