Elmer the Elephant Math & Literacy

Elmer the Elephant Math and Literacy Integrated
 These are seriously my new favorite books! I had NEVER heard of Elmer the Elephant until a couple weeks ago when my teammate brought her son’s books up. I fell in love! So I made this Elmer Math & Literacy unit. I think the Elmer books are a great way to teach many different skills- Text Connections, Adjectives, Character Analysis, Colors… it goes on and on!

Author’s Message

First Grade Classroom: Author's Message
First Grade Classroom: Author's Message
I don’t know about you, but I love reading Kevin Henkes books to my students. The kids really seem to connect to the characters and their thinking really grows with the books. These books can be used for all kinds of reading skills and strategies: making connections, character analysis, comparing and contrasting, adjectives, descriptive writing, and (one of my faves) author’s message.

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Reading Response Sheets for Kindergarten, First Grade, & Second Grade

reading response sheets
I implement the Daily Five in my classroom, but I have tweaked it a bit to suit my (and my students’) needs. I do a separate writing time, so instead of the Work on Writing portion of Daily Five, I have my students use reading response sheets. I didn’t start it until around February, so I didn’t get to start it up the way I really wanted to, but I do want to share with you a few reading response sheets that I have created for my littles to choose from.
Sometimes I tell them exactly what book they have to respond to, and sometimes I let them choose from their book boxes. They fill out the sheet, cut it out, and glue it into their reading response journals. The only thing they are allowed to copy from the book is the title. I quickly check it when the rotation is over.

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