Sunday, February 7, 2016

Ten Things I Love About You

Today's blog post is going to share the book Ten Things I Love About You by Daniel Kirk. This is a book I came across last year and put in my pile of must have books.


It is a coincidence that I decided to share it in the month of February, it goes along beautifully with the idea of friendship and love.



This isn’t a typical storybook with a plot that has a beginning, middle, and end. Instead, we open the book and see a map of rabbits house and pigs house with a blue path showing how close to each other the two friends live. Sharing the title, students can quickly make an inference that this is a book about friendship.


We learn that rabbit is making a list. He is making a list about his friend Pig.  Pig is delighted to hear that rabbit is making a list of ten things he loves about him.

Rabbit is beginning with number one on his list and quickly gets stuck. He turns to Pig to give him an idea. Pig, on the other hand, is doing his own writing and is trying to concentrate.

The reader inevitably learns that pig was writing a list too of all the reasons why he loves his friend rabbit.

This is the perfect book to teach kindergartens about making lists. Take this book out of the library and read it to your students they will find this story delightful like I did. 

Click the download below to have students make a   list for someone they love.



Joyfully yours in making lists about people you love,

Friday, February 5, 2016

Five for Friday Teacher Travels

I am linking up with Five for Friday. Here are five exciting things on my TEACHER TRAVELS...

SECOND GRADE 

One of my second-grade teachers is implementing the Reading Units of Study, at the end of the non-fiction unit of study the classroom held a Topic Museum. The students were excited to become Tour Guide experts.
               Below shows some of the steps the children took, to get ready for the BIG day.

Now that the second graders have become experts about non-fiction topics, they are prepared to share  their learning with first-grade classrooms.  

 The got special hats. 
 They made special signs for their stations.  They used post-its to mark important facts in their books to share. They practiced reading with VOICE. They learned to present their information using different voices for different facts. They worked in partnerships. 
                                                       
They wore TOUR GUIDE labels. 

KINDERGARTEN

A kindergarten class learned about reading mats. This is an excellent way to build reading stamina.
A wonderful reading intervention teacher in my building made these simple books for her students.

She has one student who was struggling to learn her letters. At first, she was playing games using magnetic letters and the child would get frustrated. The teacher decided to read simple pattern text and then created these little word books. The child was able to choose what to put on the different pages of the book and take part in the illustrations. PRESTO... she started to learn the letters.  These books were added to the child's book bucket.
In the picture above the teacher wrote the word, but now, she is having the child take part in the writing too.

In a kindergarten classroom, we are working on having students take part in creating the anchor chart. We wrote a few words together today. When students take part in creating the charts, they become more meaningful, and kids are more invested.

I have been learning how to take part in Twitter Chats. Last night, I participated in a chat with Majorie Martinelli, who wrote the book Chart Chums. I love her advice below about making charts.



Joyfully yours in five more school days until February vacation,
Melissa


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Sunday Story



There are lots of reasons why I love Lucy Cousins’ books. I think it has something to do with her beautiful bright, bold illustrations. You know its page is going to pop with a bright color. The illustrations are captivating and cute.

Her characters are always lovable creatures, five-year-olds love creatures.

 Her stories are always short and beg to be read again and again. My most favorite thing about Lucy Cousin’s books is that kids can relate to them. I recently picked up the book Za-Za’s Baby Brother,  and right away, I thought about all of the kindergartens and first grades who I taught who wrote stories about baby brothers or sisters. I wish I had this book to use as a mentor text back then.


We learn that Za-Za’s mom belly is so big that there’s not much room for a hug. Each page of this story tells the reader all the things that happen when the mom is about to have a baby.  Pretty soon mom is home from the hospital, and there doesn’t seem to be much time for ZA-ZA.


This is the perfect book to teach:
Parts to a page
Retelling what happened first, next, last 
Characters talking
Feelings
Problem and Solutions



A kindergarten Story of a mom who is having a baby! 

{I love kindergarten writing!}

Your local library

Joyfully yours in writing important stories in kindergarten,
Melissa


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