Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 5 – Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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Friends: Wednesday, December 12, was my last day at Bissonnet Plaza Elementary. It was a weeklong residency and I had an amazing time. My first class was Ms. Roos’ first grade class. I shared my book, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, and they made the cute T-Rex Mardi Gras masks. Adorable! My next class was Ms. Finley’s […] Read More

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Bissonet Plaza Elementary Artist Residency Day 4 – December 10, 2012

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Friends: Today was my fourth day at Bissonnet Plaza Elementary. My first visit was actually an assembly program for pre-K and kindergarten classes. It was held in the cafeteria and the students and I had so much fun. I performed Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, Dinosaur Mardi Gras, and “Bandana Man.” The little […] Read More

Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 3 – Monday, December 10, 2012

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Friends:   On Monday, my first class was Ms. Duhe’s first grade class. I was right in the middle of telling my story, Beware, Beware of the Big Bad Bear, When the fire alarm went off. We all had to evacuate the classroom. Fortunately, it was only a drill so we were all able to […] Read More

Giraffella and Sharkie by Fourth Grade Students at Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Friday, December 7, 2012

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  Note from Dianne: This story was created in Ms. Morrow’s fourth grade class. The studnts worked in groups and were given the characters of a giraffe and a shark. They were also given a situation, which was “Trapped in a Tower.” This is what they did with the story. So cute!   Giraffella and […] Read More

Bissonet Plaza Elementary Residency Day 2 – Friday, December 7, 2012

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  Friends:   On Friday, I visited Bissonnet Plaza Elementary School for the second day of my artist residency. I visit the school every year and I just love it. My first class was Ms. Mora’s fourth grade students. Using my upcoming book, The Little “Read” Hen, I teach them the elements of writing from […] Read More

“The Hyena and the Ant” by 4th Grade Students from Bissonet Plaza Elementary – Wednesday, December 6, 2012

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  Note from Dianne: The following story was created by the authors and illustrators listed below from Ms. Morrow’s fourth grade class at Bissonet Plaza Elementary School in Metairie, Louisiana, where I do an artist residency every year. This year, we are focusing on writing.   “The Hyena and the Ant”   By Jasmin and […] Read More

Bissonet Plaza Elementary 2012 Residency Day 1 – Wednesday, December 6, 2012

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  Friends:   Today was the first day of my annual artist residency visit to Bissonnet Plaza Elementary school. I will be at the school for five days, teaching the steps of writing to third through fifth grades, and sharing stories and a craft with the lower grades. My first visit was to Ms. Morrow’s […] Read More

Craft: Picture Book Month Owl – Friday, November 16, 2012

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  MAKE HOOTIE, THE PICTURE BOOK MONTH OWL Supplies: 1 4-inch paper roll Markers Crayons   Directions: Push down one side of the top of the roll. Then push the other side of the top of the roll, creating owl “ears.” Look at the Picture Book Month owl on the website http://www.picturebookmonth.com. Draw the features […] Read More

Tangram Tales at the St. Bernard Parish Library – Saturday, November 10, 2012

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Friends: Last Saturday, I was at the St. Bernard Parish library performing my Tangram Tales family workshop. It was so much fun working with the grown-ups and the kids, teaching them how to use tangrams. I taught them how to make their own tangram set, how to format the pictures with the Tangram shapes, and […] Read More