Sunday, November 23, 2014

Guest Post over at Corkboard Connections

I am guest posting today at Corkboard Connections with a book review for the book The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi. Click the Corkboard Connections button below to take you to the post and a list of teaching tips that help turn this book into a great lesson.
 I have also created a freebie to go with it, so you really don’t want to miss it.

Enjoy!
The Picture Book Teacher

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday Book Review

TheLonelyScarecrowTBT from The Picture Book Teacher's Edition
Such a great story to read this time of year.
Click the button below to take you to the full book review and FREEBIE I made to go with it.
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The Picture Book Teacher

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas In The Country by Cynthia Rylant

The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Book Review

Christmas in the country consists of a freshly cut tree, that is too big for the room, favorite Christmas ornaments and family. 

This book is a sweet story showing the simple country style of a family Christmas and how the simplest things can make Christmas extra special.

This book is definitely one that should be shared during the Christmas season and if you do share it with your class, use the following ideas, skills and strategies to make it a meaningful lesson as well. 

I have created a Skills and Strategies packet to go with the book if you  want to dig deeper and make the story more than just a Christmas story.

Reading level: 2.9
Theme/subject: Family, Christmas
Genre: Christmas

Suggested Vocabulary/phrases: coal stove, can apples, mothballs, saucer, and commotion, hauled


Reading skills and strategies:
  • Asking questions - {possible questions before} I wonder if Christmas in the country is different than Christmas in the city. {possible questions during} I wonder why the girl lived with her grandparents. I wonder why they got a tree that barely fits in their room. {possible questions after}  **Remember to have your students answer/reflect their questions.
  • Author's point of view – first person. Be sure to find 3 pieces of evidence to support this (I, we, my).
  • Author's purpose – entertain {evidence} The illustrations are beautiful water colors. The girl loved to wait for Christmas. The Christmas tree was too big for the house. All these things make a very nice story that was also entertaining.
  • Beginning, middle, end – {most important event from beginning} The girl and her grandparents were getting ready for Christmas. {most important event from middle} The family decorated the Christmas tree. {most important event from end} The girl got the doll she wanted from Santa.
  • Cause and effect – Why is the country so quiet in the winter? Because the snow slows everything down. Why would grandfather take his ax to the woods behind the house? So he could chop down a Christmas tree. Why would grandmother and the girl pull out boxes of old ornaments? So they could decorate the Christmas tree. Why does the girl love the ornaments? Because each ornament reminded her of her whole life. Why would everyone have to squeeze around the living room? Because grandfather would bring home a Christmas tree that was a little too big for the room. How come they couldn’t wait to turn on the Christmas tree lights at night? Because it was the prettiest thing they had. Why did the girl give her grandfather her tangerine? Because she knew he loved them. Why did the girl get a new doll from Santa? Because that is what she really wanted. Why were the cookies and milk she left for Santa gone? Because Santa liked / ate it all. Why was the church service short on Christmas morning? Because the preacher knew that the children wanted to be at home playing with their toys. Why were the dogs barking so much on Christmas? Because there was so much commotion in the house.
  • Character analysis - describe the girl. Describe the family. {looks like, feelings, thoughts, character}
  • Compare & contrast – compare and contrast your Christmas with the girl and her grandparents’ Christmas.
  • Connections - {possible text-to-self connections} living with your grandparents. Cutting your Christmas tree from the woods. Going to church on Christmas Eve. Writing a letter to Santa. Leaving milk and cookies for Santa. Finding Santa’s milk and cookies gone on Christmas morning.
  • Drawing conclusion – Why did the girl ask her grandparents to help her see what Santa brought her? {what I know} At home I always open my gifts from Santa with my family around. {my conclusion} I think the girl asked her grandparents to help her see what Santa brought because she wanted to see the presents with her grandparents there.
  • Fact & opinion{fact} The girl lived with her grandparents. Grandfather cut the Christmas tree down from the woods behind the house. Grandmother and the girl got boxes of ornaments from the closet. Grandmother helps the girl write a letter to Santa. The girl got exactly what she wanted for Christmas; a doll. {opinion} Everyone was ready for Christmas. Everything slows down when it snows. Christmas trees are the prettiest thing at Christmastime. A new doll is the best Christmas present to get. Everyone should have ham for Christmas dinner.
  • Main idea & details - {main idea} the story is mostly about the girl and her grandparents getting ready for Christmas. {details} Grandfather cut down a tree from the woods at the back of the house. Grandmother and the girl pulled boxes of ornaments from the closet. Grandmother helped the girl write a letter to Santa.
  • Predict – What do you think the story is going to be about? What is everyone ready for? What kind of tree do you think grandfather will bring home? What will the girl and her grandparents do when they get home from church? What do you think the girl asked Santa for? Will Santa eat and drink the milk and cookies?
  • Sequencing – In the winter the girl waited for Christmas. Grandfather went to the woods to find a  Christmas tree. Grandmother and the little girl got the ornaments. Grandfather brought home a tree that was too big. On Christmas Eve they went to church. All the kids sang a Christmas carol. The girl wrote a letter to Santa and went to bed. The little girl and her grandparents woke up to see what Santa brought. The little girl brought her new doll to church. Family came over. It was time to take down the Christmas tree.
  • Story elements - list title, author, characters, setting, beginning, middle, end, or problem & solution.
  • Strong thought – the little girl thinks the tree is the prettiest thing they had. Think about how your house is decorated this time of year, what do think the prettiest thing is in your house?
  • Visualize – The little girl got exactly what she wanted for Christmas, a new doll. Visualize what you think Santa will get you for Christmas.
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Christmas In The Country Preview

