read alouds


I love my children's books! There is one that I found at the beginning of this school year that I became totally obsessed with. My students also became completely obsessed with it... like I read it to them throughout the year because they loved it so much! This cute and full of learning book is called "Cindy Moo," by: Lori Mortensen.

As you can see below, this book follows a tune that is very familiar to students. This book is about a brave cow named Cindy Moo who wanted to prove that cows can really jump over the moon! This story is just full of pure amazing-ness! We had a lot of discussion with moral or the story and inference skills (the ending is quite funny).

This is one of those books where you get to change your voice and make your kids giggle the whole way through... Can I say that this is making me really miss my kids right now. :( Oh, the memories of their cute little smiles!! 

I would have taken my own pictures of the books but they're all in a box in my sun-room--joys of moving homes and classrooms!! :) It really is a joy ha ha... I'm excited!

Anyway, my students and I focused on different skills with this book in the fall and I never got around to blogging about it! I scrounged up some old pictures to show you what kind of fun stuff we did with this book!

We read this book at the end of September or beginning of October. So, we were working on very basic skills. We worked on identifying the main character, identifying when the character is speaking and using adjectives to describe the character.

Students learned to identify when the author VS. the character is speaking in a story. We did a little "yep" hollering when I read a part where Cindy Moo was speaking. Then, we did a mini-lesson on quotation marks. I had mini-sentences on sentence strips for the students and with a partner they had to identify where to put the quotation marks. Couldn't find pictures of the actual lesson... but, here is the result. :)

Then, we worked on how a character change in a story and text-self connections. No picture of that either but these are the activities we completed!

I hope you decide to get this book for your kids! It goes perfect with a farm theme which is what we did that whole week! :) You can grab the entire unit for free right here!

I hope you enjoy! 

Now, head on over to Deanna's linky to check out other great books!!


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this. Cindy Moo is one of my favorites too.
    Primary Paradise

  2. I'm always on the lookout for books to use for character work. Thanks for sharing this!
    Growing Little Learners