I've asked a few of my colleagues to serve as All-en-a-Day's Work "guest bloggers." Mimi Brown is my first guest. Mimi is a dear friend who works as a literacy coach in Issaquah, Washington. I've know Mimi for a quite some time. Mimi is passionate about her work and many of our conversations center around the work she is doing in her position as a literacy coach... of course, our conversations are peppered with laughter. She's a good friend and I'm pleased she agreed to write a guest post... Enjoy!
Here are some of my favorite things about winter:
- The song, "Baby It's Cold Outside" (Ahh, old-fashioned love songs)
- Snow Days (I'll take the make-up days in June)
- Wearing turtlenecks and scarves (Layers are my friend)
- Watching it snow (And then melt soon after... After all, I live in Washington State)
I recently procured a new winter favorite to add to my list... Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Aillaud.
I first purchased the book thinking it would be a good anchor text to demonstrate differing schema, but I haven't used it for that purpose yet. I grabbed it on a day when we had surprise snow flurries.
Later in the week, I took the book into a fourth grade classroom that was immersed in a unit on Asking Questions. The length of daylight hours mentioned in the text fascinated the students. The thought of needing flashlights to go out to recess created a firestorm of wonderings.
I can't wait to take it to Kindergarten this week. I'm sure we'll be able to compare and contrast our temperate Northwestern recesses to those in the frozen Alaskan north!
As I continue to think about the ways to use this book, my friend Patrick comes to mind. Patrick, you need this book for your photo essay collection... it's a perfect addition to a study.
I love finding books that are "chameleons," books that lend themselves to so many arenas!
Warm winter reading wishes,
Elementary LIteracy Coach