You can pick this packet up from my TpT store.

Happy teaching!
The Picture Book Teacher

Friday, November 14, 2014

Five for Friday

Yay for Friday!! Thanks to Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching I am better at documenting my week.five for friday new
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I have started making my Christmas gifts.
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Five for Friday I made each of my girls a necklace and I have made one with Christmas colors. I will make a few more because they are so cute!
The Picture Book Teachers's Edition Five for Friday My version is not done yet. I am making it more as a Christmas decoration. I think I need to shorten the trunk, paint the pot and add a bow to the trunk. I want to make about 5 of these but finding the right wire is proving to be a difficult endeavor.
five for friday new 2 My job right now is literary support for 2 first grade classes and I am working with one little girl that is way behind. This picture shows her working with one of my products. It is not very often I get to interact with kids using my stuff, so this makes me happy.
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Five for Friday  five for friday new 3
On Veteran’s Day, my dad and I took our weekly bike ride on the strand (13 miles).
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Five for Friday five for friday new 4 My youngest daughter is going to cosmetology school at Paul Mitchell the school. She has just started taking clients on the floor and my husband has been very reluctant to have her cut his hair. Well, this past weekend, the girl that cuts his hair cancelled his appointment so he either had to ask Madison to cut it or go a week with “bushy” hair. Thankfully he chose to let Madison give it a go, and she didn’t even mess up. He was very impressed will have her cut his hair from now on :)The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Five for Friday  five for friday new 5 I have been putting this off for weeks, but today I finally did it…I got my flu shot.
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Have a great weekend!
The Picture Book Teacher

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday Book Review

ThanksgivingIsForGivingThanksTBT
This book will remind your students what it means to give thanks.
Click the TBT button below to see the full review and grab the FREEBIE that goes with it.
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The Picture Book Teacher

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

I love this linky, so many pictures, ideas, and thoughts from a simple picture.
The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Wordless Wednesday Photo
I was reading about wind with some kinders and I asked the question, “What are some things you see blowing in the wind?” We came up with many answers, trash, leaves, your hair, tree branches but my favorite was the American flag.
 This truly is one of my favorite sites, seeing an American flag blowing in the wind. It is always a beautiful reminder of how lucky we are to live in a country with so many freedoms and the many brave souls that have fought for those freedoms.

So my question to you is How did you celebrate Veteran's Day?

Head on over to Miss DeCarbo’s to see more fun Wordless Wednesday pictures.
http://secondgradesugarandspice.blogspot.com/2014/11/wordless-wednesday-november-12th.html

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Splat the Cat and the Pumpkin-Picking Plan by Rob Scotton

The Picture Book Teacher's Edition Book Review

Splat is being a bit of a pest so his mom sends him to the pumpkin patch to pick out a pumpkin. Splat spends some time at the pumpkin patch searching for the perfect pumpkin. He finally finds one but there is just one problem, it won’t fit in his wagon! How will Splat get his perfect pumpkin home?

Your students will enjoy the silly chaos that ensues as Splat gets his pumpkin home.

Use the below information and ideas to help extend the reading experience of Splat the Cat. I have also created a Visualizing FREEBIE (link below) to use if you want your students to practice this. 

