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November 24, 2011

Happy Turkey Day !

I hope everyone has a great day! Take the time to look around and see what you are thankful for this weekend!

Enjoy your family, friends, and yummy food!

I can't wait for pumpkin pie!

November 19, 2011

A Favorite Read Aloud

Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James is a cute story about a girl named Emily who finds a whale in her backyard. She writes letters to her teacher asking him questions about whales.

I love using this book with 3rd grades. After reading aloud the book a few times, I gave students a sheet of paper that had sentences from the text. For example:

There is a whale in my backyard pond.

I fed him cornflakes.

Whales live in salt water.

Students work with a partner to cut out the sentences and put them in a T-Chart which is labelled Facts and Fiction. I check students' answers before I let them glue the sentence stripes. As students finish I give them a crossword puzzle to work on in case I need to help kidos who need more assistance.

I am sharing a copy here: Crossword Puzzle
(I hope this link works. This is the first time I am trying this.)

Another lesson I teach with this book is letter writing. Students pretend they are Emily and they want to find out another new fact about whales. We go over the rules of a friendly letter and then the students write to Mr. Blueberry. I give the letters to a different student. Then, they research the question and write a follow up letter. The students really love doing this activity!

Happy Reading!

November 14, 2011

Turkey Day Books

I have posted in the past about some activities and books to read for this time of year. I was shopping for books and found some Thanksgiving stories I have not seen before, so I thought I would share them with you!


Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman
Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon
The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty

Click Below for one of my old favorites I try to use every year:
Thanksgiving Read Aloud

Happy Reading !

November 12, 2011

Turkey Day Time!

I love this time of year! I always notice the students need a 15 minute break because they seem to be more squirrely.

This is when my quick poetry activites come into play. One of my favorites is using the poem below and then having the students draw a picture for the poem. Some years I have the students draw what they are thankful for and other years I have them draw a picture of something they are doing on their day off!

I am thankful for many things
That I just want to sing.
I am thankful for all the food that makes me drool,
And for the day off from school.


** I have had this poem for so long I am not sure where it came from maybe from http://www.gigglepoetry.com/

Happy Reading!

November 11, 2011

Thank You !

Thanks to all who serve!

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November 6, 2011

Verteran's Day

Here are a few ideas for Veteran's Day! (In honor of my Great Grand Father and my Dad!)

Veteran's Day Ideas

Veteran's Day by Fun in First

Two Books Below:
Before reading , I sometimes make charts to prepare for the text. For these books, Ask. " What is a Verteran?" We then add more answers after we learn new ideas throug hour reading!

Story: Emily’s Pop-Pop is shocked when he hears that Emily and Vincetta Louise don’t know what a veteran is. With Veterans Day coming up, he volunteers to talk to their class about the holiday and the people it honors.
** This book also talks about narcolepsy.




Story: Through the eyes of a little girl named Claire and her friend Robbie, children learn about our nation's veterans and why we honor them on Veteran's Day.


Hope these links and books help you teach this week.
Happy Reading!!