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October 25, 2009

Halloween Read Aloud

I did not forget about those 1st and 2nd graders for a fun Halloween read aloud!

Everyone loves Arthur, including this reading teacher!

Arthur goes to school to celebrate Halloween, but he does not seem to really like the holiday. He won't try the vampire juice or play the Halloween game. He also seems nervous when he is trick or treating with his sister. Then she disappears into the house that Buster says is the "witches" house. Uh Oh !

I love how 1st and 2nd graders talk about all the events in the story and what makes Arthur feel scared. This is also a great story to make predictions with while reading aloud.

Happy Halloween Everyone !

October 23, 2009

Halloween Read Aloud

Happy Haunting, Amelia Bedelia by Herman Parish


This is a hilarious book for a read aloud to 3rd or 4th grade. Kids love to talk about all the ways Amelia misunderstands direction as she prepares for the Halloween Bash! This book has a lot of wonderful word play. You can extend this book into an author study way past Halloween!


My favorite follow up writing activity:

1. On stripes of paper list a bunch of directions.

2. Have students pretend they are Ameila Bedelia and write the directions from her point of view. Students will need a lot of modelling with this activity!!!!

3. Write you own example with the students to show them how humorous and creative they can be!

4. Plan for a few days with this writing activity!

3. Have fun.... Don't forget to share those directions in the authors chair!

October 18, 2009

Halloween Read Aloud

I love this time of year. I can read fun books to my students about ghosts, goblins, and pumpkins!

Here is a book I just love:

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat

So many activities could be done with this story (There are just not enough days before Halloween to do them all).

Primary Lesson Idea:

1. Read aloud the story.

2. Talk about the reading concept of sequence. Then talk about the sequence of events in the story.

3. With little ones, use cut out pictures and have the students glue them in order on paper. With older kidos, use both pictures and a sentence to create a sequence chart.

Third and Fourth Graders:

1. Read aloud the story.

2. Talk about the pattern of the text.

3. Make a list of other October/Halloween words.

4. Have students create their own " There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A ---------------- " story. You could even do this with partners!

5. Publish and share stories in your authors chair. Or better yet, go read these stories to a kindergarten or 1st grade classroom.


Happy Reading!

October 8, 2009

My Favorite Poem

I love poetry!

There are so many ways a poem can be used in a classroom. Today I am going to share some of my favorite lessons that I use with my favorite poem.


Sarah Sylvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out" by Shel Silverstein

There is SO MUCH to do with this poem!

Here a few of my lesson ideas I have done in my room over the years:


1. Visualization: I begin the lesson by asking the students to draw their favorite dessert. We discuss the different responses. I then say how I can see all these desserts in my head. I even draw my own dessert and describe it with details. Next, I have my students listen as I read aloud the
first section of "Sarah." I ask them to draw what see in their minds and write words that show me those pictures. We do this two more times as I finish the poem.

Then I read the poem a second time so students can add more details to their pictures and more words to their list. We then share our drawings and the words that made out pictures in out head more vivid.

Kids really love this activity! I have even taught it in a special education room.

2. Alliteration: This poem is filled with this poetic device. It is even in the title. I introduce the concept and give some examples. Then each student gets a copy of this poem and reads it aloud to a partner. The partners then underline all the examples of alliteration. We then write our own alliteration poems and share them with the class. I ask the audience to listen for new examples from the poems to reinforce the concept.

3. Word Choice: This is a great way to teach this writing trait. First I hold up an empty mini trash can. I ask the kids to describe it which isn't easy because it is empty. I then add different objects to the trash bucket and use descriptive words and then discuss word choice. Next, I read the poem to my students asking the students to write the descriptive word and phrases that stick out. After my second reading of the poem, we discuss the word choice the author used and why. The students attempt to write their own poem to reflect word choice.


Oh... Remember to take to gargabe out!