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8th grader Jack returned to me after the summer of 2012 with these great entries about his trip to Las Vegas to visit family and have fun.  Learn about our summer writing expectations here:  http://corbettharrison.com/Summer-Expectations.htm

8th grader Jack returned to me after the summer of 2012 with these great entries about his trip to Las Vegas to visit family and have fun. Learn about our summer writing expectations here: http://corbettharrison.com/Summer-Expectations.htm

A great, two-page entry from 7th grader Ryan about one of his excursions over the summer. Learn about my writer's notebook expectations for my students here: http://corbettharrison.com/writers_notebooks.html#communication

A great, two-page entry from grader Ryan about one of his excursions over…

My 7th graders were analyzing the epistolary story "Ordeal by Cheque," (http://corbettharrison.com/documents/OrdealbyCheque.pdf) and 8th grader Patrick was intrigued by my essential question still on the whiteboard: "Who is Tony Spagoni?"  Without evening knowing the story, he created this funny little one-page tribute that used Mr. Stick, so he earned a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award.  Thanks for always making me laugh, Patrick!  Mr. Stick resources:  http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My 7th graders were analyzing the epistolary story "Ordeal by Cheque," (http://corbettharrison.com/documents/OrdealbyCheque.pdf) and 8th grader Patrick was intrigued by my essential question still on the whiteboard: "Who is Tony Spagoni?" Without evening knowing the story, he created this funny little one-page tribute that used Mr. Stick, so he earned a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award. Thanks for always making me laugh, Patrick! Mr. Stick resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Anchor Charts - Cause and Effect

'How does the weather affect.' Cause and effect of weather. Here's a collaborative water cycle poster making activity and a weather cause and effect printable.

Start your writer's notebook routine strong by allowing reckless creativity, like a Serendipitous Superhero challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/SuperheroABCs.htm  This is a sample from 6th grader Ryan.

Start your writer's notebook routine strong by allowing reckless creativity…

7th grader--Dylan H.--earns a "Mr. Stick of the Week" for his entry about his Spring Break trip to Six Flags.

grader--Dylan H.--earns a "Mr. Stick of the Week" for his entry about his Spring Break trip to Six Flags.

6th grader Susy won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for taking her writer's notebook entry home and adding an illustration.  She will enjoy looking back at this page all year long.  Read about Mr. Stick in my classroom here:  http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

6th grader Susy won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award for taking her writer's notebook entry home and adding an illustration. She will enjoy looking back at this page all year long. Read about Mr. Stick in my classroom here: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Anchor chart for writing long off of post its

Complete anchor chart with whole class to give strategies to write long off one idea. Hang anchor chart in classroom for students to refer to in future writings.

7th grader Mackenzie won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this page from her Writer's Notebook.  Learn more about Mr. Stick at this page my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Mackenzie won a "Mr. Stick of the Week" award with this page from her Writer's Notebook. Learn more about Mr. Stick at this page my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

6th grader Aidan was determined to be the final sixth grade "Vocabulary Collector of the Week," and his final set of vocabulary words pretty much blew my socks off.  Check out my weekly vocabulary routine online: http://www.corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader Aidan was determined to be the final sixth grade "Vocabulary Collector of the Week," and his final set of vocabulary words pretty much blew my socks off. Check out my weekly vocabulary routine online: http://www.corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader Dontae wins a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award with this set of words from "The Eleventh Plague," which I think I recommended for him from the class library.  My vocabulary resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

6th grader Dontae wins a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award with this set of words from "The Eleventh Plague," which I think I recommended for him from the class library. My vocabulary resources: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

Wow, when you come across a page like this in a kid's writer's notebook, you can't NOT read what they've written.  This was a winning  entry for my 2013 annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook contest from a 7th grader, Hannah: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

Wow, when you come across a page like this in a kid's writer's notebook, you…

Our 8th graders have a special category in the "Mr. Stick of the Year" contest because of our three-day trip to San Francisco.  If they "Mr. Stick-ed" their best memories.  Sarah put a lot of work into this page.  I just love the idea of her finding this page 5 or 10 years from now and having that whole trip come back to her: This was an entry for my annual "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook challenge: http://corbettharrison.com/GT/MrStickoftheYear.htm

Our graders have a special category in the "Mr. Stick of the Year" contest…

My 6th and 7th graders all end the year reading Steinbeck. Here are 6th grader's--Jacqueline--four words from last week from "Travels with Charley," which won her a :Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award.  Jacqueline...come by and take up to five prizes from the extra credit prize bucket! Check out my vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

My 6th and 7th graders all end the year reading Steinbeck. Here are 6th grader's--Jacqueline--four words from last week from "Travels with Charley," which won her a :Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award. Jacqueline...come by and take up to five prizes from the extra credit prize bucket! Check out my vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

7th grader Rylee--finishing her self-chosen nonfiction book ("Six Days in October") this last week--used a SpongeBob theme for this week's worth of words. Vocabulary Collecting award received! My vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

7th grader Rylee--finishing her self-chosen nonfiction book ("Six Days in October") this last week--used a SpongeBob theme for this week's worth of words. Vocabulary Collecting award received! My vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

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