Book Talk Tuesday: Gaston


This week, I want to talk about the book Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio.
Oh my goodness!  This is the cutie patootiest book EVER!
It is about a family of french poodles and (a somewhat out of place french bulldog) Gaston.  They are all learning to be proper poodles, and no one works harder than Gaston!  He is the only boy among his sisters.  One day the poodle family decides to go to the park.  There they meet a family of french bulldogs.  They are all boys, with the exception of their poodle sister, Antoinette.  It is evident to everyone that there has been some mix up with their families, so Gaston goes home with the french bulldogs and Antoinette goes home with the poodle family.
It doesn't go well.
I won't give the whole story away, but the ending is ADORABLE!
Everything about this book is cute.

The "theme" of family is also evident.  As a class we talked about how all families are different, and that the most important thing in a family is the love that is shared.
It lead to a great discussion about the wonderful things about our families!  It leads well into a writing/response activity about families as well.  We talked about what makes our families "just right" for us.  

This book is also a Young Hoosier Book Award nominee for 2016-2017.

You can download your freebie here:

The link below is an Amazon Affiliate link.  If you would like to get your own copy you can click the link and go straight to Amazon.  If you make a purchase from Amazon I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!


Check out the link below to see some more images from this adorable book!  





Shark Week Hop with a freebie!

Take a bite out of learning

Hello all!  Thanks so much for swimming by!  Stay in the water only long enough to pick up all of your wonderful shark week freebies!

writing prompt cootie catcher


My little freebie is a Writing Prompt Cootie Catcher featuring...you guessed it Sharks!
But it is so much more!  
This Cootie Catcher is perfect for Writer's Workshop, Substitute Teachers, Summer School, Summer Packets, Writing Center, or even for story telling!  
My little freebie includes one full color cootie catcher, and the same one in black and white.
It also includes the paper for the kiddos to write their stories on!

Thanks so much for stopping by and picking up my little freebie!  It will be free until July 3rd, then I will add some more paper choices and it will be on sale for $1.50, so get it while it's hot!
Shark Week Writing Prompt Cootie Catcher

Don't forget to keep swimming to find other amazing, shark themed freebies!
Swim on over and visit my friend Marissa at Literature and Laughter!




Book Talk Tuesday: Almost Super with a Freebie!

Book Talk Tuesday: Almost Super and a Freebie!

Hello again!
Happy Tuesday!
Today our book is a chapter book.
This year my class had a really hard time settling down after lunch and recess, so I moved my daily chapter book read aloud from the end of the day to right after recess.
We read several books this year (which will be featured in upcoming posts) but this one was our favorite this year!
Almost Super by Marion Jensen is about a family of superheros (The Bailey's) and their archenemies (The Johnson's).  Every leap year the children who are 12 or older in these families get super powers at precisely 4:23 in the afternoon.  Rafter Bailey and his brother Benny have been waiting for this day their whole lives.  Until something goes awry...
This is a great book to talk about what makes someone a hero.  Is is some super power or is it just their willingness to carry on and do what is right?
We LOVED this book.  I had a hard time stopping each day because I wanted to know what was going to happen.  I also brought it home and my middle schooler loved it!
I can't wait to read it again next year, and there is a second book!
So, a little explanation about the freebie with this book.
I have read several articles lately about how doodling in class can help with memory and retention:


are just a few examples!  
So, I am going to start encouraging my students to doodle while I am reading! 
The little freebie that I made is a structured doodle sheet for the kiddos to have a purpose set for their doodling with this book. (Click on the pictures for your own copy!)

               

The link below is an Amazon Affiliate link.  If you would like to get your own copy you can click the link and go straight to Amazon.  If you make a purchase from Amazon I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I will see you next week with another book and another freebie!
What is your favorite read aloud?  Leave a comment, I would LOVE to hear from you!








Book Talk Tuesday: A Porcupine Named Fluffy with a Freebie!

Book Talk Tuesday: A Porcupine Named Fluffy with a Freebie!

Hello all!
Happy Summer Vacation.
I am starting a new series called: Book Talk Tuesday.
Each Tuesday I will be featuring a book that I love with a freebie to go with it!
This week I am talking about: A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester.
This is an adorable book about a porcupine who has some trouble with his unusual name.  I mean really, who names a porcupine Fluffy?
He is pretty upset about it until he meets a friend with an equally amusing and unusual name!
This book is adorable!  My students really enjoyed it.  We talked about many different things with this book.  

Theme has been an ongoing topic of conversation throughout this school year.  We had an ongoing chart of different themes for different books that we read this year.  We decided that the theme of this book was friendship and acceptance.
This is also a fun book to get the kiddos talking about where their names came from.  They love to share how their parents picked their name.  If they don't know, this would be a great activity!  Have your students go home and ask their parents why they chose their name.  Then, have everyone share the next day.  My own boys love their "name" stories and ask to hear them often!
Doing some research on porcupines and rhinos with this story would be fun as well.
We also talk a lot about comparing and contrasting in 2nd grade.  I made a little freebie to go with this book.  You can get yours by clicking on the picture below:

Compare and Contrast, Venn diagram


What other kinds of activities have you done with this gem?  I would love to hear about them!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

The link below is an Amazon Affiliate link.  If you would like to get your own copy you can click the link and go straight to Amazon.  If you make a purchase from Amazon I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Thank you for your support!



Planet Points: Quick Classroom tips and Tricks!


I love fun, decorative gel clings for my classroom door.
You know what I don't love?  The kiddos touching them, taking them off, dropping them on the floor, and putting them back up!
I don't like it when I can't get them to look like they do in the package.
I have a solution!

Leave the plastic backing on!

This is a picture from the back.

Everything stays right where it is meant to be and if the kiddos touch it, they won't be touching the gel!
You could even cut it into the shapes of the objects so you can spread them out!  
Here is what it looks like from the front of my door:

Gel cling idea!

Easy peasey!  When you are done, you just peel them off and stick them in a plastic baggie for next time.  Or, if you are super organized, keep the top plastic that they came with and stick it all back together!
Hope that this helps!
Thanks so much for stopping by!





Teacher Appreciation Sale! Celebrate!

Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Have you heard?
Teachers Pay Teachers is having a sale to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!
28% off with the promo code: CELEBRATE!
I can't wait!  
Enjoy!

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