Reading level: 1.3
Theme/subject: holiday
Genre: holiday

Suggested Vocabulary/phrases: autumn, hay-bale maze


Reading skills and strategies:
  • Asking questions - {possible questions before} I wonder what the story is going to be about. I wonder what Splat’s plan is. {possible questions during} I wonder what kind of pumpkin Splat will pick out. I wonder if Splat will be able to stop the pumpkin. {possible questions after} I wonder how they are going to decorate the pumpkin. I wonder if Splat will have to fix the front gate. **Remember to have your students answer/reflect their questions.
  • Author's point of view – Third person. Be sure to find 3 pieces of evidence to support this. (he, they, Splat)
  • Author's purpose - entertain {evidence} Animals in the story are talking. Splat the cat is raking leaves and cats don’t rake leaves. Splat the cat is running on top of a pumpkin as it rolls out of control. All these things make for a very silly and entertaining story.
  • Beginning, middle, end - {most important event from beginning} Splat’s mom told Splat that he should go to Farmer’s Patch to pick out a pumpkin. {most important event from middle} Splat picked out a perfect pumpkin. {most important event from end} Splat got his pumpkin home.
  • Cause and effect – Why did leaves go flying everywhere? Because splat jumped in the pile of leaves they just raked. Why did mom send Splat to the pumpkin patch? Because he was making a mess of the pile of leaves. Why did Splat love Farmer Patch’s pumpkin patch? Because there was so much to do and see. Why did Splat’s tail wiggle wildly with worry? Because he was afraid he would never find a perfect pumpkin. Why was getting Splat’s pumpkin home going to be a problem? Because it would not fit in his wagon. Why did Splat yell for help? Because he couldn’t get the runaway pumpkin to stop.
  • Character analysis - describe Splat {looks like, feelings, thoughts, character}
  • Compare & contrast – compare and contrast your pumpkin to Splat’s pumpkin.
  • Connections - {possible text-to-self connections} Raking leaves. Jumping in a pile of leaves. Going to a pumpkin patch. Going in a hay-bale maze. Picking out a perfect pumpkin. {possible text-to-text connections} The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis. Both books have a pumpkin that runs away through town.
  • Drawing conclusions & inferencing – Why does Splat’s mom send him to Farmer Patch’s pumpkin patch? {text clues} Splat and his mom are raking leaves and Splat jumps in the middle of the leaves and makes a mess. {what I know} I know that when I am getting in someone’s way they always send me away or give me something else to do. {my conclusion} I think Splat’s mom sent him to the pumpkin patch because he was getting in the way of cleaning up the leaves.
  • Fact & opinion{fact} Splat helped his mom rake leaves. Splat jumped in the pile of leaves. Splat got lost in a hay-bale maze. Splat found the perfect pumpkin. Splat’s pumpkin wouldn’t fit in his wagon. {opinion} Splat was being a pest. Scarecrows are scary. Apple-and-fish cider is delicious. Small pumpkins are the best kinds of pumpkins.
  • Main idea & details - {main idea} The story is mostly about Splat at Farmer Patch’s Pumpkin Patch. {details} Splat got lost in a hay-bale maze. Splat saw a scary scarecrow. Splat found the perfect pumpkin.
  • Plot - the turning point or climax in the story was when Splat found the perfect pumpkin.
  • Predict – What do you think the story is going to be about? What do you think Splat’s great idea was? Do you think Splat will find the most perfect pumpkin? What do you think Splat will do at Farmer Patch’s Pumpkin Patch? How do you think Splat will get his pumpkin home? Do you think Splat’s mom will be mad at him for breaking down the gate?
  • Problem & solution - {problem} The problem in the story is that Splat is having a hard time finding a perfect pumpkin. {solution} Splat keeps looking until he finds the perfect pumpkin.
  • Sequencing – Splat helps his mom rake leaves. Splat jumps in the pile of leaves. Splats mom sends him to the pumpkin patch. Splat looks for a perfect pumpkin. Splat finds a perfect pumpkin. Splat’s pumpkin rolls all the way home.
  • Story elements - list title, author, characters, setting, beginning, middle, end, or problem & solution.
  • Strong thought – Splat picks out the perfect pumpkin but it won’t fit into his wagon. What would you say to him about his choice?
  • Summarize - {someone}Splat {wanted} wanted to pick out the perfect pumpkin {but} but he was having a hard time finding one {so} so he kept looking {then} then he {finally} finally found the perfect one.
  • Visualize – Splat knew the exact kind of pumpkin that he wanted to get. Visualize what your pumpkin would look like.
Splat the Cat Visualizing FREEBIE - The Picture Book Teacher's Edition
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