6.17.2014

Let's Talk About Books: Daily 5: Second Edition




It's Tuesday so that means I'm linking up with Deanna Jump again for Book Talk Tuesday!  

I'm sure by now you've all heard that "The 2 Sisters" have come out with their 2nd Edition of The Daily 5.  I read the first edition last summer and I was so excited to implement it in my first grade classroom.  But then with the combination of the busyness (yes, that's a word, I looked it up!) of the beginning of the year, trying to keep my head above water as it was my first year teaching first grade level, and the fact that no one on my team used the Daily 5 meant that my implementation of it went to the back-burner.

Don't get me wrong, I did take bits and pieces of it (Listen to Reading, Read to Self, Word Work) and use it during Literacy Stations when I was doing small-group reading interventions but not how I really wanted to.  We didn't talk about stamina, my kids surely didn't have a choice in what they would do each day - and don't even ask me how many "stations" they got to do each day.

And that's why I'm so excited about this 2nd Edition of The Daily 5.  "The 2 Sisters" have come back with a few tweaks to the components of Daily 5 that make me feel like this is the year I'm going to have a classroom with independent readers that each have a sense of responsibility & urgency for their reading success.  



No longer do we have to do all 5 choices each day (thank God!) and we have more flexibility on how/when we implement each choice.  I know many teachers structured the Daily 5 to fit the needs of their students/classes but I feel like now that "The Sisters" have acknowledged and even adopted it, I'm a lot less nervous & intimidated by it.  You can get your own copy of The Daily 5: Second Edition on Amazon for less than $23.


   


I'm only on Chapter 3, but I'm pumped up and excited about the coming year and what my literacy block is going to look like.  Tell me, do you use the Daily 5?  How have you structured it in your classroom?  

If you'd like to read more book reviews from other bloggers, click on the picture at the top of this post (We <3 Books image) and you'll see a healthy list of posts!  

6.10.2014

New Blog Design & I Need My Monster!

Here I am again with my 2nd Book Talk Tuesday with Deanna Jump!  

But before I introduce my book for the week, can we please talk about my new blog design?!  I mean, OH.MY.GOSH.  I'm in love.  It's so me, I can't stop coming to my page to look at it.  Kassie at Designs by Kassie did such an amazing job.  I gave her a couple of blogs that I admired, some colors I loved and a million different patterns/elements that I'd like to see in my blog (in my head, there was no way anyone could put it all go together and it still look nice).  But she put it together so beautifully, I couldn't believe it.  You could probably tell her you wanted polka dots, plaid, and stripes in the weirdest color scheme and she could still make it gorgeous.  She was so patient when I was indecisive about options and got images to me super quick.  I don't know how she does it, but I love her!  If you need a little facelift for your blog, she is definitely your girl!  I cannot recommend her enough.  Thank you, Kassie!

So onto my book talk for the week!  My pick for the week is I Need My Monster written by Amanda Noll and illustrated by Howard McWilliam.  



Just from last week's book talk, you should know that I LOVE the illustrations in children's books.  And this book is no exception.  What kid wouldn't love the cover of this book?!  

This story opens with our main character Ethan checking under his bed for his monster.  But when he checks, find a note instead: "Gone fishing.  Back in a week. -Gabe".  You would think any kid would be so relieved they don't have a monster under their bed to scare them and then they could go to sleep soundly.  But for Ethan, that's not the case.  Ethan needs his monster to keep him in bed to keep him imagining all the scary stuff that could happen if he got out of bed.

He missed Gabe's ragged breathing, his nose-whistling, the scrabbling of his uncut claws, and his spooky green ooze.  Many substitute monsters appear but none are good enough for Gabe. 

Herbert was scary but not scary enough for Ethan.  He didn't have claws.  



Ralph's nail polished claws weren't scary enough.  



Cynthia's claws were very scary but when Ethan sees the bow on her tail, he decided he needed a boy monster.  



The fourth monster, Mack looks promising when Ethan sees his claws poke out from under the bed.  But when Mack shows his really long tongue, Ethan falls back with laughter.  (Look at cutie little Ethan here!)



