Saturday, October 24, 2015

Ninjas to the Rescue!

It's that time again:  Book Fair!

I found two of the funniest, cutest, wittiest books on the market...in my opinion.


I love these books.  I can't wait to use them during our Compare and Contrast units in our K-2 schools.  BUT...we can't just think of these books for K-2 students.  This is a "picture" book that should be used with many grade levels.

Loving the Limerick

The book is written entirely in limerick.  It has such a great rhythm.  When introducing this type of poetry to upper grades, why not use these books as an example of telling a story...not just 5 lines.

The books stick to the classic tales (for the most part), but give them a great modern-day twist.  The wolf comes to Pig 1's house made of straw...
"Soon after, the wolf made a visit
to the little straw house of Pig 1.
Stay out of my hut
or I'll kick your butt.
I'm telling you, you better run."

BUT...Pig 1 didn't complete all his lessons, so the wolf knocked down his house and he ran to Pig 2's house.  I especially love that Pig 3, the smartest pig is a girl.  (wink, wink)


Little Red Riding Hood is also similar, starting with Wolf sneaking in to take karate classes...


"He practiced his katas for hours.
and mastered the whirlwind and wheel.
He jackknifed and flipped
and at last felt equiped
to once again catch a good meal.

BUT...who needs a woodsman to rescue you, when your Gran and You both have a black belt?

Looking at Both

Comparing these books is an easy lesson.  They have so much in common, but still have differences.  A simple Venn can help with this.

These books are the cutest.  Yon won't go wrong.

CLICK HERE for a FREEBIE Venn for each book!  Enjoy!




Saturday, October 10, 2015

In 1492...Columbus Sailed

Christopher Columbus for kindergarten could be a stretch, but using books, songs, art and writing can help this historical person come to life.
I know this post is late...sorry.  Crazy week at work, but next week will be better.  That being said, I am posting this anyway.

In 1492...Read a Book

One of my favorite books for Columbus Day is In 1492 by Jean Marzollo.  The book is written in rhyme and engages the students.  We read the entire book Monday.  Then, we refer back to portions of the book throughout the week.  There are several other books for students.
Christopher Columbus for kindergarten could be a stretch, but using books, songs, art and writing can help this historical person come to life.

In 1492...Vocabulary Cards

There are new faces, places, and vocabulary with this unit.  Allowing for students to manipulate the words and pictures in writing and in centers, creates an in depth understanding for the students.  They can use the words in a variety of ways: alphabetizing the list, categorizing the list, and writing using the list.
Christopher Columbus for kindergarten could be a stretch, but using books, songs, art and writing can help this historical person come to life.

In 1492...Sing a Song

As everyone in who teaches kindergarten knows, if they can sing it they will learn it.  Christopher Columbus is no different.  There are basic arms motions I made up or each verse.  The repeated refrain "Columbus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492" I make the children wave their hand in a wavy ocean.
Christopher Columbus for kindergarten could be a stretch, but using books, songs, art and writing can help this historical person come to life.

In 1492...Make a Ship

Everyone has a ship art project.  Any Mayflower ship project can be amended to make a Santa Maria project. We add the poem to one of the flags and we should have added a red cross to the flags.
Christopher Columbus for kindergarten could be a stretch, but using books, songs, art and writing can help this historical person come to life.

In 1492...Write about it!

You know I lo ve my 4 square writing.  The week after next, I put the Columbus 4 Square in the writing center.  Let them write about what they learned...it's such a great way to check of understanding.
Christopher Columbus for kindergarten could be a stretch, but using books, songs, art and writing can help this historical person come to life.

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Thanksgiving on Thursday: Mentor Text for Vocabulary

Magic Tree House is one of my favorite series. Thanksgiving on Thursday doesn't disappoint. These books allow students to enjoy the book and learn about places and words.
Hello, I am excited to join in this fall blog hop.  As you might know from earlier posts, I am a Magic Tree House fanatic.  The fall is the perfect time to talk about Magic Tree House.  Thanksgiving on Thursday is a wonderful addition to your fall catalog.
Magic Tree House is one of my favorite series. Thanksgiving on Thursday doesn't disappoint. These books allow students to enjoy the book and learn about places and words.

Dynamic Vocabulary Instruction

Dynamic vocabulary instruction makes all the difference when exposing students to vocabulary above their reading level.  We shouldn't limit the words they are exposed to based on their reading level or perceived comprehension level.  When vocabulary is discussed, developed, and used in a context that is understandable, students will grow as readers and wordsmiths.

Lesson Introduction

Before we start a new Magic Tree House book, we always discuss words that may be stumbling blocks.  These words are discussed with illustrations where possible.  Some words are not discussed before reading, but are discussed both while reading or after reading.  On page 27 the word "fowling" is introduced and defined on the same page.  This word should be revisited after the chapter, but it is unnecessary to discuss it at the beginning of the book.  Students should be taught to allow the text to define the words, as well.

Vocabulary Cards

Magic Tree House is one of my favorite series. Thanksgiving on Thursday doesn't disappoint. These books allow students to enjoy the book and learn about places and words.As students are listening to reading, allow them to be active listeners.  When words are pretaught, they can help respond to the vocabulary as they are read in the story.  Before reading the chapter of the day, pass out the vocabulary cards.  That student is responsible for listening for that particular word.  They let the class know when the word is read and what the word means.  Of course, not all words are read each day, but a quick review can help them remember the words.

Encouraging Vocabulary Use

Students should be encouraged to use the vocabulary words in their writing and in their centers.  Squiggles is a perfect time to add vocabulary words.  If they are illustrating a house, they can add a thatched roof.  When they are drawing about food, it can be cooked on a spit or a hearth.  They can add a feast to a dinner table or have a bare tree in the yard.  Adding a special sticker or a star on the work for using vocabulary can add incentive to our students.  During a squiggle center in December, this student drew a picture of a spit and wrote the sentences, "I see the fish cooking on the spit.  This fish is over the fire."
Magic Tree House is one of my favorite series. Thanksgiving on Thursday doesn't disappoint. These books allow students to enjoy the book and learn about places and words.
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WARNING:  The Vocabulary Card Set includes a musket, you can use that word at your discretion.