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Heather Montgomery Author Visit Kit

Grades

PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

Nonfiction author Heather L. Montgomery uses yuck appeal to engage young minds and provoke wild discoveries. During a typical school visit, petrified parts and tree guts inspire reluctant writers and encourage scientific thinking. Heather has a B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Environmental Education, and awards for her educational programs. When she is not writing, she can be found knee-deep in a creek catching bugs. Heather lives on the Tennessee/Alabama border. Learn more about her nonfiction at www.HeatherLMontgomery.com.

Description of the Author’s Presentation

Correlated to the Common Core State Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards and Alabama Course of Study

Burp and Slurp: Write it RIGHT! Right?
Grades 3–8

Do you have students who can't get started writing? Students who hate revision? Tracing Heather's nine year process to publish a picture book, they'll learn that first drafts are vomit on the page. Writing it "wrong" is all a part of the process. Then they will play with voice, build their confidence, and actually have fun with revision.

Mysteries & Methods
Grades 4–8

Science detectives track down answers to nature's mysteries -- poop-shooting caterpillars, freaky frogs, brain-slurping bugs -- or at least they try. Students "get" the scientific method as they engage in a mystery themselves. They pose questions, make hypotheses, examine experiments, analyze data, experience surprise!

Wild About Research!
Grades 4–8

Presented with wacky animals and stories of hands-on research — in the form of a snake dissection — students discover the fun side of research. They get their hands on nature artifacts and develop their own research questions. (Limited to 100 students.)

Wild Discoveries!
Grades 2–8

Hot pink millipedes, slime-shooting worms, see-through frogs... glimpsing into scientists' journal entries, students make their own wild discoveries through careful observation and descriptive writing!

Asking Questions; Seeking Answers
Grades PreK-–3

Faced with bizarre bugs and anomalies from nature, students practice their observation and thinking skills. This fast-paced session will have them buzzing with questions. Curiosities will soar!

Write Like a Scientist
Grades 2–5

How does a scientist think? How do they discover information? What kinds of questions do they ask? Do they write too? Students will trace the development of an article for Highlights for Children, inquire about the science and discover the parallels with the writing process.

Dirt Detectives
Grades 2–4

Inspired by the detective aspect of science, students will get their hands dirty observing, comparing and contrasting soil samples. They will practice using precise language and domain-specific vocabulary. Discovering the mineral components, they will thrill at making face paint from soil!

Conference and Festival Appearances

Heather enjoys presenting to the general public, teachers, librarians or other writers. Any of the school presentations can be adapted for a general audience at festivals.

A Wild Discovery: From Reluctant to Ready Readers, Writers and Researchers
50 minutes
Elementary and Middle School Educators


Web-shooting worms, bomb-dropping sea life, leeches up the nose? Nonfiction author Heather Montgomery shares strategies and informational texts that capitalize on the wackiness of nature to hook the reluctant. Turn on their curiosity, expand their passion for inquiry, and set them loose into the land of discovery!

Breaking the Boundaries: New Voices, Formats and Approaches to Nonfiction
50 minutes
Librarians, Educators, Nonfiction Writers


From outrageous illustrations to irreverent voices, today’s boundary-pushing books are chipping away at the confining walls of humdrum nonfiction. Examine how nonfiction is breaking boundaries, compare and contrast texts on the same topic, and explore how authorial voices are coming into their own. Plus, practice engaging exercises for your students!  

Reading, Writing and the Environment
1–6 hours
Elementary Educators


Learn hands-on activities that incorporate literacy into science curriculum!  Nature journaling, word sorts, metaphor madness, fold-a-poem, sound maps, … During this workshop, attendees practice strategies that improve students’ reading and writing skills while challenging their scientific thinking. Learn to launch inquiry-based science activities with recommended picture books.

Other workshops available upon request.

Conferences, Professional Developments & Festivals

Heather enjoys presenting to the general public, teachers, librarians or other writers. Any of the school presentations can be adapted for a general audience at festivals.

A Wild Discovery: From Reluctant to Ready Readers, Writers and Researchers
50 minutes
Elementary and Middle School Educators


Web-shooting worms, bomb-dropping sea life, leeches up the nose? Nonfiction author Heather Montgomery shares strategies and informational texts that capitalize on the wackiness of nature to hook the reluctant. Turn on their curiosity, expand their passion for inquiry, and set them loose into the land of discovery!

Breaking the Boundaries: New Voices, Formats and Approaches to Nonfiction
50 minutes
Librarians, Educators, Nonfiction Writers


From outrageous illustrations to irreverent voices, today’s boundary-pushing books are chipping away at the confining walls of humdrum nonfiction. Examine how nonfiction is breaking boundaries, compare and contrast texts on the same topic, and explore how authorial voices are coming into their own. Plus, practice engaging exercises for your students!  

Reading, Writing and the Environment
1–6 hours
Elementary Educators


Learn hands-on activities that incorporate literacy into science curriculum!  Nature journaling, word sorts, metaphor madness, fold-a-poem, sound maps, … During this workshop, attendees practice strategies that improve students’ reading and writing skills while challenging their scientific thinking. Learn to launch inquiry-based science activities with recommended picture books.

Other workshops available upon request.

Conferences, Professional Developments & Festivals

Heather enjoys presenting to the general public, teachers, librarians or other writers. Any of the school presentations can be adapted for a general audience at festivals.

