I taught kindergarten for 16 years and was a district k-1 strategist for 2. I have a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Dallas Baptist and a doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas. I am currently working for Dallas ISD as a prek instructional specialist.
I finally got the chance to purchase Deanna's penguin unit this weekend. What a great unit for incorporating the use of expository text and teaching children to write to inform. The "All About Penguin" book activity is a great way to introduce children to and give them practice in using the conventions of non-fiction texts. I also love her use of a schema chart from Debbie Miller's Teaching With Intention for charting new learning and misconceptions. As always, Deanna makes great use of thinking maps and graphic organizers in order to help students make connections and reinforce their learning. If you have not already purchased this unit, you should definitely do so!! Not only is it great for incorporating non-fiction reading into the classroom and teaching students how to write to inform, but the penguins make it so engaging and fun for young learners!!