Once Upon an Alphabet! Another Book Talk Tuesday (with a freebie of course!)

Welcome back to another Book Talk Tuesday!
This week, I am talking about an Alphabet book!
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers!
This book is a fun way to get your kiddo writing their own alphabet stories!
Once Upon an ALphabet by Oliver Jeffers!  Another Book Talk Tuesday with a Writing Freebie!

I LOVE this book!  It has a short story for each letter of the alphabet!
They are fun, silly, and sure to spark the interest of your students!

I have to say, I am so excited about finding book trailers on You Tube!  Isn't that awesome?
Book trailers! (Maybe I am seriously behind the times, but I love them!)

As soon as I read this book, I wanted to sit down and write some alphabet stories of my own!
My kiddos did too!
This book is too long to read in one reading, but we read it over several days.  The kiddos often wanted to reread the stories of the letters that begin their names.
We really got a kick out of this book.
So, my little freebie is a form for your kiddo to write their own Alphabet Stories!
They choose a letter, usually the first letter of their first name, and then make a list of words that begin with that letter.  Then, they use the words in the list they made in their story!

Once Upon an ALphabet by Oliver Jeffers!  Another Book Talk Tuesday with a Writing Freebie!


If you don't have this book and would like to get a copy for yourself, you can find it here using this affiliate link (affiliate links provided to fund future Book Talk Tuesday book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!


I hope your kiddos enjoy this book as much as mine did!
Leave me a comment about a book you would like to see me talk about!  If I use your book idea, I will send you a product from my store!


Sight Word Fun with Sight Word Mazes!

Ah, sight words.  They need to be taught, and retaught, then taught again.  It is so well worth the time when your kiddos are reading fluently, but not much fun to teach all the time.  I have a fun thing to share about something new I started in my classroom the other day. So far, so good!

Practicing sight words using sight word mazes!  These are a fun way for your kiddos to practice their sight words!

So, this year we decided to forgo weekly spelling tests and focus more on Word Work.  We have five sight words a week, then focus on a chunk or chunks of those words for word work for the week.
This week we had ou and ow words.
Everyday during morning meeting we do a fun movement activity to go with our sight words.  I have these cards from Dr. Jean I found a million years ago!  
Then, we write them in our word collectors and highlight the chunks.
We use them in sentences, build them with cut out letters, etc.
Well, after half a year the routine was getting a little boring well, routine!
So, I made this fun little product to spice things up a bit!
Practicing sight words using sight word mazes!  These are a fun way for your kiddos to practice their sight words!

I thought that the kiddos would get a kick out of something new. 
Wow!
I had no idea how excited they would be!
Practicing sight words using sight word mazes!  These are a fun way for your kiddos to practice their sight words!

I made them into mini-books, explained the directions and let them go to town!
I went walking around the room listening and I heard things like:
"This is so cool!"
"I just beat the w!"
"I just beat the T!  It was super easy!"
"I'm on the s in outside!"
"How do you beat the O?"
Evidently the kiddos found the O the toughest!
I made copies for my teammates as well, and a little boy from my neighbors class came over specially to thank me for making them he liked them that much!  That made my day!

Each page has the word done with letters that have mazes in them!  Thank you to Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Designs!  
Each page also has lines for the kiddos to write a sentence using the word.
Of course we know that they kiddos need to be able to read the words in context, so each mini-book has a passage with the words  in it that the kiddos have to find and color code (they even thought that part was fun!)
Practicing sight words using sight word mazes!  These are a fun way for your kiddos to practice their sight words!

The sight words that I used in this product are the Grade Two Dolch Words.  
I am working on making them for the 1st grade Dolch Words and 3rd grade as well.
If you have another list of sight words that you would like to see me make, drop me a note in the comments!  I would love to hear what you think!
If you are interested in getting this product for yourself, you can click on any of the pictures, or find it HERE!

If you would like to try them with your class before you purchase them, you can find the mini-book in the pictures HERE for free!  
Practicing sight words using sight word mazes! Fun Freebie! These are a fun way for your kiddos to practice their sight words!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
:)





Book Talk Tuesday: Making Inferences with Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis

Here I am again!  Another Book Talk Tuesday!
We are working on Making Inferences this week in second grade.  Inferring can be tough for second graders, so we practice a lot!
This week we are Making Inferences with Carson Ellis'
Du Iz Tak!

Making Inferences with Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis with a comic book freebie!

This beautifully illustrated book is sure to be LOVED by your class.
A series of bugs (speaking bug no less) find a sprout and are curious to see what it is all about.
They decide to put it to use, but have to contend with a spider, a bird, and a flower.  All the while there is a caterpillar who is going through metamorphosis and some helpful neighbors who watch with interest the goings on of the young insects!


Here is fun Youtube video that shows some of the pages of the book:

This book is perfect for making inferences (unless of course you or your students are fluent in bug).  There are plenty of clues in the pictures and text for your students to infer what the bugs are saying and doing.

Of course, I have a freebie for you!
This page has a reminder of how you make an inference, plus a few recreated scenes from the book so your kiddos can infer what the bugs are saying! Click on the picture to get your copy!

Making Inferences with Du Iz Tak by Carson Ellis with a comic book freebie!

If you don't have this book and would like to get a copy for yourself, you can find it here using this affiliate link (affiliate links provided to fund future Book Talk Tuesday book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Is there a book you would like for me to review and make a freebie for?  Make a comment and let me know!




Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) Book Talk Tuesday

This week I am talking about Snappsy the Alligator!  (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) by Julie Falatko.
This is a hysterical story about, you guessed it, Snappsy!  Of course, there will be a free Reading Response at the end!

