Category: Reading

Mentor Text for Making Inferences: In the Blink of an Eye by Dieter Wiesmuller

Teaching Second Graders to Make Inferences isn’t the easiest thing, is it? It is an abstract concept. That being said, I LOVE teaching inferences!I make a ton of inferences every day even when I am not reading. I always point that out to my students as well.  One of my favorites is when a student asks me a question that they could figure out the answer to by just looking at the evidence in front of them.  I tell them to “Make an inference!”This book is a fun mentor text for making inferences to use to introduce inferring to your students!

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Organizing reading and writing conferences

Organizing for Reading and Writing Conferences

So, let me start by saying that I am NOT the most organized person on the planet. That being said, this is what works for someone who is organizationally challenged! Let me help you to get organized for Reading and Writing Conferences!     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!  I do reading and or writing conferences almost every day! I usually start with small

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Reading Conference Forms Writing Conference Forms

Conferring with your students for reading and writing just got a little easier!

Looking for a quick way to help manage your Reading and Writing Conferences with your students?   Look no further! I will admit, I LOVE doing individual conferences with my kiddos for reading and writing! I will also admit, that sometimes I am at a loss for what to say, or what to teach next. I needed a way to help me focus!       So, I created these Reading/ Writing Conference Labels, Forms, and Rubrics. They help keep me focused on what I am looking for, plus give me space to take a note or two. When I sit down

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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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Making Mental Images

Mentor Text for Making Mental Images

    Making Mental Images or Visualizing is one of my favorite comprehension strategies to teach my kiddos!   I have written several blog posts about this wonderful strategy to help your student’s reading comprehension. You can find them: My Neighbor’s Dog is Purple! The Purple Kangaroo! The Girl Who Thought in Pictures! They all have freebies of course! This book is a great way to show making a mental image! We talk about how to use the text to make pictures in our heads.  I usually read this book to my kiddos and have them make the pictures in their heads before I

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Read Aloud for Fact and Opinion

Read Aloud for Fact and Opinion! Freebie!

Hurrah!  It is Mentor Text Monday! This is a super fun read aloud for fact and opinion! This week I am talking about a fun Non-fiction text: Weird and Wild Animal Facts by Jessica Loy! It is a perfect read-aloud for teaching about Facts and Opinions. Yes, there is a freebie below! This book is so much fun!  It has lots of great pictures and fun facts about some amazing animals.  It is organized into smaller chunks of text to make it a bit easier for kiddos to read. It was also a Young Hoosier Award Nominee in 2018! If

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Choosing a good fit book

Mentor Text for Choosing a Good Fit Book!

    Hello! Welcome back to Mentor Text Monday (the post formerly known as Book Talk Tuesday).   Today I am featuring: Goldi Socks and The Three Libearians by Jacki Mims Hopkins! Every school year we spend a ton of time teaching our kiddos how to choose books that are a Good Fit for them.   This book is how I kick off my whole unit! In the story Goldi Socks discovers a house filled with books belonging to the Libearian family. Of course Goldi has to find something to read! She uses the five finger rule, and lots of trial and

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Making Good Choices for Kids

Read Aloud for Making Good Choices for Kids

  Making Good Choices for Kids!   I want to start by saying that I am not affiliated with the authors or creators of this wonderful book in any way, I just love it and wanted to share this wonderful book with others!   What Should Danny Do?  is a book about making good choices for kids and how the choices we make affect our lives. This book is a kind of “pick a path” type of story, where your children can help Danny make his choices, then see the consequences of those choices (good and bad).     I

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Read aloud for metacognition

Mentor Text Monday! The Girl Who Thought in Pictures :Meta cognition Freebie!

Hello! I want to share with you an extraordinary new book from Innovation Press: The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: the story of Dr. Temple Grandin This book is part of Amazing Scientist series! “If you’ve ever felt different if you’ve ever been low,if you don’t quite fit in, there’s a name you should know…”Meet Dr. Temple Grandin―one of the world’s quirkiest science heroes!This book is a perfect jump-off point to talk about many subjects in your classroom!Scientists, Women Scientists, metacognition, differences, and accepting differences. One of the things that I try to teach my kiddos every year is Meta-Cognition, or

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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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