Category: Reading

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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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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Mentor Text for Making Inferences

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

We are working on Making Inferences this week in second grade.  Making Inferences 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 a caterpillar who is going through metamorphosis

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Snappsy the Alligator

Mentor Text for List Writing

This week I am talking about Snappsy the Alligator!  (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) by Julie Falatko. Mentor Text for List Writing Book Talk Tuesday: Snappsy the Alligator book with fun, list writing reading response! Check it out! 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!  My kiddos LOVED this book!  Poor Snappsy didn’t want to be in this book, yet an annoying narrator is following him around describing his every step! I love it that you can find some

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Read Aloud: Shy with Free Reading Response

Book Talk Tuesday: Shy with a Free Reading Response

Welcome to another Book Talk Tuesday!  I am so glad that you stopped by! This week I want to talk about Shy by Deborah Freedman.  I found this book in a list of the best books of last year by the Nerdy Book Club!   You can find their post about this lovely book HERE. So, without further ado: Oh my goodness!  This is an absolutely beautiful book!  The illustrations are gorgeous. This is a book about Shy, who is, as you can probably guess…shy. He prefers to live between the pages of a book.  His favorite books are the

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They All Saw A Cat Activity

Book Talk Tuesday: They all Saw a Cat

They All Saw A Cat Book Talk Tuesday Today I want to talk about a wonderful book called: They All Saw Cat by Brendan Wenzel.  Hang in there!  I have a little freebie for you at the end! 🙂     This lovely little book is all about perspective.  As you go through the pages, the cat doesn’t change, you just get to see the cat from the eyes of the other characters in the story. This book is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of perspective to your students.  Each character in the story who sees the cat

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Book Talk Tuesday (on Wednesday): A Unicorn Named Sparkle!

Hello again!  Today I have a fun new book to share!  A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young.  I also have a freebie Story Map to go along with the story at the end of the post! Unicorn books are very popular now a days!  This is an adorable little book about a little girl who sends off a quarter to get a unicorn that she plans to name Sparkle When her unicorn shows up, it isn’t exactly what she had in mind, but she grows to love her less than perfect unicorn friend!   This book has a lot

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