Sunday, January 17, 2016

So in Love...With Books Giveaway & Freebie!

Hey Friends!

I am Christina from Mrs. Winter's Bliss. I have been teaching 1st grade for 20 years. If you teach 1st you know what a special year it is completly exhausting  magical!  :) Anyway, I am excited to be linking up with 11 other amazing bloggers to share some of our favorite Valentine's Day 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. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentime 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 a mushy gushy mystery! 

In this story Junie B. can't wait to see all the valentine cards she'll get, but she never expected a big mushy card from a secret admirer! Who is the mystery guy? Junie B. is determined to find out! 

This book will make your students laugh out loud! I love the ending, such a sweet message of kindness!

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 and the Mushy Gushy Valentime is a 2.1 (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 on to see my friend, Tori over at Tori's Teacher Tips, 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. This is great--I love the idea of highlighting the words in their own books for an easier time finding them. I'm going to use that.

  2. My students love reading Junie B. Jones. Thanks for the sharing the great response sheets.

  3. My student love June B. Jones, too! I think is going to help my students with their text dependent responses. Thank you!