March 1, 2010

The book cover seemed to grab my chin and say, “Look at me.”  I love the adorable cartoonish dog with its tail wagging.  Patrick McDonnell has created a comic strip MUTTS that features dogs and cats.  I love the book, Wag!

Product DetailsI have had a great interest in finding books that appeal to boys.  This year has been an experiment in some ways.  As a literacy coach, I go to a first grade and fourth grade classroom weekly to read a new book.  Upon finding Wag!, I shared it first with the first graders.  They are an energetic bunch and with our sense of community, they are very open with their opinions.  So, when I received an overwhelming interaction throughout the read aloud, I realized the book was a prize to keep!  You see, some of the boys would rather look into space than read.  They don’t hate reading; they just have cars, games, and the outside on their minds – not books.

Wag! grabbed their attention, and the class was verbalizing their thoughts.  They gave me a final two thumbs up – high in the air – on this book.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Wag!:

  • Voice – Patrick McDonnell talks to the reader
  • Onomatopoeia – Fwip
  • Speech Bubbles
  • Drawing Conclusions – the reader is asked why the dog’s tail wags
  • Sentence Variety – with the short text, you can teach several structures within a sentence

March Freshness

March 1, 2010

sols2March freshness is upon me.  Today, I took a walk with my husband and daughter, a fresh spirited walk through sunshine.  I am ready to be done with winter, the bitter cold and grayish days.  I am ready to see sunshine and green grass, tulips and flowering bushes.  I am ready to be rejuvenated with the freshness of green this month will bring. Today I begin again. March freshness is upon me.