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Vote for your favorite vocabulary haiku at Pinterest!

This March, our Vocabulary Haiku lesson inspired us to create a new contest we plan to sponsor annually every spring at our website. The objective of the challenge has students use a new-to-them vocabulary word in a seventeen-syllable haiku that is about nature.  This year we had dozens and dozens of great submissions from teachers from 3rd grade - 9th grade.

Between May 1…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on May 7, 2016 at 1:30pm

May 2016's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

As part of our bi-weekly Vocabulary Workshop, my students create small pieces of thoughtful writing around new tier-2 vocabulary they find in our readings and want to know and use.  A few years back, when I invited my 8th graders to create new vocabulary writing activities, one that they came up with was "…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on April 30, 2016 at 1:35pm

Last May's Writing Lesson of the Month!

Just a reminder that last May we put out what became a popular Mother's Day Writing Lesson in many classrooms.  The assignment/writing task can also certainly become a piece of "tribute" writing for anyone/thing that is special to you; for instance, my wife (Dena) and I used the format to write a list of 'job descriptions' for a colleague who was…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on April 26, 2016 at 9:30am

April's Writing Lesson is Posted!

Happy Spring, everybody!  Our April Lesson of the Month -- My Own Darn Math Curse -- is now posted and ready to use.  Enjoy!

If you end up with student samples or have any ideas for adaptations, feel free to post them in the reply box below!

--Corbett & Dena…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 31, 2016 at 4:56pm

Happy April Fool's Day!

Here's the April 1st slide from our 366-slide set of SWT slides.  It's one of our favorites!…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 31, 2016 at 4:52pm

Pi Poems? Publish them here!

If you took us up on our "Pi Poem" challenge (http://corbettharrison.com/lessons/Enemy-Pie.htm) and 

have a student sample worthy of sharing, feel free to post it below in the "Comment" box.  

You can…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 14, 2016 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

March's Writing Lesson Comes with a Contest!

I am pleased to announce our March Writing Lesson of the Month, which we think is an appropriate writing task for grades 3-12 (with higher expectations for the older kids, of course), also comes with a new contest!

Enjoy our 25-cent Vocabulary Haikus lesson.  The lesson…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on March 1, 2016 at 10:34am

Leap Day Writing Ideas?

If your students are like my students at all, they enjoy it when I set aside a special day for writing.  We have Pi Day in math class and our bi-monthly writer's workshop days in my class, but I'm talking about a special "theme day," where we prepare ahead of time and then spend a day doing writing that simply pleases us.  I might bring out a poem or an essay to use as a mentor text for the day,…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 11, 2016 at 11:50am — 3 Comments

Happy Presidents' Day! February's Lesson is Posted!

Check out Historical Tour Guide Scripts, February's Writing Lesson of the Month!  

Celebrate George Washington with your students with a charming picture book, and my teacher model of a tour guide script that examines the stairwell of the Washington Monument.

If your students write a…

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Posted by Corbett Harrison on February 4, 2016 at 7:10am

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National Boards? 9 Replies

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Writing- 5th grade

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More than a Number: Listen to this Song 1 Reply

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Vote for your favorite vocabulary haiku at Pinterest!

This March, our Vocabulary Haiku lesson inspired us to create a new contest we plan to sponsor annually every spring at our website. The objective of the challenge has students use a new-to-them vocabulary word in a seventeen-syllable haiku that is about nature.  This year we had dozens and dozens of great submissions from teachers from 3rd grade - 9th grade.Between May 1 and May 20, we are allowing the…See More
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May 2016's Writing Lesson of the Month is Posted!

As part of our bi-weekly Vocabulary Workshop, my students create small pieces of thoughtful writing around new tier-2 vocabulary they find in our readings and want to know and use.  A few years back, when I invited my 8th graders to create new vocabulary writing activities, one that they came up with was "…See More
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Last May's Writing Lesson of the Month!

Just a reminder that last May we put out what became a popular Mother's Day Writing Lesson in many classrooms.  The assignment/writing task can also certainly become a piece of "tribute" writing for anyone/thing that is special to you; for instance, my wife (Dena) and I used the format to write a list of 'job descriptions' for a colleague who was retiring last year.The cited mentor…See More
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