Ethan's feeling really discouraged and thinks he won't be able to get any shut eye for the night.  



When all of a sudden, Ethan hears some creaking under the bed.


It's Gabe!  He's come back from his not-so-fun fishing trip. Gabe then begins with his puddle of drool, trembles the bed while he unfurls his spiked tails, and sharpens his claws on Ethan's bedpost.  



Ethan dives under his covers and pulls them up tight.  He's finally scared enough to stay in bed.  He's going to get a good night's sleep!



We read this book around Halloween time and my kiddos loved it!  We were working on organizing our thoughts in the writing process so we then wrote about our own monsters.  Here's one where I couldn't hold back my laughter.



If you'd like to buy this book, you can get it in hardcover format from Amazon for less than $13.



Check our other book recommendations by fellow bloggers by clicking on the picture below.  You'll see a huge collection of many bloggers' Book Talk Tuesdays.


6.07.2014

Giveaway!

I'm so excited to be taking part of an awesome giveaway at Stella's blog, My Kinder Garden.  The giveaway includes 16 1st grade TeachersPayTeachers products from 16 different sellers.  One of the 16 products is my very own 2014-2015 Teacher Planner - Blooming Blossoms (EDITABLE!).  Here's a preview of all 16 products:



When you make your way to My Kinder Garden, you'll be to click on the images and get more information on each product.  Hurry on over and enter!  The giveaway runs through June 14th.

6.03.2014

Book Talk Tuesday

I have one more day of school with kiddos and two additional days of inservice and then I'll be kicking off my summer with a nap on the couch!  I can't believe it's only a few days away!

Now that I'll have more time on my hands, I'm going to be joining Deanna Jump for Book Talk Tuesdays this summer.  I'm so excited to share my favorite book discovery from this school year.  Are you ready for it?... It's... Bubba, the Cowboy Prince by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by James Warhola.  I was so in love with this book after reading it aloud to my class that I took it home and read it aloud to my husband! (He so deserves teacher husband of the year!)


Our main feller in this book, Bubba, has an evil stepdaddy and two hateful, lazy stepbrothers who do nothing but boss him around the ranch.  But Bubba doesn't mind too much because he loves ranching.  Sound familiar?  That's right, it's a Texas western twist on the ol' story of Cinderella.



I love the way this book is written because while I was reading this aloud, I couldn't help but read it with a Steel Magnolias accent.  My kiddos were LOV-ING it.  Like, rolling on the floor loving it.  It is such a fun book to read and the illustrations are just so adorable.  I mean, just look at poor Bubba here being bossed my his horrible stepbrothers!


Of course, just like in the story of Cinderella, there is a ball that the whole town in invited to.  Except in this Texas tale, Miz Lurleen, the "purtiest and richest gal in the county" has too much ranch to handle all by her lonesome self and throws a ball to find herself a man that loves ranching and is as cute as a cow's ear.



 Bubba of course is laughed at with just the suggestion that he wants to go to the ball.  Cue his fairy godcow.  That's right.  A fairy godcow.  I mean, really?!  I can't even handle the cuteness.



He makes it to the ball but when his time is up, he goes back to smelling like cow patties and is the dirtiest sight to see.  And that's the moment Miz Lurleen falls in love.  Poor Bubba flees with embarrassment and just as expected leaves his boot behind.  The search is now on for the foot that fits the boot.

Now here's my favorite part - When Bubba finally gets his chance to try on that boot, Miz Lurleen recognizes him by his smell.  She has found her cowboy and they literally ride off into the sunset!  


I can't recommend this book enough.  We used this book to pick out story elements and then to compare/contrast fairy tales.  My kids were begging me to read it over and over again and then took turns checking it out at the library for weeks after.


You can get this hardcover book at Amazon.com for less than $14.  You will not be disappointed! 




Click on the picture below to see other bloggers' Book Talk Tuesday.  And let me know, what was your favorite book discovery you made this year?