Thursday, November 13, 2014

Positive Thinking Thursday

It's Thursday again, 
and that means it's time for some positive mojo.

So here goes...

Stop by Jennifer's Blog to check out this week's other positive thoughts.
Even better, post your own and join us in lifting each other up.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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Wordless Wednesday

How do you get kids to interact with the text during a read aloud?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Loved That Lesson!

Today I am linking up with my buddy Meg over at 
to share one of my favorite lessons to do around Thanksgiving.

This is my version of a strategy called Sketch to Stretch.
I use this strategy to keep the kids engaged during certain read alouds.

For this one, I used the book,

I chose 8 different places in the story to stop.
I have the kids fold a blank piece of paper into eight spaces and number them.

As I read aloud, I do not show the cover illustration or any of the pictures.
As I reach each of the places I have marked to pause,
I say, "Ready, draw!"
They have 2-3 minutes to draw in that box what has happened so far in the story.
They must draw for the whole time, adding details that they remember from the story.
When the 2-3 min. is up, they put their pencils down and I continue reading until the next pausing point.  I repeat with all of the 8 spots I have marked in the story.

Here are some completed examples from Turk & Runt.

It's a great (and novel) way to do a quick check for comprehension
it keeps the kids paying attention while you are reading.

I have done this activity with several picture books and even with chapters from a novel.

My kiddos and I L♥VE That Lesson!

Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving picture books.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Word Play With William Steig

Happy Friday!

Do you like playing with words?
Word puzzles?
Brain teasers?

I love them, so I thought I would share with you a couple of fun books I discovered a few years ago.

Can you figure this out?

(HINT:  It's how I feel on Friday afternoon.)

It's from this book by William Steig

To figure out his word puzzles, all you have to do is read the letters, numbers, and symbols aloud.
If at first you cannot figure it out, look at the clever illustrations for clues.
Some are easy.
Some are hard.
But it is fun to try to decode these word puzzles.

Kids will have a great time trying to figure them out too!
My class loved them!

Did you figure out the one above?

I haven't any energy.

Here's another one...

Not too bad, huh?

the ones from the first book, C D B! are easier for younger students.

This book,

has ones that are a little trickier.

Both books include an answer key at the end of the book.
I will reluctantly admit that a couple of them even stumped me.

I think this would be a fun writing activity to do with the older kiddos, or maybe as a challenge for your higher students.  Have them create their own.

Maybe I'll try this the next time I substitute...

I love William Steig and have used many of his books over the years.
Here are a few of my favorites.

Here's a little goody I made for this favorite of mine earlier this year.

If you use C D B! or C D C? with you kiddos,
I would love to see what they come up with.

Have fun!
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