Monthly Archives: May 2013

Animoto The link above will take you to my Animoto that I created about my “pretty, pretty princess, Gabby.” It’s a bit “cheesy,” but I really enjoyed creating it! I have heard a lot about Animoto and have seen a few videos that my coworkers have created, but this was my first experience with the […]


Jackie_Robinson HOW COOL IS BIOCUBE?!?!?!? Ahhh I just love it! I am putting this website on my “list of things to do next year…” This was a very simple process that my class and I could collaboratively create after reading a picture book-biography, or they could create one with a partner, or even independently on […]

Ciardiello is a credible fellow :)

After reading Ciardiello’s article, my mind was turning.  He has made all of the work and research we’ve conducted even more credible.  Every teacher need to read this article to make our young learners more than just young learner…we can make them young heroes.  Young heroes will eventually become responsible, well-informed, active citizens.  They will […]

Let’s Hold Hands: an Annotated Bibliography

Axtell, D. (1999). We’re going on a Lion Hunt. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company. David Axtell retells Michael Rosen’s original, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” (1989) with a cultural twist.   Both books are about a small group of individuals fearlessly hunting (or looking) for something unknown.  The books differ however, when looking […]

“My People”

I am from a gravel road, from Labrador Retrievers and Chevrolet trucks. I am from the breezy wrap around porch, ten-acre horse farm and “pop-sound” of Rawling baseballs hitting my brothers’ gloves.   I am from magnolia trees for climbing and rose bushes planted in honor of loved ones who are no longer with us. […]

Analyzing Picture Books

Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom Artistic Technique/Media Kadir Nelson uses Oil Paintings to convey the story’s meaning through pictures. The pictures are powerful and captivating. Frye says that, “color communicates mood and reflects emotions in picture books and often shows the passing of time.” Nelson certainly uses the colors of his […]

Read Alouds

A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann Eric Rohmann’s A Kitten Tale was a wonderful book to read aloud to my students. The pictures were engaging and did most of the “talking.” The words supported the pictures but still left room for wonder, predicting, and surprise. According to Rohmann in his 2003 Caldecott Medal Acceptance Speech, […]