Children's author, Pam Calvert, used to teach chemistry and physics to high school students before she began writing for children in 1998. Since then, she has taught writing to elementary students, grades first through eighth and speaks to thousands of elementary students each year. She fine tunes her presentations to fit the skill level of the children she presents to and is comfortable with both young and older children. Her gift in the magic of science comes through her dynamic performances which make students of all ages demand more! Not only does she inspire children to succeed in their dreams, but she also encourages children to love math through the use of literature.
(sessions last approx. 45 minutes)
Multiplying Menace is now a Scholastic Math Reads title! You can find it here: Math Reads as well as any online bookstore or educational outlet!
Math Magic! (K-2nd grade)
Pam starts off her program with an exciting science experiment which will inspire children to achieve their dreams. She reads her book, outlining multiplication concepts in an interactive way. The puppet, Rumpelstiltskin, from the story, Multiplying Menace: The Revenge of Rumpelstiltskin, will visit your school and multiply the children's noses! This will actually teach young children how to multiply!
A student and teacher favorite!
- multiplication (even Kindergarten can learn!)
- creative thinking
- math literature
Fun Fractals (3rd-6th grade)
What’s a fractal? Most students will not know until Pam goes through a fun fractal activity that will leave children feeling smart and ready for their next math lesson. Using Pascal’s triangle, Pam will show students how easy it is to create Sierpinski’s fractal--an activity that will underscore odd/even numbers, addition, and patterns. This activity will follow a Power Point presentation of Pam’s math book of either multiplication or division and an exciting “explosive” science experiment which will inspire children to achieve their dreams!
- multiplication at the fractional level
- odd/even numbers
- creative thinking
- Pascal's triangle
- Sierpinski's fractal
- math literature
How to Write a Story! (K-6th grade)
An all grade and teacher favorite!
Through a fun, interactive activity, Pam will audition your students for an exciting skit that will show them how to write a story—this activity has a dramatic, funny twist that is sure to leave your students laughing and wanting to write their own story! This will follow a Power Point presentation of one of Pam’s books and an amazing science experiment that will inspire students to achieve their dreams!
- How to write a story
- parts of story:beginning, middle, end
- word choice
How a Book is Published (3rd-6th grade)
Through a funny yet interesting Power Point presentation, Pam will show how Multiplying Menace or Princess Peepers was produced from imagination to final product. This will follow a presentation of one of Pam’s books, and an exciting “explosive” science experiment that will inspire students to achieve their dreams! Q & A session follows the presentation.
- editorial process
- parts of picture book
- process of book production
Note: Pam will need a projector for these Power Point presentations.
Writing Workshop (3rd-6th grade)
Pam's writing workshop teaches students how to embellish their work creatively. As a former UIL writing coach, she uses her professional knowledge and skill to help kids learn how to choose better words. She also goes over ideas for humorous stories, showing students some of the ways she uses humor in her picture books and has them write a funny, one to two page story. Before they write, she focuses on how to creatively use more interesting verbs. By the end of the workshop, the kids go home with a hilarious story they will be proud to show others. If there's time, the students are encouraged to share their work. Since Pam was also a 1st through 8th grade writing teacher, she will fine tune her writing workshop to the needs of the teachers. She can teach students how to embellish creative nonfiction essays as well. Make sure to specifically ask for this workshop when contacting her.
parts of a story
short story process
Praise for this workshop!
Thank you Pam for coming to visit our school and for your amazing presentation on "How to Write! writing workshop" ...The reiteration of spicy verbs, strong word choices, use of similes and much, much more was very helpful... Thank you for your support to teachers.
--Belinda E Edwards, Fourth Grade
Note: Pam will need an overhead projector, document camera, or Smartboard for this session.
Texas children's author, Pam Calvert, lives in the Houston, TX area. Any visits outside her local area (1 hour 30 minute radius from her home north of The Woodlands), will incur minimal travel costs. As she has friends and family in most areas of TX, she usually will not require a hotel fee.
Teachers! Here is an activity guide for Multiplying Menace. Enjoy!
Here's a Princess Peepers Activity: Fun Eyewear!