If you purchased the Teacher's Notebook Moore, OK pack then you bought this little gem by Ashley Reed:
This pack was literally my saving grace this week. While most of you are enjoying your summer break by the pool or in some exotic location (i.e. ANYWHERE but a school building) we are still in school mode for another 12 days. I don't know why we go so late. As soon as the pool opens these kids check out. Behavior is atrocious, and with all our end of year assessments already done and state standardized tests almost done, the teachers have pretty much checked out as well. A common phrase among my teammates this time of year is, "Is anyone planning on doing any legitimate teaching today?" We joke of course. There is still plenty to teach, just no more steam left to do it.
ANYWAY. Back to the reason for this post. When I downloaded Ashley's Jonathan London Author Study pack I knew this was going to come in handy in these last few weeks of school. My kids loved the Froggy books and I feel silly that I never realized they opened the door for so many teachable moments. Onomatopoeia, sequencing, procedural writing, character traits, cause and effect, comparing nonfiction and fiction, fact and opinion, parts of speech, and the list goes on.
My kids had so much fun with these books I decided to type up a quick Reader's Theater to go with Froggy Bakes a Cake. I have to admit I haven't had much success with Reader's Theater this year but I thought I would give it another go with Froggy. They were HILARIOUS. I tried to include as many sound words as possible and the kids practiced and practiced to make sure they all did their "flop, flop, flops" at the same time. I've also never seen such enthusiasm, fluency and expression during a Reader's Theater before. After exhausting my teammates. I sent out an email to the staff asking for classrooms for my kids to go perform. Pretty soon I was sending groups all over the school for repeat performances. The preschool teacher even called after a group performed and said, "They were hilarious! Can they come back for my PM class?" Unfortunately I didn't think to take pictures or video. If you'd like a copy, I'm posting it as a freebie in my TPT shop here.
We focused on a different story each day of the week, culminating in this adorable Froggy craftivity on Friday:
|missy = messy|
|Froggy with eyelash extensions?|
|future teacher in the making|
|Seriously debating whether or not Froggy's name is a sound word. They were thrown off by the large print.|
|Christmas in Ju-- er.. May.|
Oh, speaking of silly... here's a little anecdote from Friday. While walking down the hall, one of my students said "Ms. Moler, (giggle) I don't want to embarrass you (snort, giggle, giggle) but you have something stuck to the back of your shoes (giggle giggle giggle)."
... they were the pom poms on the back of my tennis socks. Gotta love second graders!