StoryTown Resources

I love the Harcourt School Publishers’ StoryTown curriculum! I have enjoyed using it in my 3rd grade class during student teaching. It is full of  opportunities to expand upon the base curriculum. It is linked to core standards and provides ample opportunities to integrate Language Arts with other areas such as Social Studies and Science.

My cooperating teacher implemented using PowerPoint presentations with each lesson of this curriculum some time ago. The PowerPoints are excellent tools. They stimulate the visual learner and hold the attention of those who tend to be less attentive. I wanted to design a way to insure that my students were following along with the lesson at all times. I also wanted to hold the students accountable for answering QODs (Questions of the Day) that lead into each day’s lesson.

To accomplish this, I designed a Learning Log for Lesson 8 of the 3rd grade curriculum. It proved to be a success the very first day. The Learning Log accompanies five days of lessons. I will use it for an assessment totalling 100 points at the end of the lesson. It worked so well that I plan on designing similar Learning Logs for other lessons.

I have attached a copy of the Lesson 8 Learning Log (I hope it works!). I will post others as they are designed.


Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.
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John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

Are you a teacher?

What’s your name? Are you a teacher?”

I am several weeks into student teaching and I am still answering those questions in the hallways. The students in neighboring classrooms all want to know who this crazy lady is! The students in my 3rd grade class are excited to share, “That’s Mrs. Wilson. She is our intern!”

I am proud to be their intern. I have a classroom full of unique personalities, faces, and skill sets. The are all so very different. These little ones have one important thing in common. They are my students and I adore them. I desire the best for each of them. I delight when they have an “aha” moment. I comfort and encourage them through their educational struggles. I rejoice with them in their educational victories!

To answer the questions:

I am Mrs. Wilson. Yes, I am a teacher.

*I created this blog to chronicle my journey into the world of professional educators. I also hope to use this blog as a parental communication tool when I have my own class. I will be adding links for lesson plans and activity ideas. Check the blog for new links!