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Sept. 14th: Francis Scott Key wrote the National Anthem ("Oh, say can you see") on this day in 1814. (During The War of 1812. Go figure.) Dr. Seuss changed the focus from a song that's hard to sing to poems that are hard to say with his book of tongue-twisters, "Oh Say Can You Say?" Can YOU say, "Then we have to call in Pinner Blinn / who comes with his handy shin-pin bin / and with a thin Blinn shinbone pin / Blinn pins Dinn's shinbones right back in."

Nov. 25th: Back in the day, Dr. Seuss's "I Can Read It All by Myself" books featured a number of authors besides Seuss, probably none more popular than Seuss's old Army buddy, P.D. Eastman. Eastman gave us favorites like "Go, Dog, Go!" and this book, "Are You My Mother?"

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Dr. Seuss Word Family Hats

Practice reading and sorting word families with these FREE Dr. Seuss Word Family Hats. Included are word sorts for short and long vowels. | This Reading Mama

April 9th: With baseball season newly underway, we're calling attention to 2001's Caldecott Honor spin on the classic poem, Casey at the Bat. You don't have to love baseball to love this brilliantly conceived scrapbook of fictional newspaper clippings for the fictional game described in the poem. And check out that "100 year old" UPC code on the back! History, humor--this book has it all.

I hope you can use these autobiography templates with your students! This file contains 2 templates; one with promoting directions under each line and one without. If you like this, please rate me! I really appreciate your feedback and follows. Thanks so much!***Follow me for updates, exclusive offers, support and encouragement!Some Divine Intervention StoreSome Divine Intervention BlogSome Divine Intervention Facebook PageSome Divine Intervention on TwitterLove, Courtney Keimer

August 19th: Poet-humorist Ogden Nash was born on this day in 1902. His splendidly clever poems have tickled young readers for ages, but it took illustrator Lynn Munsinger to introduce him (via "The Tale of Custard the Dragon") to PRE-readers.

Feb. 23rd: W.E.B. DuBois, African-American intellectual, author and activist, was born on this day in 1868. Few people have had more influence on the civil rights movement. "The Upward Path," perhaps the first book intended for black children in the U.S. (published in 1920), contains two DuBois essays, along with many other stories and poems by African-American authors. You can read this historic book in its entirety by clicking.

Jan. 10th: Author-illustrator-dancer-designer-choreographer-teacher Remy Charlip was born on this day in 1929. His childlike drawings graced both his own books (like the cover from "Fortunately" here, a book that touched one of our visitors) and the work of other prominent children's book authors. He was also the model for the illustrations of Georges Méliès in The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

Sept. 11th: Why not put a positive spin on a day that can too easily inspire fear? Mordicai Gerstein's "The Man Who Walked Between the Towers" tells the true, uplifting story of a Frenchman who saw the twin towers in 1974 and just HAD to figure out a way to tightrope between them. He did, successfully!

Jan. 12th: Author Jack London was born on this day in 1876. Think Call of the Wild and White Fang (pictured here).

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Writing Resources: A Monthly Collection

Free writing resources created by the teachers at Upper Elementary Snapshots. Writing resources include Narrative writing, persuasive writing, opinion writing, and informational writing.

March 31st: Andrew Lang was born on this day in 1844. His "Fairy Books" (including The Blue Fairy Book, pictured here) translated tons of fairy tales from other lands into English for the first time. (Disney owes this guy big time!) No Lang, no Puss in Boots!

June 21st: Robert Kraus was born this day in 1925. A big-time illustrator for the magazines of his day, he founded Windmill Books and used his art world connections to get some of the top artists of the day to illustrate children's books. Often Kraus did the writing while sitting back and letting his artist friends work their magic on the illustrations. "Leo the Late Bloomer" is an excellent example.

This Alphabet Interactive Notebook makes learning about letters A to Z fun by having students make a craft of each letter. They will also work on their letter writing as well as cut and paste words that start with each letter into the notebook. It's a great year round activity!

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11 Fantastic Writing Rubrics for Kindergarten

11 Fantastic Writing Rubrics for Kindergarten from Teach Junkie 11 Fantastic Writing Rubrics for Kindergarten - all free - these are great