Friday, April 15, 2016

Books Teachers Love: Frog and Toad Are Friends

Welcome to Books Teacher Love! This month, I used a book with my students that we all know very well, "Frog and Toad are Friends." This book is the perfect one to use for a guided reading group.

I absolutely love how this book shows the importance of friendship.
It brings up a lot of great discussions!

When I use this book, as I said above, I like to use it during guided reading.
My higher group is very independent so I have created an activity packet for them to complete.
The students read a story in the book. Complete two pages of activities.  We come together and have a discussion.

Each stories activities are very simple and to the point. The students are given a purpose for reading, introduced to new words, they pick a question to answer and then they write about their thoughts about the story. The kids loved it and felt all grown up!! ;-)

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Books Teachers Love: April

This month, I am bringing one of my all time favorite books to you! It's called, "Help Me Mr. Mutt!" It's an awesome story about dogs who write into Mr. Mutt for some doggy help! 

I used this book to help teach students Point of View in 1st, 2nd and 3rd person.

I wrote letters from inside the book on chart paper to begin our study of POV. The kids helped me identify key words to tell if it was first, second or third person POV. 

The kids then, made mini-anchor charts to put inside their reading journals!

This book can also be used to teach letter writing! It's super funny and entertaining!

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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Books Teachers Love: March Edition

Welcome to another monthly edition of Books Teachers Love. This month I am going to be discussing a book called, "Dino-Basketball" by: Lisa Wheeler. A few years ago, during the March Madness craze, I was looking for a book to tie in with a basketball theme. I found this book. It included dinosaurs and basketball! So, basically a win, win in a first grade classroom!

The book is about plant eating and meat eating dinosaurs playing a game of basketball. It tells the story in such an exciting way! It really gets the kids engaged!

I use this book to go over a variety of concepts with the students.
I pull out these handy, dandy posters to place on my focus wall for the week.
The focus for each lesson is at the top of the poster. This is what I teach for our mini-lesson for the day! 

Here are a few examples of the mini-lessons in action!
Sometimes, the students and I do an activity together for the mini-lesson!

Here, the students and I are learning to confirm our predictions.
We do this lesson before I read the whole book.
For the lesson, I review what it means to predict. Then, I fold a piece of paper in half. The paper has a little story on it. Before I unfold the piece of paper, students predict what they think will happen next. I wrote down their responses on the anchor chart. We then, read the rest of the story. We found out we were not correct! We then learned how to use evidence from the story to tell why our prediction was incorrect!

Here is a peek at another lesson!
(Sorry for blurry pictures - this was two whole years ago!!)

In this lesson, we look at the differences between fiction and non-fiction! We compare and contrast the two. I read a non-fiction dinosaurs book to help us out with our comparisons!

Afterwards, the students completed a cut and glue activity. Then, during read to self, they explained why the book they read was fiction or non-fiction!

Throughout our time with this book, we also go over using nouns, verbs and adjectives to help us describe the setting. We learn about pronouns and we learn to use context clues to determine the meaning of new words!

For each day of the week, there are detailed lesson plans with the common core standard that is aligns to! If you're interested in using this book in your classroom, you can find the activities here.

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