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Literacy Resources and Book Recommendations

We've had a number of fun events this month to celebrate the joy of reading! Atwood Primary celebrated Dr. Seuss Day with a school-wide reading event and Williams Elementary kicked off our annual March Madness reading tournament. It's awesome to see our students finding joy in reading!


This morning, WES Skyped with Author Tamra Wight, who shared the first chapter in her fourth book with us. What a treat! Our next visit with her is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6. It will be another full day of reading celebrations, as the winner of our Nonfiction March Madness tournament will be announced in a school-wide assembly at 1:45!


This week, I'm sharing some new book recommendations, as well as a few of my favorite recent blog posts.

Happy Reading!

Dr. Seuss Day at Atwood Primary

The town meeting on March 6 at Atwood Primary focused on celebrating Dr. Seuss and the importance of reading! This special event included poems shared by Title 1 Readers, a fun skit for My Many Colored Days and a school-wide Read In. Thanks to Mrs. Kroemer for coordinating such a fun event celebrating the importance of reading!

2017 March Madness at Williams Elementary

On Wednesday, March 1, we kicked off our annual Nonfiction March Madness tournament with a school assembly at WES! Thank you to the teachers for highlighting the sixteen books in this year's competition. A big THANK YOU to Jason Pellerin for organizing and hosting our opening ceremony. The winner of our reading tournament will be announced on April 5! Stay tuned!

Let the Madness Begin!

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Favorite New Literacy Blogs and Articles

The Value of Struggle

Great blog post from the Responsive Classroom on the value of struggle and the importance of mindset.


Mentor Texts for Expository Writing

Wow! This incredible blog post from Melissa Stewart includes 50 outstanding book recommendations for expository literature! Enjoy!


5 Ideas for Making Writing More Fun to Teach

This blog post from Jennifer Serravallo has great tips for writing workshop.


Tamra Wight's Next Mystery

Woohoo! Mystery of the Bear Cub, Tamra Wight's fourth book in the Cooper and Packrat series, will be released in October of 2017!


5 Research Based Principles for Fostering Independence in Literacy

I shared this blog post with Atwood teacher during our team day. These tips are from the authors of the new book What Are the Rest of my Students Doing? and are applicable to all classrooms. It's a quick read!

What are you reading?

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I love this poster on the door of Mary Loveitt's third grade classroom! What a great way to celebrate books and reading with your students!

I'm Currently Reading...

What's next in my book stack?

Shelly Moody

Instructional Coach, K-5

Atwood Primary School

Williams Elementary School