Monday, March 26, 2012

17 titles for Persuasive Writing

Here are 17 titles to help you introduce and teach the ART of PERSUASION.
I hope you find them helpful.  :)

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I Wanna Iguana

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I Wanna New Room

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Hey, Little Ant

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Old Henry

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The Perfect Pet
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Stephanie's Ponytail

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I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato

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Click, Clack, Moo.  Cows That Type
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The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

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My Lucky Day

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Which Would you Rather Be?
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Can I Keep Him?

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

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Have I got a book for you!

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The Great Kapok Tree

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My Brother Dan's Delicious

Friday, March 16, 2012

4 Favorite Versions of Cinderella

The Irish Cinderlad  By: Shirley Glimo
A St. Patrick's Day Fairy Tale
The Irish Cinderlad (Trophy Picture Books)
Cinderella is a boy?  The kids absolutely loved it.  It was a unique read with some funny and very unique and surprising twists. We created the reusable fairy tale chart below to discuss the elements of fairytales. 

Three more favorite versions of Cinderella:

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Area and Perimeter ~ A literature based lesson

Spaghetti and Meatballs for All
Area and Perimeter
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All! (Marilyn Burns Brainy Day Books)
This is an awesome read as an introduction or as a quick review of area and perimeter.  Mrs. Comfort has a well designed plan for how the guests will be seated for the family reunion.  As the guests arrive, there is quite a bit of rearranging.  You can follow along on your SmartBoard using the lesson below from SmartExchange. 
Spaghetti and Meatballs for All - Literature Enhancement

The next day we explored area and perimeter with Cheez-Its.  I've seen this idea a few times on Pinterest.  I used square inch grid paper to design some interesting shapes.  The kiddos then enjoyed laying down their Cheez-its to determine the perimeter and area. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

8 for Drawing Conclusions

Drawing Conclusions and Inferring
Two very similar strategies.  Both require the reader to combine prior knowledge and experiences with the text and clues given by the author to create meaning.  The following books create questions in the reader... questions are what lead us to draw conclusions and infer.  Drawing conclusions is coming to a new understanding based on what you read.

Useful Thinking Stems:
I think...
I predict...
My conclusion is...
My guess is...
It could be that...
This could mean...
I'm thinking...
I'm figuring out...
When the text said___________ I could infer that___________...
My understanding is...
Based on _____________, my conclusion is____________...

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