Book Talk Tuesday: Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) with a reading response to accompany the book!  See the book trailer and read about how I use it in my second grade classroom!

My kiddos LOVED this book!  Poor Snappsy didn't want to be in this book, yet and annoying narrator is following him around describing his every step! 
I love it that you can find some book trailers on Youtube!  
Here is the one for poor Snappsy.


He doesn't eat small woodland creatures, he goes to the grocery store!  It's just a coincindence that he likes a multitude of foods that being with the letter P! He decides that maybe this party thing isn't so bad.  He also discovers that the narrator isn't so bad after all! 

As a class we discussed narrators and what they do.  We also did some acting!  One person did some things in our classroom and another played the narrator.  It was a lot of fun!
We also spent some time with Party Planning!  We had a big discussion about what one needs to throw a party, then we worked on the Reading Response to help Snappsy throw HIS next party!
We had a lot of fun discussing music, food (lots of P foods), and decorations!
I hope that your kiddos enjoy Snappsy, the Narrator, and the Reading Response too!
Book Talk Tuesday: Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) with a reading response to accompany the book!  See the book trailer and read about how I use it in my second grade classroom! Book Talk Tuesday: Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book!) with a reading response to accompany the book!  See the book trailer and read about how I use it in my second grade classroom!


If you don't have this book and would like to get a copy for yourself, you can find it here using this affiliate link (affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!

Thanks again for stopping by!  Do you have a suggestion for a book you would like me to talk about and make a reading response for?  I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! :)





Book Talk Tuesday: Shy with a Free Reading Response

Welcome to another Book Talk Tuesday!  I am so glad that you stopped by!
This week I want to talk about Shy by Deborah Freedman.  I found this book in a list of the best books of last year by the Nerdy Book Club!   You can find their post about this lovely book HERE.
So, without further ado:
Book Talk Tuesday: Shy by Deborah Freedman. Freebie reading response!  Great book for teaching making predictions, making connections, problem/solution, and understanding others.

Oh my goodness!  This is an absolutely beautiful book!  The illustrations are gorgeous.
This is a book about Shy, who is, as you can probably guess...shy.
He prefers to live between the pages of a book.  His favorite books are the ones about birds.
He finally gets to see a bird in real life!  I won't ruin the book for you, but it is lovely.
This is a great book for predictions, understanding the feelings of others, making connections, and problem and solution.
My freebie is great for book clubs, read aloud, or as a response when the kiddos read the book on their own!

        
I used this book as a read aloud.  Before reading the kiddos used the reading response to make a prediction about what we think the book will be about. I tell the kiddos to make sure that they pay close attention to what is going on in the pictures, and stop periodically for the kiddos to write down what is happening in the illustrations.
We also talk about and write down who the characters are and what the problem is!
Then when the story is over we finish filling in the response with how the problem gets solved and what connections we made with the story.
I always give the kiddos time to discuss the story when we are finished.
My kiddos really liked this story.  We had a lovely discussion about what it means to be shy and how we could help others who are shy to feel more comfortable.

If you are looking for other reading responses that could be used with this book, or any book, I have a whole Reading Response Product!  

Reading Responses to go with any book!  Just print and go!  These are also made to be easily made into journals!  Included a rubric for taking grades!

These are low prep, just print and go!  If you prefer to have enough for a week or a month of responses,  print, staple, and cut to make reading response journals!  It also includes rubrics to take grades on your kiddos responses!



If you don't have this book and would like to get a copy for yourself, you can find it here using this affiliate link (affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!



I have bought several books lately to talk about during Book Talk Tuesday!


Comment below with the book you would like to see next and your e-mail address.  If I choose the book you suggest, I will send you my Reading Response Journals for free!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Book Talk Tuesday: They all Saw a Cat

Welcome back to another Book Talk Tuesday!
Today I want to talk about a wonderful book called: They All Saw Cat by Brendan Wenzel.  Hang in there!  I have a little freebie for you at the end! :)

They All Saw a Cat: Book Talk Tuesday with a freebie lesson about perspective!

This lovely little book is all about perspective!  As you go through the pages, the cat doesn't change, you just get to see the cat from the eyes of the other characters in the story.
This book is a wonderful way to introduce the concept of perspective to your students.  Each character in the story who sees the cat sees him from their perspective!  
You need to check out this book trailer!  The cat is adorable...from most perspectives!


Before reading the story, I have the kiddos draw a picture of a cat and talk to their partners about what they drew.  Did they draw a cat from the top? From the side?  From the front or back? What perspective did they draw the cat from?  
Talk about how your perspective is how one sees things.
Discuss with your kiddos how people see things differently because of where they are, and how they feel about things. Is your picture different if you love cats?  Don't like cats?  Are allergic to cats?

Then, as you read the story, stop and have the kiddos write or draw how each of the characters "see" or perceive the cat.  

When you are finished reading the book, have the conversation about why each of the characters sees the cat the way they do!  

This would also be a great segue way into having empathy and for others when conflicts occur.  Everyone has a different way of seeing things and there is no right or wrong way, just different. 

This is book would make a great addition to any classroom library!

As promised!  Here is your freebie!



If you don't have this book and would like to get a copy for yourself, you can find it here using this affiliate link (affiliate links provided to fund future book purchases!) I make a small commission at no extra cost to you!  Thanks for your support!


I would love to know!  Is there a book you would like to see me talk about on Book Talk Tuesday?
Leave me a comment below!




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