Sunday, March 2, 2014

Notebooks Resource Edition #1: With Teacher Jamie Palmer

For today's post, I invited fourth grade teacher extraordinaire, Jamie Palmer, to share some of her favorite books for teaching students about writers' notebooks as well as books that she uses as inspiration for her teaching with notebooks.  Thank you, Jamie, for this rich list of resources!
- Amy LV

Books to Inspire and Start Writers' Notebooks With Students

Picture Books

To Share With Parents

To Add a Little Creativity

Teacher Inspiration

Notebook Know-How

10 Things Every Writer Needs to Know

But...the Number One Thing...

...that gets kids to buy into keeping notebooks and cherishing them is to share my notebooks - from 5th grade through when I've been a teacher - and how I love them. Just yesterday, some high school seniors told me that they still have their notebooks and all the books we wrote together. 

The community is key and the teacher as a model is the number one resource!

 Jamie Palmer currently learns and teaches with fourth graders at Schlegel Road Elementary in the Webster Central School District north of Rochester, NY. She has also taught 3rd and 5th grades as well as being an Enrichment Specialist. Buying notebooks is something Jamie looks forward to each school year or really whenever she sees one that she can't pass up! Sparking the love of books and notebooks with her students remains at the forefront of building her classroom communities' reading and writing lives.

In honor of Jamie's generous sharing, I will give away one book from this list (yet to be determined) to one commenter on this post.  Please leave your comment by Sunday, March 16 to have your name entered into the drawing.

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  1. Yes, Jamie IS teacher extraordinaire. She is my "go-to" person when I want to have a book recommendation! Nice selection of books--some new and some well-loved.

  2. Thank you for sharing your resources. Some new ones for me that I will have to check out.

  3. Saved this post to Pocket right away. What a fantastic list of books. Adding a bunch to my Wish List right now. Thank you for sharing!

  4. This is an awesome list that I am sharing with my colleagues. It includes a couple of my faves--the Fletcher book and the Janeczko book, plus Cronin's "Diaries" :)

  5. Beautiful list of resources. I have quite a few, but have noted others I don't know. Thanks very much! Will be sharing!


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