Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Discovering Dogs!



Many schools choose to use my Discover Dogs with the American Canine Association series for nonfiction writing exercises across various grade levels. Six new breeds were ready for sharing this spring and readers can look forward to six more coming in the fall. 








 Some created original dogs of their own! Aren't these simple, yet adorable?


Others wrote using the following template:
I like _________________ because ________________.
I love how they all chose different animals and drew beautiful illustrations to enhance the text. Yay!



 Some of the older students stuck with the dog theme by writing a bit longer nonfiction text about "Our Favorite Dogs" and added a cutout.


While these books are for some of the youngest readers, grades 
K–2, nonfiction writing exercises can be created for all grade levels. All great ways to connects students with nonfiction!


Linda Bozzo has published more than 50 nonfiction books for the school and library markets. For more information about Linda and her books, you can visit her website.


Copyright 2017 Linda Bozzo

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Limericks to Improve Writing Skills


As I visit students throughout the school year I like to take photos and collect the various ways teachers are using my books to improve the writing skills of their students. It always amazes me how each school does something unique. At the end of the school year I like to share many of the writing activities so others can use them as well. 

Limericks
Writing limericks can be a challenge. I know because I wrote hundreds of limericks and the publisher chose the best ones to include in each of my joke books. 
Students modeled limericks in my joke books and wrote and illustrated their own limericks using the following simple format: 

A limerick is a funny, rhyming poem that is five lines long. Lines 1, 2, and 5 rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 are usually shorter and rhyme with each other.
It's easy to write a limerick of your own. First, brainstorm some rhyming words. Write them down on a piece of paper. Example: France, dance, pants, ants, true, knew, too, blue. Next, number lines on a piece of paper from 1 to 5. Write lines 1 and 2 so that the last word in line 2 rhymes with the last word in line 1.
Example:
1. There once was a man from France.
2. His friends thought he liked to dance.

Then write lines 3 and 4 so that the last word in line 4 rhymes with the last word in line 3.
Example:
3. But that was not true
4. And what no one knew

Finally, write line 5 so the last word rhymes with lines 1 and 2.
Example:
5. Was he really had ants in his pants.

Includes step-by-step instructions on how to write your own knock-knock jokes.
Includes instructions on how to make your own funny valentine using the jokes and limericks from the book.

Includes simple instructions on how to write your own limericks.

If you've used limericks with your students feel free to share your lessons here. I'd be happy to add them to my list.









Linda Bozzo has published more than 50 nonfiction books for the school and library markets. For more information about Linda and her books, you can visit her website.

Copyright 2017 Linda Bozzo


Monday, May 29, 2017

Authors for Earth Day

Last week I participated in my first Authors for Earth Day school visit. In case you're not familiar with Authors for Earth Day (A4ED) it's a grassroots coalition of award-winning children's authors and illustrators who directly mentor young readers by giving them "an authentic research project with real-world impact." So you can understand why, when Lindenwold School #4 chose me as their visiting author, I was so excited to participate.


Students started months in advance by selecting five non-profit conservation organizations. In preparation for my visit they researched the organizations and created this great bulletin board.  



As a nonfiction author I talk extensively about the research that goes into writing my nonfiction books. This made it easy to tie in the research the student's had done on each of the five organizations. 

Students in grades K–4 created beautiful artwork and displays throughout the school. Individual classrooms added additional projects relating to many of my books. I always find it exciting to see how my books are being used in classrooms.


I used this opportunity to introduce one of my new books, When Dolphins Mourn, coming out this August. We talked about the importance of protecting dolphins and their environment so they can survive into the future.Students learned that dolphins' greatest threats come from humans and how we can make their waters a safe place for them to live. I discussed  how to keep their environment clean from pollutants like garbage and chemicals that can harm dolphins. It was the perfect topic for my Earth Day visit. 

Paperback ISBN: 0766088634     Library Binding ISBN: 0766086151     Grades 2–5
During lunch, with a select group of students, we went around the table and discussed which organization each of them voted for and most importantly why they chose that particular organization. What I learned was that they really did their research. They were able to tell me about each of the organizations and they all had good reasons as to why they chose the one they did. I was impressed!

At the end of the day, their fabulous librarian announced which organization received the most votes. You can imagine how thrilled I was when I found out that the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, New Jersey was the winner, by a landslide! So, on behalf of the students at Lindenwold School #4, I'll be donating $450 to this great organization located right here in New Jersey.

If you are interested in hosting an Authors for Earth Day visit you can find out how it works, funding suggestions, and tips and tools here.



If you're interested in having me at your school for an Authors for Earth Day visit, you can contact me through my website


Linda Bozzo has written more than 60 nonfiction books for the school and library markets. For more information about Linda and her books, you can visit her web site.

Copyright 2017 Linda Bozzo

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Why Wait?

Here's a curious question that I thought of while watching the influx of people working out at the gym the other day:


Why do we have to wait until the New Year to start something new or change an old habit? The answer is we don't. As usual the gym was packed the day after New Years with people I had never seen before or people I hadn't seen in a long while.



I know we all get busy during the holidays but where were these people in November? October? or even September? Want to commit to trying something new? Want to change an old habit or create a new one? Don't wait. Start now. You'll get to your goal sooner. Get a jump on all those people waiting for the New Year. You can make a list of intentions any time. You can start your journey to kick on old habit any day of the week. If you consistently create goals or intentions in the New Year than go ahead and continue to do so. But if it's February and you haven't created a list yet, don't procrastinate.

 Start in February. Maybe during the summer months you have more time on your hands. If that's the case, then commit to writing your list of intentions over the summer Do whatever works best for you but one thing I know . . . waiting will get you nowhere.Not having deadlines will get you nowhere.



So set a deadline for starting to chase your dreams now!