Winter Books - Mentor Text Suggestions
Elementary AMC December 29, 2013
Hi everyone! I hope you all had an amazing Christmas and are enjoying your holiday. We made it to and from my family visit safely despite the ice storm but came home to no hydro. The hydro came on about an hour after our arrival only to go back out Christmas Eve!!! We went to Christmas Eve mass as usual and when we came home still no power - so no special dinner for us, no light show in the park - a trip to Wendy's for some burgers and fries in our Christmas Eve finery instead!! It made me really appreciate hydro, all of the workers who are working around the clock to restore power and those who have been without power for over a week.
I am starting to think about school now, making some plans in my head, reading blogs, finding new things to try. One of my favourite things to do the first week back is break out some winter activities and books (maybe a little hot chocolate while we read, we may make a few snowflakes to decorate our classroom, maybe a paper snowball fight to help us learn). I thought I would take a few minutes to share some winter books that I love and link up with the always amazing Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties while I was at it.
Here are some of my favourites (I know because I have them saved on my library account in a file called Winter!!).
This first book is a fabulous book to kick off any winter art lesson. The illustrations are amazing!!
I often use it before working on winter scenes. Love it!! It tells how the animals prepare for winter when it begins to snow.
I use this next book as a jumping off point for both art and writing. I am sure you have seen the snow globe art all over Pinterest. This is a great book to introduce the idea of what it would be like to live in a snow globe and to look at point of view and perspective.
When doing the snow globe writing/art I always show this video from Pixar because I love it!!!
Another book I love is...
It is all about the noises we hear in winter. A great introduction (or review of onomatopoeia).
A book I will be using later on as we move towards point of view/perspective/inferences (am I the only person who feels like these all kind of run together when you are teaching them!) is...
It tells the story of a wolf who wants to change the image of wolves in stories so he writes a story of a nice wolf who tries to solve a mystery to help others or does he...
The next two books are great for making connections!! After the winter storm we just had I am sure my students have all kinds of stories they want to share. Plus we are all keeping our fingers crossed for a snow day or two in January.
I will be using a few of the templates from this package (click on the picture to check it out) to review parts of speech and work on contractions with some of my winter books. My students love hunting through their books to find words to add to their notebooks.
I put together this package to help review parts of speech with my students. I use it as a whole group lesson then as an one of my activities during guided reading rotations. You can check it out by clicking on the picture.
That is it for today. I will be back later in the week to share some of the things I am prepping for the first week back! Keep enjoying your holidays!!