Book Talk Thursday the night before...Friday's Facebook Frenzy!



I am linking up with my blogging buddy, Andrea (and former classmate) for her Book Talk Thursday. Today she's asked us to talk about our favorite Christmas books.  There are just so many to choose from, but I do have a few favorites for the season many of which I've developed units for in my store. For this post, however, I am going to talk about are a few that I am gearing up to work with this weekend so that I can use them with my students in the coming weeks.  

The first two books are from Cynthia Rylant. I've been using her books with my fourth grade students as mentor texts for writing. Each week, I have my students go through the writing process with an in-class piece and an at home piece.  Our state gives the writing assessment at fifth grade which is a very rigorous assessment given over a two day period, so in order to help our kids improve their skills for this assessment, we've really mad a concentrated effort to select quality mentor texts for modeling both reading comprehension skills and writing traits.  Cynthia Rylant's work is perfect for word choice and sentence fluency.  Her ways of expressing herself make you feel like you're sitting right at home with her in West Virginia.  Her books have a strong connection for me since we live in Virginia right along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.  The scenery in her books looks like our backyard.  I can't wait to see how these units turn out and more than that, I can't wait to read my students writing pieces after we work with them.  

Besides Cynthia Rylant, this month I plan to use two others with my tutoring students.  The first is Jeremy's Muffler by Laura Nielson.  This was a book recommended by our local librarian.  She shared with me that they had someone make a muffler that the children really love playing with during story time, but I can see lots of great writing coming from this one too.  The idea is just so clever, and the illustrations are priceless.  It reminds of Ralphie in the Christmas Story, one of my all-time favorite Christmas shows.  That scene when he heads to school, and then proceeds to get his tongue stuck to the flagpole.  Anyone else love that scene? 

Finally, this summer, I discovered Scaredy Squirrel (I don't know how I missed it all this time!!). I can't wait to pull this one out for my tutoring students also.  This summer, they loved Scaredy Squirrel Goes to the Beach, so I think this one will be great fun too.  In this adventure, Scaredy Squirrel has a preparation guide ready for everyone to use to prepare for the perfect Christmas. Too bad the book doesn't come with a fairy godmother for a few magical wishes too.  I could use a little help about now!  Oh well, that's not what the season's about, and my motto is to just destress and get done what gets done!  

Well, that's all the information I have about books for the season,
but I do have more information to share about big things happening this weekend.  Tomorrow morning, starting at 8 AM EST, you can join in the fun for Facebook Frenzy. To the right is the latest map of the hop that I am participating in as well as the starting point of each grade level, music, and clip art.  There are 11 different Frenzies happening at the same time, so do a few or do them all, but definitely go do them because there are amazing freebies to be found! You can open the map and click the starting point.  As I said last night, I am keeping my unit a surprise, so you'll have to visit my Facebook page to get it.  It will only be available until Monday morning.

Speaking of Monday morning, that will also be the closing time for my big Giveaway.  The prizes are a $25 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers and 3 choices from my store...including bundles!  You could have my entire Jan Brett, Patricia Polacco, and Mem Fox collections if you win!  Just go through the entry opportunities below.

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Well, this is a long post!  I appreciate it if you hung in there through all of this.  Have fun on the Frenzy, and until next time, happy reading!

14 comments

  1. I like Bear Stays Up for Christmas!

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    1. Oh me too...I have been wanting that book in the worst way. Did you get the one for Thanksgiving? I love her books...great tier 2 vocabulary!

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  2. Thanks so much for linking up, Carla! I love Cynthia Rylant too because it does feel like she is talking about "home". I have to read some of those Scaredy Squirrel books. I love funny, and these seem to fit the bill!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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    1. They really are hilarious! Your kids would love them!

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  3. How funny! I literally JUST posted about Silver Packages and then came over to find yours. Great minds think alike!

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    1. Getting ready to write a unit for that book...by the end of the weekend. I will send a copy to you since you posted this comment. Do you have Christmas in the Country too. I am just about to load it, and I'm thinking the two books would work well for compare/contrast. Glad you dropped by Melissa! Will head to your blog and check out your post!

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  4. I love your work Carla - It is so thorough and has such depth. I am so pleased you have reached these milestones - congratulations :) Kylie

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    1. Thank you Kylie! Baby steps compared to many, but still enjoying it so much! Need to get a new post ready...this giveaway is coming to an end! Have a great week! No favorite books?? I can't believe that!!

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  5. My daughter is obsessed with the Horrid Henry series and the Christmas book is hilarious. I know it's not appropriate for a classroom, but the stories generate lots of discussions between us about appropriate behaviours, choices, consequences, families, parenting, school (we are homeschoolers who previously schooled). Love your blog and resources! thursdaytook@hotmail.com

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    1. I need to find that...I know about Horrible Harry, but not Horrid Henry. Is it a parody? I love the Ready Freddy series too. The Christmas one is really cute.

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    1. Great books! Thanks for commenting!

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