MLK Day 2019

We can a learn a lot about perseverance from Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 21st we observe his birthday and honor all of his accomplishments. Listen to Kid President’s video on how King taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be.

Remember, things don’t always have to be they are. We can change them! Kids can change them.

Let’s use a creative form of poetry, Blackout Poetry, to share our own message of hope and perseverance with MLK: An American Leader.  For homework, post your poem to this blog.


  • Post your poem to this blog.
  • Here is a Martin Luther King, Jr. Internet scavenger hunt. Information is from the official U.S. Government website on Martin Luther King, Jr.

Diamante Poem

Let’s enjoy some creative writing.  A diamante poems is an unrhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. “Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond, so this poetic form is named for this diamond shape.

A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:

Line 1: Beginning subject
Line 2: Two describing words about line 1
Line 3: Three doing words about line 1
Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7
Line 5: Three doing words about line 7
Line 6: Two describing words about line 7
Line 7: End subject

An example of a diamante poem

Shiny, quiet,
Pedaling, spinning, weaving
Whizzing round corners, zooming along roads
Racing, roaring, speeding
Fast, loud,

Read Write Think is a great resource to help you develop your diamante poem.

Challenge – Go to Mrs. McBride’s website to find out more about the Snowflake Challenge.

The Paper Bag Challenge

Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Everyone is out looking for great deals on holiday presents.  Don’t fall into this shopping craze. Use some imagination and creativity with Mrs. McBride’s monthly challenge, The Paper Bag Challenge. Save money and the environment!  All entries are due Monday, December 17th.

Please visit The Paper Bag Challenge blog post for additional information, ideas and resources.

Time to Struggle

It is our job as teachers to give you time to grapple with problems and make your brains work – Cultivating a Growth Mindset. Sometime in life, people have no choice.  Their whole lives can be a struggle.  These inspirational stories are more about physical struggles but deliver the same message about not giving up!

When things in school or out are difficult, what will you do? Who will you turn to? How will you shift your energy on the Mood Meter?

Halloween Week 2018

It’s Halloween week! Let’s have a sweet time solving tricky problems. You need to get rid of the rotten pumpkins but don’t wreck the good ones that are still edible.  Good luck!pumpkinremover

Extra Time?

Why I Write!

The National Day on Writing (October 20), an initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English, is built on the premise that writing is critical to literacy but needs greater attention and celebration.

For ten years, hundreds of thousands of people share their writing and engage in activities around the theme of #WhyIWrite.

Today, we will write for entertainment!

  1.  Use wordless books to create a story.
  2. Emoji Prompts to generate stories.
  3. Story Dice  is a free app with dice that feature pictures create your story.
  4. Writing Sparks use this website for timed stories online.
  5. Choose one or more activities from the poster and make it happen.
  6. Write your story to Chalk by Bill Thompson.