Sunday, November 22, 2015

12 Books of Christmas Giveaway!

Hey There! 

I am Christina from Mrs. Winter's Bliss. I have been teaching 1st grade for 20 years...WAIT, what? How did that happen? I cannot be THAT OLD! Anyway, I am excited to be linking up with 11 other amazing bloggers to share some of our favorite holiday books and FREEBIES with you! 

Along with the freebies for each book, we are also giving away a copy of each book. Make sure to read through to the end of the post to grab the freebies and a chance to WIN ALL 12 books! 

I chose to share the book Junie B. First Grader Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.) by Barbara Park. 

If you are like me and my 1st graders you already know what a hilarious and relatable character Junie B. is to us. This book is no exception! 

It’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to celebrate. When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with Tattletale May! Junie B. thinks maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves. This book has a sweet kindness message at the end.

My freebie is a packet of text dependent comprehension questions. I use them with my small group“independent” readers who are ready to dig deeper into what they are reading. Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.) 2.5 (DRA 24) reading level.

There are 2 text dependent questions for students to provide a written response for each chapter. Also included are character analysis graphic organizers. 

When I meet with my small group I have them bring their book and reading response sheet from the previous chapter they completed independently.

First, we discuss the main events of what they read and each child shares their responses to the comprehension questions assigned previously.  I give my students time to comment or question other student’s responses in the group.

Next, we preview vocabulary words in context to clarify meaning before they read independently.

I highlight the vocabulary words in the books so students can easily find them while we preview AND so students recall them as a word we discussed while reading independently. 

Last, each child reads the chapter and completes responses independently before our group meets again.

My students greatly enjoy the independence, have continued or ignited their love of reading, have become much better at writing responses to text dependent comprehension questions, and can better communicate their thinking with other students.

Of course you could use these response sheets to practice the rigorous text based written responses after reading aloud the book to your whole class, or as homework for individual students. 

You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking the picture or {here}! 

Thanks so much for stopping by! Before you hop onto see my friends, Angela and Kelley over at Glyph Girls, don't forget to grab my number! Each blogger will have a number at the end of his/her post. Collect all the numbers along the way, and when you're done, add them all up and enter the total number in the Rafflecopter below!

Good luck, happy hopping!

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  1. Love the highlighting in the book idea!!!
    Thanks for sharing that!

    Stuckey in Second

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  3. I teach fifth grade, but I have a group of struggling readers who do well with the Junie B. Jones books. I love that this book is seasonal...and I am almost completed with their current chapter book. This is a great suggestion. Thanks so much for sharing the idea...and the freebie.

    The Organized Plan Book

    1. Angela, I am so glad you can use it with your students! Thanks for hopping by! :)