Category: Book Talk Tuesday

How to Writing with How to Train a Train

Hello all!  Thanks so much for stopping by for another Book Talk Tuesday! This week’s Mentor Text is perfect for teaching How to Writing!   This post contains an affiliate link to Amazon (if you would like to get your own copy of this book!).     This week I am talking about How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton. This is a great book for introducing How To writing and personification.   Of course, if you want a train of your own, you will need to catch one.There are several methods of catching your train so you will

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Data Collection and Graphing Activity

Data Collection and Graphing freebie with I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey

Oh my goodness!  Oh my goodness!  I am so excited about this ADORABLE book!  I even moved out of my comfort zone to create a *gasp* math freebie!  This book lends itself really well to a little data collection and graphing activity!  Read on to see what has inspired me…This post does contain affiliate links.  If you use the link I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much for your support.Hello!  So happy to see you!  I am so excited about this adorable book by Aaron Blabey called I Need a Hug!  I love

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Mentor text for teaching the reading strategy of visualizing or making mental images: The Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black! Get your first, second, or third grade students thinking about their reading and visualizing with this amazing book and freebie! #mentalimages #visualizing #mentortext #primaryplanet

Reading Strategy: Visualizing with The Purple Kangaroo!

One of my favorite reading strategies to teach my kiddos Making Mental Images or Visualizing.  In my opinion that is what makes reading so great!  YOU get to create the pictures in your head!   This book is EPIC for teaching your students to make mental images or visualize while reading! This post does contain affiliate links.  If you use the link I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thanks so much for your support. Why teach Making Mental Images or Visualizing? In my opinion, this is the reading strategy that makes reading so much fun! I always tell

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Dinosaur Read aloud

Book Talk Tuesday with a Creative Writing Freebie! What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night

“It usually starts with a mess you can’t explain…” This post contains affiliate links for Amazon. By purchasing an item on the Amazon site using these links, I will receive a small commission on your purchase (with no extra cost to you). For more information about my Disclosure Policy, please visit this link! Oh my goodness!What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night by Refe and Susan Toma is one of my new faves! This book is very near and dear to my heart.A few years ago I had a little girl in my class who knew in her heart of hearts that her toys

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Read aloud for Context Clues

Build a Love of Reading with Mentor Texts! Using Context Clues with Baloney (Henry P.).

Using Context Clues. It’s a very important skill for reading students to have! Using context clues to infer the meanings of unknown words! Where do you even start? I have two great books to help you to teach Using Context Clues to infer the meaning of unknown words. Baloney (Henry P.) So, when I first introduce this skill my to kiddos, I use Baloney (Henry P.) by Jon Scieszka.  Poor Henry is a little alien late for szkola again. His teacher is going to give him lifelong detention unless he can come up with very good, very believable excuse.  Do

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Read aloud for character traits with freebie

Book Talk Tuesday: Describing Character Traits using The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt

Welcome Back! I have a wonderful new book to share with you today! It is perfect for teaching Character Traits! The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt! He is the author of The Day the Crayons Quit, and The Day the Crayons Came Home! Of course, there is a freebie for you at the end! I hope you are wearing your battle pants! Rock, from the Kingdom of Backyard,  is looking for a fight.  He has yet to find a challenge. Paper, from the Empire of Mom’s Home Office, and Scissors, from the tiny village of Junk Drawer,

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My favorite children's book ever!

Special Book Talk Tuesday: My FAVORITE Children’s Book!

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for visiting me again. This is a special Book Talk Tuesday Post for me. It’s about my FAVORITE children’s book of ALL TIME!I know, you are thinking “How in the world do you choose?  There are so many great books out there?”  But, this one is special. Mrs. Beggs and the Wizard by Mercer Mayer has been my favorite since I was a little girl. When I was in college, I discovered it again at a Half-Price Bookstore.  It was the first children’s book that I bought for my future classroom. Every time I

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Story map

Book Talk Tuesday: Reading, and Science and Magic! Oh my! Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows.

Hello again!  Welcome to another Book Talk Tuesday! Today I am going to be talking about a fun new book called: Zoey and Sassafras: Dragons and Marshmallows written by Asia Citro, illustrated by Marion Lindsey!     Wow!  Is this a fun book!  It has everything: Magic, Science, adventure, experiments, and more! This is an adorable story of a little girl who discovers that her mom has been helping magical creatures since she was little.  Mom needs to go on a business trip and leaves Zoey in charge to help any creatures that may show up needing help!  With the

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Ideas are all around

Book Talk Tuesday: Ideas are All Around by Philip C. Stead

It’s Book Talk Tuesday! My favorite day of the week!Today I want to talk to you about:   Ideas are All Around by Philip C. Stead!   My kiddos loved this book!  They thought that the combination of illustrations and photographs was really neat!  They loved the cloud pics! The main character is an author who has to write a story, but is out of ideas, so he goes for a walk with his dog Wednesday.  They have some fun adventures, conversations, and thoughts on their walk through their neighborhood. It is a great book for talking about where ideas

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Alphabet Book Read Aloud

Once Upon an Alphabet! Another Book Talk Tuesday (with a freebie of course!)

Welcome back to another Book Talk Tuesday! This week, I am talking about an Alphabet book! Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers!This book is a fun way to get your kiddo writing their own alphabet stories!   I LOVE this book!  It has a short story for each letter of the alphabet! They are fun, silly, and sure to spark the interest of your students!   I have to say, I am so excited about finding book trailers on You Tube!  Isn’t that awesome? Book trailers! (Maybe I am seriously behind the times, but I love them!)   As

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Book Talk Tuesday: Making Inferences with Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis

Here I am again!  Another Book Talk Tuesday! We are working on Making Inferences this week in second grade.  Inferring can be tough for second graders, so we practice a lot! This week we are Making Inferences with Carson Ellis’ Du Iz Tak! This beautifully illustrated book is sure to be LOVED by your class. A series of bugs (speaking bug no less) find a sprout and are curious to see what it is all about. They decide to put it to use but have to contend with a spider, a bird, and a flower.  All the while there is

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Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) Book Talk Tuesday

This week I am talking about Snappsy the Alligator!  (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) by Julie Falatko. This is a hysterical story about, you guessed it, Snappsy!  Of course, there will be a free Reading Response at the end! My kiddos LOVED this book!  Poor Snappsy didn’t want to be in this book, yet and annoying narrator is following him around describing his every step!  I love it that you can find some book trailers on Youtube!   Here is the one for poor Snappsy. He doesn’t eat small woodland creatures, he goes to the grocery store!  It’s

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