This week for my Mentor Text Monday, I want to tell you about a book called Hurricane! I’m not referring to the nonfiction text by Seymour Simon, but instead, a fictional text that was written by Jonathan London. This book talks through the experience of one young boy and his family as they face the danger of a hurricane that bears down on their town. There are so many great uses for this book in the classroom. This week in my classroom, we have been exploring figurative language. One of ... Read More about MTM: Hurricane!
For this week, my mentor text is Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun by Maria Dismondy. This book is about a girl who is being teased regularly by another student for being "different." As the story progresses, she struggles with how to handle the teasing and to gain the courage to face her bully. In the end, the bully and the girl become friends because of her perseverance to stay true to who she is! Unfortunately, today it seems so many kids are faced with teasing and bullying. The ideals ... Read More about MTM: Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
One of the things I try really hard to do in math is make it hands-on and engaging. That's why when it was time to practice fractions on a number line, I thought why not get a bit creative! And if you haven't learned by now, let me tell you: I LOVE hands-on learning, and hands-on fractions are no exception! Ahead of time, I took t-shirts with fractions on them (found below for you to download free!) and copied them on to colored paper. Then I cut them into squares, sorted them into ... Read More about Hands-On Fractions Fun!
This week my mentor text is Faithful Elephants by Yukio Tsuchiya. While certainly a popular book, it is not to be overlooked in its value. I absolutely love this text, but be forewarned that it is an intense book and may not be suitable for all classrooms. You would have to make that judgment call. This is a true story that takes place at a zoo in Japan during WWII. Due to all the bombs being dropped in Tokyo during the war, zookeepers were very concerned that the animals could escape ... Read More about MTM: Faithful Elephants
As adults Valentine’s Day has many different meanings… But as a kid in the elementary classroom, it has just one – candy (well, and Valentine's Day activities)! So why not take advantage of that desire and let them write about their love for candy? ...Okay, maybe not for candy specifically. Years ago I saw somewhere by somebody this project where students took conversation hearts and, well, created a conversational piece. So that’s what I did. I have always loved this project because first, ... Read More about The Horror of Conversation Hearts!