While real insects are incredibly intriguing, so are books the feature insects as characters! These books are a few of my and my students’ favorites!
I've uploaded a new Facebook fan freebie for the week. If you'd like to see what it is you can go to my Facebook Fan Freebie page. Hint: It has to do with first grade math.
There have also been some great texts sets posted to text set library this week.
If you would like to include one of your text sets to the site just visit the submit you text set page and fill out the form.
Happy Labor Day everyone. A lot has been happening this last week so here is a quick update.
There are two new text sets on my new website the text set library.
Alphabet Text set
Halloween Text set
If you would like to include your text set in the library and get a link back to your site, you can go to the submit your text set page.
I'm so excited to announce my new site. Textsetlibrary.com. This is going to be a website where teachers can browse for and search for books focused around a specific topic or theme. Teachers can also share their text sets on this site.
If you are a fellow teaching blogger if you submit your text set to the library you can also upload a button to your blog and will get a new dofollow link.
Each text set that you submit must have at least 3 books in the set. You must also leave a comment about the text set that you are submitting.
To go and submit your text sets go to the Submit page.
No matter how long students spend engaged in direct reading instruction, without time to apply what they learn in the context of real reading events, students will never build capacity as readers. . . . Students need time to read and time to be readers. - Donalyn Miller, The Booker Whisperer, pg 51
I'm cruising right along in my study of the Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. This chapter was all about finding time to read in the classroom and creating a great reading environment.
Donalyn's focus is on 6th grade and middle school. Those of us who work with the younger ones know just how difficult it is to have them stay focused for such long periods of time. If your included in that group I recommend that you take up time to build up their reading endurance. A great way to do this is to start off, at the beginning of the school year, with just a few minutes a day and then gradually increase the time spend reading as the year goes along.
I loved the authors suggestions about ways to find time for reading in the classroom, even when your school district doesn't have time allocated for silent reading. One of the times she mentioned that students could steal some time to read is during picture day. Although that's just one day out of the school year, and I don't see how an activity on only one day will make that much difference in the reading outcomes of your students, I can testify that its great for classroom management on those days.
I remember that back when I was a student teacher and it was about time for my kids to go and wait for their pictures, that I dreaded trying to find a way to keep them quiet in the halls for however long they would have had to wait. As it turns out they had to wait about 20 mins because they had fallen behind from previous classes. Luckily my classroom wasn't so far away from where they were taking the pictures so I had a chance to take my class back and start a read aloud. When is was time to go out in the hall and wait again. I had the students sit next to the wall and walked up and down the hall showing my students the rest of the pictures of the story. (We hadn't finished the book yet.) I also asked them to try and figure out how the story was going to end only by looking at the pictures of the story.
This technique worked perfectly and my class was so good in the hall that we even got compliments that they where the best behaved class that had gone through yet.
Well, I guess that's all I had to say about the chapter. I highly recommend that you read the book yourselves.
Trixie is having an ever so exciting trip to the laundry mat. She's having so much fun that she dosen't realize that she left Knuffle Bunny her stuffed animal behind. Trixie tries to get her dad to realize whats wrong, the only problem is Trixie hasn't learned to talk yet.
Children will love this story and parents will sympathize with the parents in this adorable story called Knuffle Bunny by Mo Williams.
You can see the complete review of Knuffle Bunny on this Squidoo Lens.
You can also purchase your own copy and see other books that were written by Mo Williams.
Knuffle Bunny Website
Check out the full book review of Just a Little Bit.
How much does an elephant weigh? In this story Elephant and mouse want to play on a seesaw. Of course mouse dosen't weigh enough to get an elephant off the ground. So a variety of animals all join in the game. The last one up, a small beatle, finally tips the scale. This creative story is a perfect way to introduce a child to the concept of weight and mesurement.
Check out Ben's Trumpets complete book review.
Ben loves going to the jazz club and sits outside listening to music. He loves jazz music so much he goes around playing an imaginary trumpet. When he does this in front of his friends they laugh and tease him. But there is one person who doesn't tease or laugh at him, the trumpeter from the band. At the end of the story Ben gets to live his dream and learn to play the trumpet.
This book is a great introduction for kids into the world of Jazz. Keep dreaming Ben!
Check out the full review of Pinduli.
My first thought when picking up this book was, I guess its going to be a cute
dog story. But no, think again. Its a hyena. A hyena as a main character? But,
it works. In this story it definitely works.
Pinduli is a young hyena who
wanders off away from her mother. She is found by a pack of wild dogs who start
to tease her about her looks. And for the first time ever Pinduli is concerned
that she is ugly. Pinduli meets a lion, and some zebras as well. Each time
Pinduli tries to change her appearance so she'll be accepted. I'm not going to
tell you the end so hopefully I've said enough to get you interested in reading
The expressions on the faces of the animals in this story are
memorable. I especially like the page where the lion is trying to cover his
Overall, a great book. I would easily give it five stars.
Did you ever have a toy you loved so much you just wanted to share it with
your friends? Well, in this story that's exactly what happened. Except, once
Piggie let Elephant play with his toy Elephant broke it. Can Elephant and
Piggies friendship survive?
Mo Williams has written 36 children's books (That I know of) He has one 3
Caldecott awards, 2 Geisel medals, and numerous other awards. His books have
helped young readers love to read.
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