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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Hi all!  Well, I have to say that today I am very proud of myself.  One of my goals has been to get my newsletter up and running and be able to offer my subscribers a AMAZING freebie!  I have finally accomplished that goal!

I have put together a fun Newspaper Pick a Prompt Freebie that is exclusively for my Newsletter subscribers!  My Pick a Prompts are my best sellers in my store.  This one will not be available for sale in my store, you can only get it if you subscribe!  Click on the picture to take you to a link to sign up for my newsletter!  Once you confirm your subscription you will be sent the link to get this fun freebie!
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My Pick a Prompts are highly engaging visual writing prompts that give your students choices about what to write about!  They are perfect for Writer's Workshop, Writing Centers, Fast Finishers, and Substitute teachers.  No more "I don't know what to write about!"  Even your most reluctant writers will enjoy the silly choices!  

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Book Talk Tuesday (on Wednesday): A Unicorn Named Sparkle!

Hello again!  Today I have a fun new book to share!  A Unicorn Named Sparkle by Amy Young.  I also have a freebie Story Map to go along with the story at the end of the post!


Unicorn books are very popular now a days!  This is an adorable little book about a little girl who sends off a quarter to get a unicorn that she plans to name Sparkle When her unicorn shows up, it isn't exactly what she had in mind, but she grows to love her less than perfect unicorn friend!  
This book has a lot of great ideas for conversations with your class.
  • Persuasive Advertising
  • Getting what you pay for
  • Taking responsibility
  • Don't judge a book by it's cover
  • The power of love and friendship
This is also a great book with a clear problem and solution so it's perfect for using with a story map!  Of course I have made a fun little Story Map freebie for you! 

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!) 






Book Talk Tuesday (with a freebie): The Princess and the Pony!

Welcome back for another Book Talk Tuesday!  This week I want to share with you an adorable book by Kate Beaton: The Princess and the Pony!


If you have not yet discovered The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton, you need to go out and get it RIGHT NOW!  Don't worry...I'll wait.

This book has it ALL!  Warriors, battle, intrigue (new square balls), cozy sweaters, and the cutest, roundest, pony (who has a bit of a farting problem).  What more could one want in a book?
All Princess Pinecone wants for her birthday is a big, fast, warrior horse.  Her parents try...you can't so no to a birthday gift right?
You will have to read this little gem to find out what happens!
I have to tell you, my kiddos LOVED this book.  It is one of the most popular titles in my library right now.  

It was a great book to go along with teaching about how characters change from the beginning of the story to the end, and to teach about character traits.  I have a little Character Trait freebie for you to go along with this story. 


If you don't have this book already, you can find it through this 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 again for stopping by!  

Book Talk Tuesday: The Animals' Santa!

I LOVE reading Christmas stories to my students!  They get so excited!  So, this week is a Christmas story by Jan Brett (and come on, who doesn't love Jan Brett).  The Animals' Santa!

The Animals' Santa is beautifully illustrated Christmas Story just like all of Jan Brett's books!
It is a story of Little Snow and his brother discussing the Animals' Santa.
Little Snow is not sure that he believes that there is an Animals' Santa who brings all of the animals gifts at Christmas.
My kiddos really enjoyed this story!  When we finished reading, we did a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the Animals' Santa with our Santa!  They really enjoyed the book and the activity!
You can get your own Venn Diagram Freebie HERE!


If you love Jan Brett she also has a webpage full of great stuff!!!  You can find it HERE.


If you don't have this book already, you can find it through this 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!


One more week of December Daily Deals!

Here we go again!  One more week of amazing deals on TpT!  Search the hashtags each day to find great December deals!  

Here is what is going on in my store this week!

#MERRYMONDAY
$1 Deals on:
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#2FORTUESDAY
Two Products for 50% off!
and


#WINTERWEDNESDAY


#THRIFTYTHURSDAY


You'll have to follow me on FB to find out my freebies on Friday!  

See you there! :)



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