• Flying Off of the Shelves

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 4/17/2017

    Most recently, I had to create "requirements" for specific books to be checked out. Why? Because these books are so popular, yet create so much havoc in the media center. Students come in and go straight to "F PIL" or "F KIN" or "F RUS". When they realize the shelf has been wiped clean of Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and/or Dork Diaries, pure chaos erupts! Ok, maybe not chaos, but perhaps a small tantrum, which includes some whining and begging.


    In order to give students an ample opportunity to read these books, I have had to set checkout limitations, as I want all students to have a chance to read these popular titles! Accordingly, if you didn't know, now you know...



    Dan Pilkey (Captain Underpants)

    Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid)

    Rachell Renee Russell (Dork Diaries)


    captain   diary of   Dork

    You Rock! Thanks for Making Our Children Want to Read!

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  • Reading as a Punishment??

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 4/14/2017 3:00:00 PM


    Bored Reading

    When I was younger, I can remember going to my mom and saying, "I'm bored". My mother's response would be, "Go read a book". And just let me say that these words were not spouted in a "June Clever tone". As time went on, I also encountered teachers who would keep students inside from recess as a punishment. While inside, these students were made to read a book. Even later, in my high school years, I had teachers that would get mad with the entire class and say, "Ok, everyone open your books to pages 55-95 and READ!" (Insert a look of "ahh man"). As a result, reading became more like a task rather than a treat.


    I was perusing the internet the other day, and I came across an article about imposing reading as a punishment. After some thought, I wondered if there were times when making one read was a good thing. Either way, I feel like parents, teachers, administrators etc. should be mindful of including reading in punishment. Reading should be inviting and relaxing, not scary and stressful. Right?


    I have attached an article that I believe is interesting. Feel free to comment with your own opinions.


    You Did the Crime, Now Do the Time! Now Read!


    Judge Sentences Youth to Read!

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  • Too Many Tamales

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 4/10/2017 12:00:00 PM



    Last year, I came across the book called, "Too Many Tamales". I was preparing to read to a third grade class of students, and I wanted something that spoke of family and culture, not to mention a "lesson learned". Too Many Tamales provided all of those things. Before reading, we discussed traditions and past-times. I allowed students to discuss what their families do for holidays and other special days. 


    In the book, Maria, a child and the main character, has her eyes set on a beautiful ring of her mother's. After trying on the ring, Maria loses it. In the middle of a family function, Maria is forced to search for the ring, hoping to find it before her mother realizes it is missing. Maria goes through great lengths to find the ring, even enlisting other young family members, praying they would keep her secret. The reader is thrusted into feelings of anticipation and shock. The author Gary Soto has written the book in a way that anyone, child to adult, can relate to the events that take place. It is a great read and a must read!


    Too Many Tamales

    By: Gary Soto

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  • Great Read: What Research Tells Us About Reading, Comprehension, and Comprehension Instruction

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 4/6/2017 12:00:00 PM
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  • Great Read Aloud: The Recess Queen

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 4/3/2017 12:00:00 PM

    Recess Queen



    Recess Queen (Mean Jean)! By: Alexis O'Neill



    One of the most delightful, realistic, lesson-teaching books ever, this book was fun and easy to read. "Mean Jean" is the school recess bully. She taunts anyone who gets in her way on the playground--but one day, Jean meets her match. The "new girl" arrives and changes the dynamics of everything recess related. The "new girl" is a true foil character. 



    This story is interesting and keeps the reader anticipating the next move for the two main characters. It is a must read for K-5 readers!


    Recess Queen

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  • The Digital Age: Online Student Intervention Tools

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 3/29/2017 3:00:00 PM

    read theory           Read Theory Link


    In the last few months, I volunteered to work with students who need a little extra help with reading comprehension. Because of this, I have been researching online tools that could help with our twice a week sessions. Eventually, I came across "Read Theory". This program appears to be of great use, especially for reading comprehension. While I have yet to become fully familiar with the program, I believe it will come in handy. Read Theory offers the following:


    1. FREE access!

    2. Teacher/Coordinator Control

    3. Ability to add or delete students

    4. Data reports 

    5. Diagnostic and comprehension quizzes


    **I am sure there is more**


    You can't lose! It's a free program that only requires "signup"!

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  • Link Madness!

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 3/24/2017 3:00:00 PM

    Below is a list of online sites that could be useful in the classroom. Enjoy!


    Story Time


    Storyline Online

    Star Fall

    Children's Library

    Oxford Owl


    ABC YA!

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  • Historical Fiction--Too Real for Me: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 3/20/2017 7:00:00 AM

    The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

    By: John Boyne


    When trying to teach lessons based on the events of the Holocaust, many teachers may find it difficult to get their students to relate. Often, children of today can be out of touch and insensitive to events they have never experienced or cannot even fathom experiencing. Over the years, I used The Boy in the Striped Pajamas to help deliver my point. I accompanied this with the movie for emphasis. This story is one of friendship between two children who know nothing about bias or prejudice; they simply want to play. However, it is this very act that puts both of them in a situation neither of them can escape. The message hits home hard! This story is thought-provoking and heart-wrenching! Students in grades 5th-12th will learn a great lesson from it.


    Boy in Striped

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  • Reminiscing

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 3/16/2017 3:00:00 PM

    This week after completing an assignment, I was reminded of a short story that I love and enjoy reading. Although this story causes my heart to ache every time I read it, it is the meaning and moral of the story that draws me in every time. The Scarlet Ibis is about family; it is about sibling relationships; it is about love, and it teaches many lessons but mostly the lesson of kindness and consideration. The Scarlet Ibis is a great story for students in grades 4th-12th. Adults will find it quite enjoyable too!


    The Scarlet Ibis

    By: James Hurst


    Scarlet Ibis

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  • News Worthy!

    Posted by Marlana Harris on 3/2/2017 12:00:00 PM



    Today, Garrett Elementary was featured in the local newspaper! It is always enlightening to see our name in the news for great works! Goooooo Eagles!


    Read Across America Week Article

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