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#DiscoverDL Wild Discoveries! Wacky Animals + Careful Observation = Writing Fun, by H. Montgomery

from Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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Hot pink millipedes, slime-shooting worms,
see-through frogs... glimpsing into scientists' journal entries, participants make
their own wild discoveries through careful observation and descriptive writing! During this interactive video conference, nonfiction author Heather L. Montgomery will share stories of the weird, the wacky, the all-out gross animals which have recently been discovered. With a focus on cutting-edge science, participants learn the critical role that observation, documentation, and descriptive writing play in the quest for discovery. 

Participants should come prepared with paper, pencil, and something to bear down on as the program includes a short, fun, descriptive writing challenge.

Note: This program is a part of the #DiscoverDL Festival November 6-10, 2017. This event is proudly sponsored by the Pinnacle Education Collaborative. Find more events by searching #DiscoverDL on the CILC website! **This program can only be requested from November 6-10, 2017 for this discounted price.**

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About This Program


Point to Point: $300.00
Point to Point Premium: $300.00


45 -60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Parent, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Sciences, Literacy, Writing, Reading

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is part of the #DiscoverDL festival Nov. 6-10, 2-17. This event is proudly supported by the Pinnacle Education Collaborative. Find more events by searching #DiscoverDL on the CILC website! **This program can only be requested from Nov. 6-10, 2017 for this discounted price**

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We make every effort to rebook. We will not charge for cancellation due to nature (i.e. snow days); however, other cancellations with less than a two day notice will incur a $100.00 kill fee.

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb, Heather Montgomery, Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy, Steve Swinburne , Peggy Thomas, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

Vicki Cobb

Program Details


1. Begins with engaging images to stimulate questions.
2. Includes a bit about my nonfiction science books.
3. Proceeds with stories of how scientists discover new species.
4. Builds to the story of Elizabeth, an eighth-grader who discovered and described a new species.
5. Culminates with a brief, fun, descriptive writing exercise.


1. Students will discover the joy of scientific inquiry.
2. Students will practice descriptive writing.
3. Students will compare and contrast closely related species.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Addresses NGSS Practices of Science and Disciplinary Core Ideas