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Welcome!

I’m so glad that you’re here. I’m Debbie Moeller. I’m a writer, teacher and small town Iowa girl. I’m also a mother, grandmother, and lover of children’s literature, both current and classic. This site is designed for teachers, parents and children. So look around. You can find all of my books and take a peek inside. You will find instructional lessons for teachers and parents that correspond with each of my titles, teaching tips, interesting animal facts, and activities for kids. Browse around. I hope you’ll come back soon.
Thank you for stopping by.
Debbie

 

MONTHLY TEACHING TIP

Book Introductions

Orienting emerging and developing readers to a new story is important. A good introduction helps the student be more successful and independent on the first reading.

It helps if you familiarize the student with the story. Discuss the pictures to give them a sense of the plot, and introduce any unusual vocabulary.

Sometimes the book's language may be more complex than the language used by the child. Explain and practice uncommon phrases of language that they may not have heard before.

EX: Off we go...
As the child becomes more competent the book introduction can be minimized. You can build up anticipation for the ending without revealing it, or you may have them preview the story and make predictions before independent reading.

The best introduction helps the child more easily read novel text, lets them independently problem solve the tricky parts with a fair amount of fluency.

Adapted from: Literacy Lesson I I, by Marie Clay

 

INCREDIBLE ANIMALS

MEXICAN FREE-TAILED BAT

Photo credit: UFWS/Ann Froschauer via WikimediaCommons

WOW! This tiny super-hero weighs only half an ounce, full grown! Its wingspan is just 12 inches. You could lay a ruler across from wingtip to wingtip. With its wings tucked in, an adult bat would fit in the palm of a hand.

Super-hero skills:

  • Climbs cave walls vertically!
  • Flies up to 60 miles per hour!
  • Stays in the air nearly all night catching and eating insects!

INCREDIBLE!