A Wild Discovery: From Reluctant to Ready Readers, Writers and Researchers
50 minutes
Elementary and Middle School Educators


Web-shooting worms, bomb-dropping sea life, leeches up the nose? Nonfiction author Heather Montgomery shares strategies and informational texts that capitalize on the wackiness of nature to hook the reluctant. Turn on their curiosity, expand their passion for inquiry, and set them loose into the land of discovery!

Breaking the Boundaries: New Voices, Formats and Approaches to Nonfiction
50 minutes
Librarians, Educators, Nonfiction Writers


From outrageous illustrations to irreverent voices, today’s boundary-pushing books are chipping away at the confining walls of humdrum nonfiction. Examine how nonfiction is breaking boundaries, compare and contrast texts on the same topic, and explore how authorial voices are coming into their own. Plus, practice engaging exercises for your students!  

Reading, Writing and the Environment
1–6 hours
Elementary Educators


Learn hands-on activities that incorporate literacy into science curriculum!  Nature journaling, word sorts, metaphor madness, fold-a-poem, sound maps, … During this workshop, attendees practice strategies that improve students’ reading and writing skills while challenging their scientific thinking. Learn to launch inquiry-based science activities with recommended picture books.

Other workshops available upon request.

Conferences, Professional Developments & Festivals

Heather enjoys presenting to the general public, teachers, librarians or other writers. Any of the school presentations can be adapted for a general audience at festivals.

A Wild Discovery: From Reluctant to Ready Readers, Writers and Researchers
50 minutes
Elementary and Middle School Educators


Web-shooting worms, bomb-dropping sea life, leeches up the nose? Nonfiction author Heather Montgomery shares strategies and informational texts that capitalize on the wackiness of nature to hook the reluctant. Turn on their curiosity, expand their passion for inquiry, and set them loose into the land of discovery!

Breaking the Boundaries: New Voices, Formats and Approaches to Nonfiction
50 minutes
Librarians, Educators, Nonfiction Writers


From outrageous illustrations to irreverent voices, today’s boundary-pushing books are chipping away at the confining walls of humdrum nonfiction. Examine how nonfiction is breaking boundaries, compare and contrast texts on the same topic, and explore how authorial voices are coming into their own. Plus, practice engaging exercises for your students!  

Reading, Writing and the Environment
1–6 hours
Elementary Educators


Learn hands-on activities that incorporate literacy into science curriculum!  Nature journaling, word sorts, metaphor madness, fold-a-poem, sound maps, … During this workshop, attendees practice strategies that improve students’ reading and writing skills while challenging their scientific thinking. Learn to launch inquiry-based science activities with recommended picture books.

Other workshops available upon request.

Virtual Visits

Q & A With the Author
Grades K–Adult

Students who have read one or more of Heather’s books engage in a virtual question and answer session with the author.

Extension
Grades K–8

Classes that have participated in an in-school presentation or workshop are invited to call/Skype/Google Talk in for follow-up time with Heather. Content may include discussion of the students’ writing, additional writing activities or follow-up to exercises presented during the school visit.

AV and Tech Needs for In-Person Visits

  • LCD Projector and screen
  • Room which can be darkened
  • Microphone (if more than 100 students)
  • White board
  • 2 small tables for display of books and natural items
  • LCD Projector and screen
  • Room which can be darkened
  • Microphone (if more than 100 students)
  • White board
  • 2 small tables for display of books and natural items
  • LCD Projector and screen
  • Room which can be darkened
  • Microphone (if more than 100 students)
  • White board
  • 2 small tables for display of books and natural items
  • Honorarium

    Large Group Presentations:
    Full Day: $1,200

    Educator and Writers' Workshops
    3 hours: $600
    6 hours: $1,200

    Plus travel expenses from Ardmore, AL.

    Classroom Presentations and Virtual Visit fees available upon request.

    Presentations are adapted to meet the needs of the audience. Book signings available after the presentation.

    Ordering Books

    Schools and libraries may order books at a discounted rate by visiting The Scholastic Teacher Store or by calling 1-800-SCHOLASTIC.

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    by Gwenn Lei , Julie Fiore

    Grades

    3–5, 6–8

    Guided Reading Level

    Not Available

    Books | Professional Resources | eBook
    Starting at: $11.99

    10 Easy Writing Lessons That Get Kids Ready for Writing Assessments

    by Mary Rose

    Grades

    3–5, 6–8

    Guided Reading Level

    Not Available

    Books | Professional Resources | eBook
    Starting at: $18.99

    Lois Lowry

    by Chris Bowman

    Grades

    1–2, 3–5

    Guided Reading Level

    M

    Books | Individual Titles | Library Binding
    Starting at: $23.00

    Little Red Writing

    by Joan Holub , Melissa Sweet

    Grades

    PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5

    Guided Reading Level

    O

    Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
    Starting at: $5.00

    The Sloppy Copy Slipup

    by DyAnne DiSalvo

    Grades

    3–5, 6–8

    Guided Reading Level

    Q

    Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
    Starting at: $5.95

    My Weird Writing Tips

    by Mr. Jim Paillot , Dan Gutman

    Grades

    1–2, 3–5

    Guided Reading Level

    P

    Books | Individual Titles | Paperback Book
    Starting at: $5.95
    My Scholastic

    Susan Cheyney

    GRADES: 1-2