Thursday, April 17, 2014

Prep for the "Big Test" read alouds with free downloads.

Testing?  Again?  Blah!

It's that time of year again... Time for the dreaded standardized testing.  Here are two favorite read alouds to use the week before testing and some freebies to go with them!  

 Testing Miss Malarkey By: Judy Finchler
This is definitely a favorite at testing time! Below you will find an activity that reviews "point of view" to go along with this read aloud.      

The Big Test  By: Julie Danneberg
Mrs. Hartwell is back from First Day Jitters!  She is getting her class ready for "The Big Test" and this humorous story may ease a little of that test anxiety in your room!  Why not learn a few new words while we're at it?  This is a vocabulary foldable to be used with the book.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

20 Titles for teaching Point of View

20 for Point of View
Teaching "Point of View" can be a rather abstract concept for young children.  These mentor texts should elicit some valuable discussion and make these standards easier to teach!

The Butterfly House  By:  Eve Bunting

Spunky Tells All  By:  Ann Cameron

The Pain and The Great One By: Judy Blume

Soupy Saturdays with The Pain and The Great One By: Judy Blume

Diary of a Spider By: Doreen Cronin

Diary of a Fly By: Doreen Cronin

Diary of a Fly By: Doreen Cronin

Memoirs of a Goldfish By: Devin Scillian

Once I Ate a Pie By:  Patricia MacLachlan and Emily M. Charest

I Didn't Do It  By: Patricia MacLachlan and Emily M. Charest

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs  By: Jon Scieszka

Believe me, Goldilocks ROCKS  By: Jean Loewen

Honestly, Red Riding Hood was Rotten! By: Jean Loewen

Seriously, Cinderella is SO ANNOYING! By: Jean Loewen

Hey, Little Ant By: Phillip Hoose

Letters from the Campaign Trail: LaRue for Mayor By: Mark Teague

Detective LaRue: Letters from the Investigation By: Mark Teague

LaRue Across America  By: Mark Teague

Dear Mrs. LaRue : Letters from Obedience School

Two Bad Ants  By: Chris Van Allsburg

Monday, December 10, 2012

7 Books for Susan B. Anthony ~ American Hero

Susan B. Anthony ~ An American Hero
(3rd grade GPS ~ Georgia)

Marching with Aunt Susan

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Heart on Fire
Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President
Susan B. Anthony
Susan B. Anthony

Elizabeth Leads the Way
This one is really about Elizabeth Cady Stanton, but she and Susan B. Anthony worked so closely together that this book would be appropriate for your Susan B. Anthony lessons too.

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The Ballot Box Batte

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If you Lived when Women Won Their Rights

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Rabble Rousers: Twenty Women Who Made a Difference

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Books to teach the Questioning Strategy

16 Titles to Help you Teach the Questioning Strategy

Charlie Anderson

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Fly Away Home

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The Wednesday Surprise

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Knots on a Counting Rope

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Appelemando's Dream

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Grandmother's Pigeon
Grandmother's Pigeon
Grandfather's Twilight

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How Many Days to America?

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The Lotus Seed

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The Stranger

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The Three Questions

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Chicken Sunday

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The Wall


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The Sweetist Fig

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Grandfather's Journey

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Great Books for Ending the Year!

Here are 7 entertaining read alouds to end your year on a good note!  Happy Summer!

I Know an Old Teacher
By: Anne Bowen
I Know an Old Teacher (Carolrhoda Picture Books)

No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks!
By: Diane DeGroat
No More Pencils, No More Books, No More Teacher's Dirty Looks! (Gilbert and Friends)

Last Day Blues
By:  Julie Danneberg
Last Day Blues

First Year Letters
By: Julie Danneberg
First Year Letters

The Night Before Summer Vacation
By:  Natasha Wing
The Night Before Summer Vacation (Reading Railroad Books)

How I Spent My Summer Vacation
By:  Mark Teague
How I Spent My Summer Vacation (Dragonfly Books)

The Last Day of School
By:  Louis Borden
The Last Day of School