Friday, September 8, 2017

Mentor Text Giveaway

Don't forget to read to the end for a giveaway!

Writing an opening hook

How many times have your students started informational reports with..."This is a report about..." These opening lines are boring to the reader and even to the writer! So, we teach them to write an interesting hook that will engage the reader. There are many types of hooks that will quickly get the attention of your audience. This post is focusing on writing a question to hook readers. Why? Well, I found a great book! Isn't that usually the case? We find a fun book and realize it would be a great mentor text for something we want our students to learn.


What if You Had Animal Eyes

Sandra Markle has written a great series of informational books that have a light, engaging style. The latest in this series is What if You Had Animal Eyes. I pre-ordered it on Amazon so that I could get it right away. My 3rd graders enjoy these books and I am all about stocking my classroom with books that get kids reading! These books start out with asking a question. They don't just ask a question about an animal fact, but rather questions that will guide the reader in imagining the life of that animal. "What if one day when you woke up, the eyes on your face weren't yours? What if, overnight, a wild animal's eyes took their place." (Markle, 2017) Each 2 page spread focuses on an animal. One page is informational and helps you learn all about that animal's eyesight and the characteristics that make the eyes uniquely suited for that particular animal. The second page makes it personal. What would it be like for you to have eyesight like that animal? The book ends with a quick compare/contrast of animal and human eyes and how ours eyes are just what we need. It also includes a page on how human eyes work and a page about keeping your eyes healthy.

You could also use this book as a mentor text for other topics such as...

*Repetition (If you had ______ eyes you ___________)
*Organizing facts for readability
*Compare/contrast
*Using real photos alongside exaggerated sketches 
*Reading and/or creating diagrams (diagram of the human eye - page 30)

I've created a little resource to go along with this book. It includes:
*mini poster (quotation)
*mini poster (about writing hooks)
*worksheet to practice writing questions that could be hooks for various topics

You can download the FREEBIE here.

Reading Freebies and a Giveaway!

I've teamed up with some great bloggers who are doing a giveaway to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims. I have friends with family in Texas. Our pastor's wife was in church when she saw a facebook message from her brother-in-law saying they were stranded and asking for help. It was so difficult for them to wait for news from 2,000 miles away. I was in Jacksonville, Florida during Hurricane Andrew and remember people from our church going to help. These types of losses are devastating and require long-term assistance. Dawn Vinas, a teacher who works with Houston schools, has started a gofundme to help teachers. Any donation will help. You can give to that campaign here. My heart is hurting as we are now tracking hurricane Irma and praying for the safety of all those in her path.

I'm in the Pacific Northwest and we are dealing with an entirely different hardship - wild fires. There are so many huge fires in our state and surrounding states. The sky this week has been thick with smoke and air advisories have been given. Students have had to stay inside all week. The sun looks red on many days. It is very surreal. A beautiful area that we travel through frequently, the Columbia Gorge, along the Columbia river is burning. I posted a picture on my facebook page of before and after. It is incredibly sad.

Each blogger has featured a mentor text and an accompanying download. Make sure you visit each blog to get all these goodies and tons of expert advice! Just click on the links at the end of this post to visit the next blog. One lucky winner will win a copy of EACH book. That is such an awesome prize! Enter through the rafflecopter links at the end of this post. The most important thing to do is to support the relief efforts if you are able. The gofundme link is a great way to support teachers and schools. There are many organizations involved in the rebuilding in Houston and other cities that suffered from Hurricane Harvey. We might not be able to do much individually, but together we can do anything! Let's get these cities restored and offer hope to those who were displaced. Spread the word about the gofundme and this giveaway! Thank you!



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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Children's Books to Fuel the Imagination

Happy New Year! I want to share with you a list of picture books & elementary chapter books to fuel the imagination. My post today on ClassroomTestedResources.com is a post about imagination. It's something that can be all too easy for us to stifle in the classroom. So, hop on over to the post to read more and keep on scrolling to see a list of some books to inspire the imagination of young readers.
Click on the book cover to go to the link on Amazon. Don't forget to read the post on Classroom Tested Resources to hear more about bringing imagination into your lessons!

1. Journey by Aaron Becker
2. It's Only Stanley by Jon Agee
3. Tuesday by David Weisner


               

4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
5. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
6. Stella, Fairy of the Forest by Marie-Louise Gay
                 

7. The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
8. The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden
9. The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague
                                             



Click on the book cover to go to the link on Amazon. Don't forget to read the post on Classroom Tested Resources to hear more about bringing imagination into your lessons!

1. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
2. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
3. No Flying in the House by Betty Brock
                                                                            

4. Ralph S. Mouse by Beverly Cleary
5. The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
6. The Chocolate Touch by Patrick Skene Catling

                                                                                                                                                      
7. Wings of Fire by Tui Sutherland
8. Secret Agent Jack Stalwart by Elizabeth Singer Hunt
9. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
                                       


Affiliate links: These book titles link to Amazon and I could potentially (hasn't happened yet!) get a small return from Amazon for sending a customer their way! :)

Have a fantastic week!



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Classroom Planning A-Z ~ Helping teachers prepare for Back-to-School

Classroom Planning A-Z
It's back-to-school season! There are SO many things for teachers to do during this time and SO much to remember. Last year, I made a Classroom Planning list with detailed notes about each item and links to some freebies and resources to help you accomplish the things on your to-do list. It's a free resource on Teachers Pay Teachers. My listing there has it for new teachers, but I've heard from many veteran teachers who have found it helpful. I'm using it right now to make sure I don't forget anything!
Birthday Bags for Students
One very easy tip is to prepare NOW for the birthdays that you will celebrate throughout the year. What will you do about summer birthdays? Are you giving each student a little gift? I've seen cute, simple ideas of just a giant pixie stick with a birthday note attached or a book (use Scholastic points!) is always a great idea. I put together little gift bags. I've made a video of what's inside. Click here or on the picture above to watch the video on YouTube.

Click here to download the free A-Z Planning Guide for Teachers!

What do you do to prepare for back-to-school? What should I add to my checklist? Thanks for reading. Have a great week!


Sunday, August 7, 2016

$75 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card giveaway!

Win a $75 TPT gift card
Do you still have things to buy for back-to-school? I sure do! We have a great giveaway that could help you out. One lucky winner will get a TPT gift card for $75. It could be you!

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Prize: $75 Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Card

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Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 8/13/16 and is open worldwide.
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