Monday, October 1, 2012

Ribbit!

Have you been on the lookout for complex texts to read to our firsties?  As I was thrown jumped into the common core standards, I have made a conscious effort to read more nonfiction complex texts.  Last week we read Frogs by Gail Gibbons.  She is such a great author who challenges the children to learn and me to be a better teacher.


We delved in new vocabulary, compared text and illustrations and wrote about what we learned.  The kids made flow maps showing the life cycle of a frog.  We read fiction and nonfiction books about frogs and compared them. We even made a cute craft with frog facts inside his mouth.  The frog was found on Pinterest by a fabulous new teacher to our team!  I love how new teachers always come with such super cute ideas!  Thanks Amy:)  Of course, I took a picture of the writing, but it only uploads sideways:(  WHY???



So now we are moving onto bats and spiders this week in our quest for nonfiction texts.  I have decided to do an author study on Gail Gibbons.  She has so many fabulous books for our October units: Bats, Spiders, Fire, Fire!, Halloween and Pumpkins all for the month of October!  They will be great additions to the month which is filled with so many engaging fictional stories.  Who knows, maybe we will learn a thing or two about Halloween:). 

6 comments:

  1. I just heard of Gail Gibbons last week and I already love her books!!!

    -Sharon

    The Tennessee Teacher

    I'm an education student and would love some encouraging followers to come visit me!

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    1. Thanks Sharon! Gail Gibbons is a fabulous author with so many books. You should check out amazon for a listing just to see the topics:)

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  2. LOVE Your frog ideas! To solve the sideways phot problem in Blogger, you need to open your original photo in a program like PAINT, go to ROTATE, and rotate it, and then most importantly, go to SAVE AS and save it as a .png file. When you insert it it, it will be the right way around :)

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    1. Melanie, thanks so much for the advice! I was a little green in the face like the frogs trying to figure it out! Lol:) you are a life saver.

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  3. Love Gail Gibbons! We read those SAME books for our Frog and Toad unit :) plus about 30 more that I put in the leveled reader buckets! lol

    Have fun with your Bats and Spiders! :)

    Marie
    The Hands-On Teacher in First!

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  4. Thanks Marie! I love Frog and Toad too! Looking forward to the creepy crawlies that October brings!

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