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AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS...8th grader Jacie must have spent hours polishing this entry for our annual "Mr Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest.  Jacie is reflecting on her school year here, and she is paying tribute to me and the other four teachers on our team who have loved having her as our student. I will make sure her other teachers end up with a color copy of this beautiful page from a beautiful writer and a beautiful thinker.  Thanks, Jacie.  We will miss you too.  :-)

AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS...8th grader Jacie must have spent hours polishing this entry for our annual "Mr Stick of the Year" writer's notebook contest. Jacie is reflecting on her school year here, and she is paying tribute to me and the other four teachers on our team who have loved having her as our student. I will make sure her other teachers end up with a color copy of this beautiful page from a beautiful writer and a beautiful thinker. Thanks, Jacie. We will miss you too. :-)

8th grader Audrey scores a "Vocabulary Collecting" Award with this set of words, all inspired by our class non-fiction: "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl."  Check out my vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

8th grader Audrey scores a "Vocabulary Collecting" Award with this set of words, all inspired by our class non-fiction: "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl." Check out my vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

7th grader Nico wrote the original tri-ku (three haikus) in honor of my iPhone's "Duck of Death" call, which brings sacred writing time to a close.

grader Nico wrote the original tri-ku (three haikus) in honor of my iPhone's "Duck of Death" call, which brings sacred writing time to a close.

Pass the Paper Plate Grammar Game: Write the word "noun" in the middle of the plate and have your child write words that are nouns: person, place, thing or an animal around the word. Of course this can be done with adjective, verb, pronoun, adverb and so on.

Pass the Paper Plate Grammar Game: Write the word "noun" in the middle of the plate and have your child write words that are nouns: person, place, thing or an animal around the word. Of course this can be done with adjective, verb, pronoun, adverb and so on.

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

Alpha-Genres!  A perfect writer's notebook lesson to begin the year with...sets them up for lots of writing topics.

Great writing site with wonderful writer's notebook ideas. Alpha genres for beginning of the year. Use to find ideas in later writing workshops.

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 8th grader--Bill--who learned my routine two years ago is already off and running with this year's…

4 "published" vocab words a week, self-selected from independent novels or assigned novels.10 different writing activities to choose from, but 4 different ones must be used each week. That's my vocab routine, and we just started year 5 with it in my classroom. Here's a PPT that explains the expectations: http://corbettharrison.com/documents/VOCAB/!Introduction-to-Vocabulary-Collecting.pptx 8th grader--Bill--who learned my routine two years ago is already off and running with this year's…

My 7th graders all end the year reading & comparing two Steinbeck novellas. Rylee--seventh grade-- shares four of her eight words from last week that came from "The Red Pony," which won her a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award.  Rylee...come by and take up to five prizes from the extra credit prize bucket! Check out my free-to-access vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

My 7th graders all end the year reading & comparing two Steinbeck novellas. Rylee--seventh grade-- shares four of her eight words from last week that came from "The Red Pony," which won her a "Vocabulary Collector of the Week" award. Rylee...come by and take up to five prizes from the extra credit prize bucket! Check out my free-to-access vocabulary resources online: http://corbettharrison.com/Vocabulary.htm

Interactive Student Notebooks--so many GREAT ideas here! ... from Adventures of a 6th Grade Teacher (blog)

"This site includes interactive notebooks for Language Arts and I really like the "word wall" in the notebook Adventures of a Grade Teacher: Interactive Student Notebook." I love interactive notebooks!

7th Grade winner

or Interactive Notebook Pages! If you teach them a few "pop-up book" tricks, you can receive some fun stuff from your writers, like grader Nico did here. Here is a brief video to show you how this page is interactive: corbettharrison.

6th grader Susy wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" awards with this entry she's been working on during the last month of school.  Susy says, "Read the right-hand page first."  I love that she is remembering the school year through music.  THANKS, SUSY!

grader Susy wins one of my ten "Mr. Stick of the Year" awards with this entry she's been working on during the last month of school. Susy says, "Read the right-hand page first." I love that she is remembering the school year through music. THANKS, SUSY!

I have two sets of twins: a 6th grade duo and a 7th grade duo.  It must have been "Twin Week" for the Mr. Stick Contest, because one half of each set won the award.  Here, sixth grader Alisa was inspired by Ralph Fletcher's books to write this poem.  Alisa struggles with spelling (when writing as fast as she does in her notebook), and this page was a pretty good accomplishment for her..only a few errors with some of the more challenging words.  Good work!

I have two sets of twins: a 6th grade duo and a 7th grade duo. It must have been "Twin Week" for the Mr. Stick Contest, because one half of each set won the award. Here, sixth grader Alisa was inspired by Ralph Fletcher's books to write this poem. Alisa struggles with spelling (when writing as fast as she does in her notebook), and this page was a pretty good accomplishment for her..only a few errors with some of the more challenging words. Good work!

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…

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

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