Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Snapshots - A Day in the Desert


Yesterday I had an awesome day 
with my buddy Michelle from The 3AM Teacher.



We took a trip out to the
Desert Botanical Gardens.

Here are some of my favorite pics from our day in the desert.

Photos by TL Wilson Photography - Peoria, AZ

Photos by TL Wilson Photography - Peoria, AZ

Photos by TL Wilson Photography - Peoria, AZ

Photos by TL Wilson Photography - Peoria, AZ

Photos by TL Wilson Photography - Peoria, AZ

Photos by TL Wilson Photography - Peoria, AZ

Photos by TL Wilson Photography - Peoria, AZ
Do you like taking pictures too?






Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Talk Thursday



Today I'm going to share what I have been reading lately.

Yesterday I mentioned this one in my Historical Fiction post.
I just loved it!



Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day’s breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother’s death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage’s grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can’t.

Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shame­ful secret and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well. With the integrity of the closest friend she’s ever had clouded, Sage begins to question the assumptions and expectations she’s made about her life and her family. In this searingly honest novel, Jodi Picoult gracefully explores the lengths to which we will go in order to keep the past from dictating the future.


This one, I didn't want to put down.


Grenadine Scotch Wild has only vague memories of the parents she last saw when she was six years old. But she's never forgotten their final, panicked words to her, urging Grenadine to run. The mystery of their disappearance is just one more frayed strand in a life that has lately begun to unravel completely. One year into her rocky marriage to Covey, a well-known investor, he is arrested for fraud and embezzlement. And Grenadine, now a successful collage artist and painter, is facing jail time despite her innocence.

With Covey refusing to exonerate her unless she comes back to him, Grenadine once again takes the advice given to her so long ago: she runs. Hiding out in a mountain town in central Oregon until the trial, she finds work as a bartender and as assistant to a furniture maker who is busy rebuilding his own life. But even far from everything she knew, Grenadine is granted a rare chance, as potentially liberating as it is terrifying—to face down her past, her fears, and live a life as beautiful and colorful as one of her paintings.


This one is older, but still a good read!


Every fire begins with a little heat–and in Slow Burn, bestselling author Julie Garwood provides the spark, skillfully blending pulse-pounding action, intense emotion, and characters with grit and heart. The result is an electrifying novel of romantic suspense that will have readers burning through the pages.

An unpretentious beauty who radiates kindness, Kate MacKenna doesn’t have a bad bone in her body–or an enemy in the world. So why are bombs igniting everywhere she goes? The first explosion brings her face-to-face with a handsome Charleston police detective. The second sends her into the arms of her best friend’s brother–a Boston cop who’s a little too reckless and way too charming for comfort. But Dylan Buchanan won’t let emotion prevent him from doing his job: Someone is trying to kill Kate, and Dylan is the only one standing between her and the monster who wants her dead.


I would love to hear about what you are reading too!

Get Lost in a Good Book!  Check out this linky to find recommendations for a good book to read.  Then share your recommendations with us!

Positive Thinking Thursday


This is one of my absolutely favorite commercials!
It makes me smile every time I see it
(and it makes me sing along!)


Happy Thursday Friends!

P.S.
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There's still time to shop!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Hooray for Historical Fiction!


I absolutely
L.O.V.E.
Historical Fiction!

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

As I was getting my unit ready, I asked some friends what resources for Historical Fiction they would like to see and the results were:
The Civil War
Immigration to the US
World War II  
and the 1960's

What luck!  
Those are my favorite time periods to teach about!

So I will break down my resources today by time period.

I start out (obviously) by talking about what historical fiction is and how we will be talking about it.

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
Then I begin with a read aloud mentor text.
There are so many to choose from!
Choose one that aligns with the time period you study or just one that you and your kiddos will enjoy.
Here's a link I found on Pinterest with some examples.

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

As you read, have the kids jot down on sticky notes or in their reading journals what they notice while you are reading.  With younger students, you can do this together after you read the book.

Then use their ideas and sort them into things that are real facts about the historical period and which are fictional details the author added to make the story interesting.
You can also create a timeline of events from the story.

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

Once student are familiar with these strategies, they can move on to work in book clubs or independently.

Here are some other ideas to use with your students.

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
Copies of all my anchor charts are provided in the handout below.

A couple of my friends have great resources to help with teaching Historical Fiction too.
From
Meg has this great Book Study Unit that you can use with any Historical Fiction book.

And Jen Bengel has these great grade level aligned resources.

Here is a link I found with awesome picture prompts for writing about historical fiction.
LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

READ WRITE THINK also has some great lessons!

Now for some amazing BOOKS to use in your classrooms...
You can check out the books in more detail by clicking on the links in the widgets below each section.

The Civil War
I Survived books and The Magic Treehouse are ALWAYS hits with my class!

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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Immigration to the US

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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World War II - 1940's

This is one of my favorite time periods to study about.
Lots of great connections to be made between the victims of the Holocaust and the Japanese in the Internment camps.

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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The 1960's - Civil Rights


LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.
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I personally love to read historical fiction too.
that's probably why I enjoy teaching it so much.

Here are a few of my favorites that I have read lately.

LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.



Here's a link to my Pinterest Board with these and MORE resources for teaching 
Historical Fiction.

Follow Confessions of aTeaching Junkie's board Historical Fiction on Pinterest.
For copies of my anchor charts and links to other resources,
Click on the image below.
LOTS of Historical Fiction teaching resources!  Book Lists, Anchor Charts, Teaching Ideas, and MORE!  Resources cover The Civil War, Immigration to the US, World War II – the 1940’s, the 1960’s – Civil Rights.  Everything you need to get started with Historical Fiction in the elementary classroom.

Head on over to Carla's blog and check out the other Historical Fiction Posts!


Happy Thursday!

Positive Thoughts from Confessions of a Teaching Junkie.  I'm in elementary education and love to share my ideas. From teacher quotes to school organization, teacher appreciation, and everything in between.

Monday, February 23, 2015

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Snapshots


Last week I visited Butterfly Wonderland and took tons of pictures.  I made collages of the best photos.


Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!


I've been thinking all week about what I wanted to do with some of the photos and how I want to display them.  This morning I started fiddling around on PIC Monkey and came up with these.  I love how they turned out and my 19-year-old son was very impressed!

This one is my favorite!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

Check out my latest DIY project!  Using my favorite inspirational quotes and my own photography, I have created these beautiful images.  They are great gift ideas, perfect for sprucing up your office or home décor, and make great teacher gifts!

What do you think?
Which one do you like best?


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