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Since it didn't really use a stickman (or stick woman), I could only award 8th grader--Mimi--an 'honorable mention' this year for this sequel to her prize-winning Barbie-themed page she made as a sweet and much more innocent 6th grader: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612665854241/  It's fascinating to me how their senses of humor become a bit racier as they mature.    I'll miss you next year, Mimi!  I truly will.

Since it didn't really use a stickman (or stick woman), I could only award 8th grader--Mimi--an 'honorable mention' this year for this sequel to her prize-winning Barbie-themed page she made as a sweet and much more innocent 6th grader: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612665854241/ It's fascinating to me how their senses of humor become a bit racier as they mature. I'll miss you next year, Mimi! I truly will.

This one deserves to be zoomed in on, so make sure you click the image and look at the details 7th grader Dylan added to create this "Mr. Stick of the Year" award-winning page!  Dylan created his own version of the board game Operation, using Mr. Stick and a lot of puns.  THANKS, Dylan--I will miss your creativity next year.  Learn more about Mr. Stick at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

This one deserves to be zoomed in on, so make sure you click the image and look…

Ideas for notebooking - and I LOVE the idea of calling it "notebooking" rather than writing journal - much less daunting a task. {photo only}

Stuff to catch in your writer's notebook - vocabulary words, writing definitions, dead word replacements, spelling list, etc. cute idea to give them a writing bingo of topics to choose from in their notebook

Anna--one of my 7th graders--takes home one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards for this two-page spread that honors the "Stick of the Century!"  I love the acceptance speech and Stick Taylor L.'s abs, Anna, and I will miss your creativity next year. My Mr. Stick resources, which inspire great notebook pages like this one, can be found online at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Anna--one of my 7th graders--takes home one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards for this two-page spread that honors the "Stick of the Century!" I love the acceptance speech and Stick Taylor L.'s abs, Anna, and I will miss your creativity next year. My Mr. Stick resources, which inspire great notebook pages like this one, can be found online at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

7th grader Ethan's TV show-inspired notebook page has won him a "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook award. There are actually SEVEN "TV show" panels that can be changed interactively to fit inside the TV screen frame he created, so you can change the channels with this notebook page! Use this link to see all seven panels: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669433006/

7th grader Ethan's TV show-inspired notebook page has won him a "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook award. There are actually SEVEN "TV show" panels that can be changed interactively to fit inside the TV screen frame he created, so you can change the channels with this notebook page! Use this link to see all seven panels: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669433006/

Check out this idea for planting seeds in a Writers' Notebook! It's a fun way to use a mentor text to realize that there are a lot of writing ideas that happen throughout a regular day.

Prior Pinner said: "Check out this idea for planting seeds in a Writers' Notebook! It's a fun way to use a mentor text to realize that there are a lot of writing ideas that happen throughout a regular day.

Here are all seven panels that Ethan designed for his interactive "TV page" in his writer's notebook.  Ultimately, he provided a world news channel, a nature channel, a commercial, a late-night comedy special, a commercial, a sports channel, a horror movie, and a scene from the "Stick Idol" talent competition. Want to see the images and be able to zoom in? Use this link: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669432992/

Here are all seven panels that Ethan designed for his interactive "TV page" in his writer's notebook. Ultimately, he provided a world news channel, a nature channel, a commercial, a late-night comedy special, a commercial, a sports channel, a horror movie, and a scene from the "Stick Idol" talent competition. Want to see the images and be able to zoom in? Use this link: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/450852612669432992/

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Each student makes their own to place in their writing folder! I absolutely love when teachers display their students' work

6th grader Donovan wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook awards with this illustrated, on-going story he's been working on.  It's written in pencil, so it's a bit hard to read, but you can zoom in if you click on the image!  THANKS, Donovan, for keeping such a wonderful, bacon-inspired writer's notebook all year.

6th grader Donovan wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" notebook awards with this illustrated, on-going story he's been working on. It's written in pencil, so it's a bit hard to read, but you can zoom in if you click on the image! THANKS, Donovan, for keeping such a wonderful, bacon-inspired writer's notebook all year.

I like to share teaching ideas, resources, and tips for the primary classroom with a splash of activities I try with my own children at home.

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Friendly letter song to the tune of "Incy Wincy Spider" or maybe you know it better as "Itsy Bitsy Spider" A great idea to remember the layout of a letter when teaching someone.

My wonderful 7th grader Mackenzie wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards with this charming little story about the diabolical thievery of the world's mustaches.  THANKS, Mackenzie...your creativity is amazing.  Check out my Mr. Stick resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

My wonderful 7th grader Mackenzie wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" writer's notebook awards with this charming little story about the diabolical thievery of the world's mustaches. THANKS, Mackenzie...your creativity is amazing. Check out my Mr. Stick resources at my website: http://corbettharrison.com/Mr_Stick.html

Wow!  6th grader Mimi blew me away with this two-page spread dedicated to Barbies that don't sell well. This totally deserved a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award.

grader Mimi blew me away with this two-page spread dedicated to Barbies that don't sell well. This totally deserved a "Mr. Stick of the Year" award.

Great chart of actions that show characters' feelings. #writing tips  (Sometimes we need an elementary school chart to bring us back to the basics)

writing, narrative writing, Good anchor chart for descriptions for feelings. Great to emphasize for narrative writing and making interesting word choices. Perfect for teaching Show, Not Tell.

6th grader Alisa went "decoration happy" with this rough draft of a rather dark story she's been working on!  I love that they want their notebooks to be visual like this.  It fascinates me when they decorate a rough draft (complete with its spelling errors) with such elaborate detail. My joke with Alisa: "If you put as much effort into checking your spelling as you do with creating those amazing title letters, you'd have a perfect piece of writing!"

6th grader Alisa went "decoration happy" with this rough draft of a rather dark story she's been working on! I love that they want their notebooks to be visual like this. It fascinates me when they decorate a rough draft (complete with its spelling errors) with such elaborate detail. My joke with Alisa: "If you put as much effort into checking your spelling as you do with creating those amazing title letters, you'd have a perfect piece of writing!"

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