Coconut Tree

Character 11

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Book Synopsis: Lowercase letters decide to hang out at the top of a coconut tree- not a good idea when everyone shows up.

Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)

Alphabet (K.7A), Writing/Oral Language: Rhyme (K.1A, K.4B, 1.1C, 5.5D) Sequencing (K9f, 1,9G, 2.8h, 3.5f, 4.5k, 5.5l) Cause and Effect,(4.5G, 5.5J)

Creating the Costume: I took an old white shirt, dyed it brown and used fabric paint and stencils to paint letters on the shirt.  A headband and felt were used to make leaves and coconuts.

Delivery:  This is a short read, and even though it is simple, was a good way to work on rhyme, sequencing and cause and effect. (Different groups had a different focus).

Sometime this week there be a sweet treat,

A cool character for you all to meet

Let’s see if we can figure out

Who it is without a doubt

So let us explore,

Let us learn more

 

Clue number one

The character is from a book, isn’t that fun?

Clue number two

It’s a plant that’s almost through.

Clue number three

Things have been just climbing up this tree!

Clue number four

A great big boom might be in store.

 

Max from Where the Wild Things Are

Character 10


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Book Synopsis: A misbehaving boy gets sent to bed without dinner and goes on an adventure

Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)

Reading: Predictions (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K), Synonyms (2.2D, 2.7C, 3.4B, 4.4B, 5.4C) Writing: Descriptions (2.12B,3.9, 4.7, 5.7)

Creating the Costume: It’s difficult to see from these pictures, but my favorite part of this character costume was the tail I made by felting some black yarn with a cat comb.  Spending a day at school in sweatpants and a hoodie was pretty nice too.

Delivery:  This is a fun book for reading aloud and to show students how cleverly Maurice Sendak used his illustrations to tell the story.  Once again, predictions were worked on as were synonyms and writing good descriptions.

 

Sometime this week there be a sweet treat,

A cool character for you all to meet

Let’s see if we can figure out

Who it is without a doubt

So let us explore,

Let us learn more

 

Clue number one

The character is from a book, isn’t that fun?

Clue number two

He’s a boy who does something he’s not meant to do.

Clue number three

He goes off and wondrous things he does see.

Clue number four

Strange monsters are in store!

Book A Day

I love reading.  I love talking about what I’m reading. I love being in book stores and libraries and sitting on my couch for hours with a book.  However, even with all this love, I there still will be long periods of time where I am not reading much.  When I do get back to reading, it’s like “why did I ever stop?”

I also love a challenge, and Donalyn Miller (one of my idols) has managed to combine these two loves of mine.

Reading Is Its Own Reward: Summer Reading and the 7th Annual #Bookaday Challenge.

One book a day for every day of the summer?  I’m there.  It’s happening.  I’ve even added my own level to this challenge.  I’m challenging myself to read a book a day and post a video each day of either the book being read or a book talk of the book.  You can follow along by viewing our new Read Aloud page.

Sal

Character 9


Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Book Synopsis: A girl and her mother are picking blueberries for a canning but soon end up splitting up and encountering bears.

Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)

Reading: Predict (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K)  Sequence (K9f, 1,9G, 2.8h, 3.5f, 4.5k, 5.5l) Math: Counting & Correspondence

Creating the Costume:  I  spent ALL summer trying to find overalls at a thrift store (paying full price for some at any other store wasn’t something I wanted to do) and had even used my rudimentary sewing skills to turn a denim dress into overalls (not a good outcome).  So I was SUPER excited when I finally found these overalls (especially since overalls appear more than once in the rotation.)  Some sandals from the kids section of the same thrift store (sometimes it is good to have baby feet) a bucket from the Target dollar section, a white turtle neck and a bear from my mom and I had Sal.

Delivery:  It was really neat for me as a book nerd to introduce students to a classic that they had not heard of.  I did not use the math focus when I did this book, but we did predict and sequence.  Also, we happened to be working on welded chunks with decoding and the book had “ink” and “unk” (every time a blueberry was put in the pail the book went “plink” and “plunk”).

Web Wednesday: Quizlet.com

Quizlet Screenshot

What is it?:

Quizlet.com is a site that you can use for free to create flash cards of any kind. In the free portion, you can create sets of cards and search any public made cards.  There is an upgraded “teacher” version that gives you access to a few other features but the free version is plenty awesome!

Who is it for?:

Quizlet can be for educators, students, and parents.  Educators can use with the class, students can make their own study guides, and parents can help their kiddos study or they can use this if they homeschool.

Why use it?:

Quizlet has some pretty cool features.  You have more options than just flash cards.  Once your “set” is made, you can test, learn, spell, scatter, and race.  Each of these features provides a scored and or timed activity directly related to the information you place on the sets.  You can test on the computer or print the tests out.  Each time you generate a test, it will mix up the questions for you.  One option even mixes up the responses and goes between all of the definitions (answers) you place with the terms (questions).  If you don’t feel like making your own cards, you can search the site by keywords and see if someone else has done the work for you.  I searched by both SOL and ASOL today and found direct results!

Favorite aspects?:

There is so much to love about this site that I don’t think I can pick one favorite aspect.  I do LOVE the option to print my tests or have the students do them on the computer.  I also LOVE that the tests shuffle each time I generate one!  Great site and highly recommend it.  There are so many options and they can benefit a lot of people!

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