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March Madness with Books Part 1

By: Mary Kienstra on: March 26, 2015  in: creating, Engagement, reading

March Madness with books – it doesn’t get any better than this!  If you are wondering what student engagement looks like in reading class, stop by my classroom while my students are working on their book commercials.  They are trying to persuade their classmates to vote for their favorite book, the book they nominated for the […] Read more


Bring The Phantom Tollbooth to Life

By: Mary Kienstra on: July 1, 2014  in: characters, Engagement, reading, setting

My goal this year was to make learning come to life for my students.  After reading The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster my students became the characters in the novel.  If you’ve read this wonderful fantasy novel, you remember that Milo goes on a journey and meets many characters along the way.  He learns something important […] Read more