April Pulley Sayre
South Bend, IN USA
SCHOOL VISITS: Pre-K - 8
Talks celebrate sound, nonfiction voice, and exploring wild nature. An energetic powerpoint includes manuscript stages, rain forest sounds, and video from wildlife adventures that inspired books. Students learn about delicious words, the varieties of nonfiction voice, and the shape of great nonfiction. Advanced students dip into topics such as revision, sensory detail, and constructing metaphors to convey scale. The program packs in a lot of science content. In depth workshops for longer residencies available. Talks tailored for each age.
Year(s) of participation: 2013
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
MOHAWK TRAILS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Carmel, IN USA
APRIL CELEBRATES EARTH DAY AT MOHAWK TRAILS
The local weekly newspaper Current in Carmel covered my event. The kids did research for the program and wrote persuasive letters and did TV presentations. And totally whooped with joy when it was read out that the money would go: Rainforest Conservation Fund. It won by a big margin. When my husband and I visited the Peruvian Amazon we heard from a lot of people about what that organization was doing to protect the forest near where we were staying. So that's why we love their small, lean, targeted programs. The thank you letter RCF sent us had specific actions for the donation ...so cool! The kids read excerpts of it on their morning school-wide TV show.
Incidentally, this school has gone paperless and did all the voting via Google docs... innovative! The librarian also did a little video about how this tied in perfectly with the Common Core.