Flash Slices

I am so impressed with your writing! Writing slices about ourselves has been fun and interesting. This week, we will continue writing narrative nonfiction but with a twist. You need to tell an entire story of your life in 35-60 words. Be brief. Be clear. Every single word is necessary and important, so don’t waste your words!

This challenge is hard for me because I feel like I need lots of words to convey my message. Let’s see if I can do it. Here’s one about losing my dog, Leo and getting Bella…

Empty house without Leo. Quiet. Clean. Sad. Lonely. I need a dog. My new dog won’t be Leo. I worry. After weeks of looking, there she is. Belle. I think I’ll call her Bella. My new friend. My companion, looking after me, since Leo left.


Please finish research!

Can you believe we won’t have school at all this week? I hope you all are staying warm and reading lots of books!  Please make sure your research article and your citation page are both complete. These will be graded for second quarter. If you have any questions about this, comment here and I’ll answer your questions.


Enjoy your time off! I’d love to see more blog posts written. What are you doing?


Here’s are some fun videos of Leo. Yesterday was my birthday and my friends got me balloons. Leo is afraid…here are a couple of  videos of him seeing the balloons and barking at them. He will be blogging about it soon.

Slice #30 Collecting Joy

In my living room, I have a jar that’s labeled Joy Jar. 

It’s a place where I collect memories that are happy and joyful. This is the first year that I’m doing this and I confess…sometimes I forget to write down the moment or the memory and put it in the jar. I wish I could say this was my idea, but it isn’t. I found it on the blog of one of my favorite writers, Elizabeth Gilbert. I’m thinking about that jar right now because I have lots put into the jar today. I spent the day with one of my very best friends. We spent the whole afternoon together. She’s one of those friends that I may not see for a few weeks, but when we do see each other, we pick up where we left off. She and I were roommates for a couple of years a long time ago. We always, always, always laugh together. I feel more myself when I’m with her and after I spend a day with her. Once our afternoon ended, I did some shopping and found some cute sunglasses and came home and spoiled Leo with some specialty doggie treats. What a great day! Tell me about your best friend!

Slice #22 Zone Day!

My favorite day of the school year is here…Zone Day! I can’t wait. It’s the final day of the quarter and we celebrate it with reading. How wonderful that we use reading as a celebration! Students may wear jammies and bring in anything they want to read. We spread out in the classroom and settle in and read. Such a contrast to the hectic end of quarter, scurrying around for grades. I’ve been saving books all week. Can’t wait to settle in and get into the zone.

What will you bring to the zone today?