October 31, 2011
Holiday celebrations invite poetry creations and shares. Lee Bennett Hopkins selected several poems around the Halloween theme in Halloween Howls Holiday Poetry. During the fall season, it is fun to read short poems to catch your students’ attention.
A table of contents is featured at the beginning of the book with correlating page numbers. What a fun way to introduce this concept used in chapter and reference books.
Rebecca Kai Dotlich pens the poem Costume Hour. Children will relate to dressing up and imagining themselves as a fantasy character.
Sweet Tooth by Candace Pearson describes candy corn. After reading this poem, you could ask your students to write about their favorite candy, a snapshot of eating or making something delicious.
Use your imagination and have fun with poetry.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Halloween Howls:
- Sensory Description
- Making Connections
October 26, 2011
The organizer in me created a new tab on my blog. I’ve titled it Season. My literacy room holds books in baskets and boxes. Each are labeled to help me find the book I need. I have two file cabinets filled with books and writing lessons organized by theme. My top two drawers have the months of the year with encompassing holiday events neatly filed behind it. Organization helps me teach better.
So, I was trying to remember what books I had already posted within the theme of fall, Halloween, and Thanksgiving. After reviewing past October posts, I decided I needed to create a place to hold the categorized list. Thus, the Season tab. I hope you find the categories helpful as well.
What’s your favorite autumn book?
October 25, 2011
Children say the funniest things. It’s priceless catching the moment. Everyone needs some type of comic relief, and I love sharing these little bits of nothing with my colleagues.
Vowels are so important in our language. The smallest sound changes the meaning of a word.
One young first grader was writing diligently in his book during writer’s workshop. When I conferred with him, Ernie looked up with excitement in his eyes. “Mrs. Gensch, I’m writing about bulls. When I was like two years old, I went to a RADIO and saw a bull-fight. Those bulls are mean. Their horns can hurt people!”
I smiled and applauded his enthusiasm. Radio. Rodeo. Close enough.
October 24, 2011
Punctuation skills are a necessity. the marks create voice and emotion. Punctuation Celebration brings some fun into your teaching. Twelve marks are introduced with a poetic definition and a frolic poem. Examples of the punctuation usage are shared. Each one can be a mentor text for your kids. Jenny Whitehead integrates the punctuation mark throughout her illustrations.
A class book idea: Using Magazines, have your students find examples of the punctuation in advertisements and articles. Create charts or books with the cut-out strips. What a great way for children to learn how punctuation is used.
A brief one minute YouTube video highlights the author and her working area.
Savoring for reading and in writing for Punctuation Celebration:
- Creating visuals of the conventions
- Punctuation usage
October 22, 2011
Patty’s Pumpkin Patch by Teri Sloat is a hybrid text full of fun for the autumn season. I happened upon an early childhood website with class activity possibilities.
The text is written in a two-lined rhyme, describing the beauty of the fall season. Along the bottom of the pages, the alphabet is featured with upper and lower case letters. Between the letters is a zoomed in illustration featuring an animal or insect found in nature. A Junco, Pheasant, and a Vixen are a few examples. Your students could create an alphabet book about Autumn. The text lends itself to connecting with a natural science lesson.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Patty’s Pumpkin Patch:
- Class Book – alphabet structure
- Science connection – insects, birds, animals
- Agricultural setting – every day happenings for those living in a rural setting
- Timeline – spring to fall
October 19, 2011
Have I got a Book for You! – Really, I do. The voice of Mr. Al Foxword is superb. In all of his flattering-salesman pitch, Al works his magic. He begins by showing his customers are satisfied. He is the #1 seller of products that satisfy. Melanie Watt has created another attention-grabbing, fun-loving book.
I love how he engages me, the reader, into wanting his book called “Have I got a Book for You!” (Yes, it is the exact replica of the book you are reading.) The book mimics the commercial ads on everyday TV. This book would make a great mentor text for persuasive writing.
Delightfully, some fourth grade students narrate the book in the following YouTube video. It gives you a glimpse into the writerly voice Melanie Watt uses.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Have I Got a Book for You!:
- Second person narrative
- Speech bubbles
October 18, 2011
52 degrees outside, rain…
steadily falling, umbrella
warming, hoodie, long-sleeved
shirt, rain coat
towel drying the bleacher, blankets
protecting our legs, rain…rain…rain…
football player drenched, energized
on the field, play by play by
play, defense holding, offense
cheering, cheering, cheering through
to a sweet underdog
NOT dampen us to
Go Wildcats! Score!
October 16, 2011
Bill Thomson dedicates his book to his three sons. I wonder if one of his boys told a story about a dinosaur that sparked the idea for the book. Click on the author’s name and you will read about how Bill began illustrating and the start of Chalk.
Children create imaginative stories from their surrounds. Bill Thomson captures a child’s play in his wordless book, Chalk. On a rainy day , three children find a bag of chalk. Wishing for sunshine, the girl sketches the sun on the sidewalk and like magic, the sun appears. Each child drawing comes to life. With a mischievous look, the boy draws a dinosaur. The adventure begins. To view a video clip of Chalk and see Bill Thomson’s brilliant illustrations, click here.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Chalk:
- Inlay, zoomed-in picture
- Wondering – the story will leave the child wondering what may happen next
- Tension – this book will allow children to feel the tension within a story
PES new book
October 15, 2011
The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey
Autumn: An Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schur: autumn activities
Peepers by Eve Bunting: fall description
Henry and Mudge: Under the Yellow Moon by Cynthia Rylant
In November by Cynthia Rylant: autumn season
Leaves by David Ezra Stein: autumn; hibernation
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes: hibernation; seasons
The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown: autumn; changing of the season; Halloween