Sunday, January 13, 2013

Currently Catching Up

Hello my long lost friends. I promise; I am still around, and our class is still working hard. I have found myself lost, once again, in one of my favorite stories. This is precisely why, on most occasions, I choose not to read during the school year, yet here I am these past weeks lost in a story with such tunnel-vision that I seem to lose focus on most everything else. Ahhh...the magic of reading!

Since this is my first post in a bit, I have decided to join Farley's Currently again.(I know...again, I am better late than never.)  I love spending a few moments here and there blog hopping. There are so many amazing teachers out there, and all share so many great ideas. I am glad to spend a few minutes catching up with the blogging world.

We are blazing our way through our latest unit as we learn to "Read Like a Scientist." I am enjoying watching  my students' eager response to our look at Mars. Today's nonfiction is certainly NOT what I grew up with. The imagery in most of these books is amazing, and I find that I am hooked as much as the kiddos are. As we continue our research, we are taking a strong look nonfiction text features.

This is the time of year that I find it harder to squeeze in so many of my favorite picture books. Just this weekend during my planning, I combed through my library thinking about just how many I have yet to share with my kiddos. I guess that's where more time in the day would come in handy. :) I do have a few for today though...

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner was a perfect review of prepositional phrases. This is a new addition to my library, but it came at the perfect time. Not only is this book jam packed with prepostitions, we were able to revisit some of our figurative language as well.
Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Now, you can never go wrong with a Steven Kellogg book, and The Missing Mitten Mystery is a great winter read. If your students have not read it before, it is easy to infer and make predictions with. I received my own special copy during one of my student observations during college. All of the sweet kiddos of the class signed the book for me! Love it!!

The last little picture book that I want to leave you with is a classic Munsch. I know it seems a bit low for my class of fourth graders, but I can promise you that every time I read it hoots of laughter can be heard by all. Thomas' Snowsuit is a great look of problem/ solution, but the close look at character traits is sure fun with Thomas!

Happy Reading!

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  1. Welcome back!
    I know what you mean about getting lost in a good book :)

    I love your book recommendations - especially the Robert Munsch; that book cracks me up every time!

    Joy in the Journey

  2. Hi Tina, I just read your Currently and I know what you mean about time. Don't we all need time and yes, we need a little sunshine too, here in Baltimore. It has been so gloomy. Your blog design is beautiful. By the way...better late than never...just did my currently today too.

    The Convenient Teacher