Hello there, friends... long time no talk! I pretty much spent the week hibernating and getting caught up on sleep before things got holiday hectic!
I did want to take a little bit of time to highlight Rooted in Reading January because there's so much included in the unit!
For MLK, Jr. we made it to where you can use the unit with lots of different MLK, Jr. biographies and books that you probably already own!
Comprehension Focus: Locating Key Events and Nonfiction Text Features
Grammar Focus: Commas in Dates and Commas in a Series
Here are some books that would be great to use throughout the week!
And, YouTube has tons of great videos to watch!
We thought that Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday would be a great book to use after New Year's. The lesson of saving/spending money would be a great fit with New Year's Resolutions!
Comprehension Focus: Identifying the Lesson of a Story
We also found this really great video to incorporate with our identifying the lesson of a story. You'll use this in one of the lessons!
Kids love learning about the Iditarod and the traditions of other states in our nation. We just adore the book Akiak written by Robert Blake. The perseverance and courage shown in the book is just so inspiring! You'll definitely want to watch THIS video (click HERE) to learn more about sled dogs!
Comprehension Focus: Fact vs. Opinion
We also included a nonfiction reader about Alaska so that you can identify key facts in a nonfiction story!
Grammar Focus: Possessives
Oh my goodness, y'all! Have you read Snow Day by Lester Laminack?! It reminds me of First Day Jitters... but, that's all I'm going to say because I don't want to give it away! This is a great video to watch before reading the book with your students. The author gives some read-aloud tips! We realize this book has been difficult to find. You can click HERE to listen to the story.
In this unit we also compare the book to Brave Irene by William Steig. This book can also be found as a read aloud on Storyline Online. It's such a cute book so we just HAD to use it somehow!
Comprehension Focus: Identifying the Lesson, Somebody/Wanted/But/So, Comparing 2 Books
Grammar: Singular vs Plural Nouns
Here's the Order I think works really well:
Jan 4- Alexander
Jan 11- Snow Day and Brave Irene
Jan 18- MLK, Jr
Jan 25- Akiak
Before I go, I just have to share some Christmas pictures from my cutie! She just loves everything about the holiday season, and I must say, I sure do love spending it with her!
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!!!