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School Work and Wolfsnail Blog Review

Getting the framing just right

I went back to Davis Magnet School today to facilitate the writing of captions. If you remember, I went out with second graders earlier this month as they photographed their neighborhood for a unit called Davis on the Map. Today, I sat with groups of four or five at a time at a kidney shaped table and we talked about proper nouns, active verbs, capitalization, spelling, and pronouns. We learned words: official, baptismal, peel, kiln, convince, unresolved and Jamaica. We had to consult dictionaries, the internet (which was slow and ineffective – ha!), and the teacher’s notes.

As the teacher and I worked with each group writing captions, the other students spent time going from one center to another. One of the centers was dedicated to books that were related to our unit. I added a work-in-progress of mine to the pile and invited the students to read it and make comments. Once our caption writing work was done, I talked with three students about the manuscript. One girl expressed her observations in the form of “text to self connections and text to text connections.” This particular manuscript is missing an ending so I asked them to give me their ideas and, of course, they had some good ones. I love interacting with my audience!

Wolfsnail update: A new review of Wolfsnail: A Backyard Predator went up on Maggie Reads, the blog of a librarian in the northeast part of the state. I really appreciate the kind words about the book and the recommendations for its use with kids. She also mentioned Growing Patterns: Fibonacci Numbers in Nature.


5 Responses to School Work and Wolfsnail Blog Review

  • Patty says:

    I love the photo.

    Patty

  • Maggie says:

    Hello! I was just stopping by to send you a link to the Booktalk! AND – Lo and Behold, You Found Me First!!!

    It will appear in newspapers probably as soon as next week. I am a constant in The Southern Reporter and Tate County Democrat. I am sporatic in The Tunica Times, DeSoto Times-Tribune and the Winona Times. I’ll try to send you cut sheets as published.

    It was a joy to read, gaze at, and talk about “Wolfsnail” and I look forward to reading “Growing Patterns.”

    Keep up the good fight and Make Mississippians READ!!! 😀

  • scampbell says:

    Thank you, Maggie. I look forward to seeing any reviews that are printed. Please email me through the website and I’ll send you my snail mail address.

  • Miss G says:

    Thanks for the article. I am so proud of you.

  • scampbell says:

    Thanks, Miss G. I have to give credit where it is due. You taught me all my math. 🙂

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