Mentor Text and Writing Idea for Easter

Phew, I was almost too late for the party! I am linking up with Amanda and Stacia the sweet duo behind Collaboration Cuties and this amazing weekly party...

Today I am suggesting a fun little book for Easter. It is The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas.

It is a really simple story about the Easter Bunny's assistant - Skunk - who, whenever he gets excited lets out a bad smell.

I will be using this book in a few ways. One just for fun - it is simple but funny and we love funny.

Two as a starting off point for our persuasive writing. Easter is always a busy time with shortened weeks - so I will be using that time to review persuasive writing with this...

It is similar to the Elf Applications we did in December. Students will select a job and write a persuasive letter showing how they meet the qualifications for the job. Here is a sample:

My class loved the applying to Santa for a job so I can't wait to introduce this activity! I will post pictures soon : )

Third, we will use the book as a starting off point for reviewing procedural writing. The book includes instructions on how to decorate eggs. After they get their job they will be writing a procedure that goes with it (decorating eggs, packing, planting seeds etc.). Woohoo, two writing styles reviewed : )

Also, I was at the library today (I am pretty much there every day, but today was a long one) and I ran across a few books that I love and grabbed for my class. If you have not checked these ones out you should - they are a great way to introduce or review grammar concepts. (Sorry for the bad pics - I have a to-do list a mile long and it is Sunday night already!!!) They are a If you were a series (do not fill in the blank with inappropriate words!!). They have great definitions and examples and super cute illustrations!!

Okay, I have got to run, well hobble on my stupid ankle really, but I hope you had a great weekend and cleared off your to do list, HAHAHA!


  1. Hee Hee! I giggled when you said that skunk lets out a bad smell when he gets excited, so I can't imagine how the kiddos will react! Thanks for sharing!

    :) Ash
    The Rolly Chair

  2. Oh how cute! I'm going to have to do this persuasive pack with my kids, they loved the elf one! What a great idea! And look at all of those fun grammar books! I've never seen those before! I will have to check those out too!! Thanks so much for linking up!! And you are never late! You have all week!!
    Have a great week!

  3. I love the cover on your persuasive writing pack. Looks so cute, and a fun activity, too!

    Learning in the Little Apple

  4. I have never seen this book. Looks like bunny love! Super cute...checking it out for sure!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  5. I will have to check out those books on grammar concepts. They look great! Thanks for sharing!


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