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October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween !

The Mouse was a hit!
Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!!

Happy Reading!

October 29, 2010

Happy Friday !


I will be dressing up as a mouse from the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.

I hope everyone has a fun filled day at school!
Good luck with all those little ghost and goblins... or as in our school's case.. storybook characters!

October 19, 2010

I Love This Book!

Scaredy-Cat, Splat!
by: Rob Scotton

First graders love this cat! I love they way they giggle when Splat is a scaredy cat! Here is another clever story about Splat! He wants to be the scariest cat on Halloween, but when the teacher tells a ghost story in the dark, Splat isn't so brave.

We are teaching text to self connections right now. This books lends itself well to talking about what scares kids. It also gets them talking about Halloween and their costumes.
I also think this book would be a great way to talk about what it means to be brave.

Happy Reading!

October 16, 2010

Halloween Read Aloud

Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler is a cute story!

A skeleton is bothered by hiccups and his friend Ghost tries to help him get rid of them.

One way I use this book with my students is to go on a word hunt because there are a lot of sight words in this book.

In first grade, we have been making text to self connections, so this story fits right in with that reading strategy. How many kids have had the hiccups? We make connections to what Mom or Dad does at home to "cure those pesky hiccups."

I write the text on chart paper, but use post it notes to cover up certain, repetitive text. After reading the book two days in a row to the students, we look at the chart paper on the third day and see if we can "guess the missing word." We also add new words to the text to rewrite the story.

A writing activity for students is to write a new recipe to cure a skeleton's hiccups. It is interesting for kids to think what kind of medicine a skeleton would take to cure hiccups. Hang these on a bulletin board called "Halloween Hiccup Cures" until November 1st and then turn them into a class book .

Happy Reading!

October 14, 2010

Halloween Read Aloud

It's that time again.. when children's questions turn to "What are you going to be for Halloween?" I always tell my kids, " It's a surprise!"

It is also the time for my favorite Halloween books!!!

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson is a cute story about some helpful animals who find "room on the broom" of a generous witch. This clever story has rhyme, repetitive text, the theme of cooperation, and beautiful illustrations.

There are a lot of fun teachable ideas that arise from this story. With first or second graders, you could write a class version choosing different animals who take a ride on the broom.

I love writing the story's pattern on chart paper, but leaving blanks to make new versions. The kids love changing the words to make the story silly or funny!

This is also a great story to turn into a Reader's Theater or make puppets for a retell.

Click below for a few more Halloween read alouds:

October 2009 Halloween Posts

Happy Reading!

October 8, 2010

Friday Funny !

I was teaching a lesson today to one of my first grade classrooms. I had just finished reading a book about Christopher Columbus. I aksed the class to tell me what new facts they were adding to their schema.

A boy said " Columbus met Indians in the new world."

I asked, " How did Columbus know they were Indians?"

He replied " They were dressed like Indians."

I could not help but crack up! The text of the book has said "Columbus thought he was in the Indies, so he called the people he met in the new land Indians." LOL !

Happy Reading!