Winter Planning Giveaway Stop C-5


Well, it's the last night of vacation, and I used some of my time to spruce up a few units in my store, create a few new things for my students and to share with you all, catch up on a few home projects, and complete just a little bit of shopping.  After all, December is a brutal month for us isn't it?  When that first Christmas card arrives, my stress level rises and I try to just check things off my list, but today, I'm here to share something totally exciting.  I am joining up with my reading buddy, Erin from I'm Lovin Lit in her Winter Planning Giveaway.  If you're just starting through the hop, click the button above to download the recording form for the hop.  All posts will be live tomorrow morning by 8: AM, but since I'll be at school, I thought I better get mine up early so no one else is derailed.  You can move through the hop once you have the form to record your answers.

So, Erin and I have gotten to know each other through some collaborative efforts this fall.  We are both reading specialists, and we've worked together on a few blog hops and are getting a collaborative blog ready for release after the first of the year with our other reading buddies that will focus on reading research and teaching strategies. Stay tuned for more information on that venture...should be lots of fun.

By now, you probably know this, but with this hop, things run a little differently.  Everyone's a winner and all participants share materials for the coming season which will be emailed to you in a zipped file! If you did Erin's hop this summer, you have an idea how it runs, and if you came through a few weeks ago with our Gift of Reading Hop, you learned that I love Jan Brett.  I shared Gingerbread Friends by her, and today, you are so lucky.  I am sharing The Mitten with you!

The Mitten has been a long time favorite of mine, so when Erin mentioned the idea of the hop and sharing winter materials, this was the first to pop in my mind. In fact, when I first began as a reading specialist, my teammate and I spent a full month on a mitten theme.  We had so much fun with our students, and most of all, we loved how excited they got about reading.  We read this one, The Mitten by Alvin Tresselt, The Missing Mitten Mystery by Steven Kellogg, One Mitten by Kristine O'Connell George, The Mitten Tree by Christiansen, and a few others I had on my shelves, and throughout the month (January), we explored and wrote poetry, created stories of lost mittens and snow play, and many, many reading skills comparing and connecting to the books.  Now, there are so many more mitten themed books and materials available, so if this sounds like fun, hopefully my unit can be a starter.

If themed teaching isn't a possibility, you might enjoy exploring Jan Brett's writing as mentor texts or in guided reading.  This unit is part of a large unit bundle I have available through my store on Teachers Pay Teachers, and I'm proud to say that it's been a top 100 product (last January).  The bundle includes units for 10 of her titles including The Mitten, The Hat, Annie and the Wild Animals, Trouble with Trolls, The Wild Christmas Reindeer, Gingerbread Baby, Berlioz the Bear, The Three Snow Bears, Armadillo Rodeo, and Town Mouse Country Mouse.  (Gingerbread Friends is the only Jan Brett Unit not included as I just created it.) On Monday and Tuesday, the bundle will be less than $12.00 which is a steal for this many units.

I am so glad you were able to give my blog a look.  My posts focus on current reading practices, book suggestions, materials I've recently developed, and ideas I discover that I think are worth passing on. If you like my unit or are interested in getting ideas for your own reading instruction, I hope you'll take a moment to follow me.

Here's one last thing before I share my letter.  I am running a Cyber Celebration Giveaway to show my appreciation of the new followers and friends I've made through blogging, Facebook, and Teachers Pay Teachers.  I've really enjoyed connecting with so many wonderful teachers and exchanging ideas.  There is just a wealth of knowledge available to us unlike ever before.  I know I have benefited so much from the freebies and great products I've purchased.  I thank you and hope you'll check back in the coming weeks as there are lots of fun things planned.

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Now, my post has come to an end.  Best wishes as you as you continue along with the hop and get through the next month with all of the to-dos.  I hope you'll drop back by again soon for all things reading.  Here is my secret word...


Until next time, happy reading!

 

28 comments

  1. Hi!! Just wanted to let you know that the title of your blog says C6 but your secret word card says C5. Just don't want anyone getting mixed up. Thanks for joining this awesome giveaway!

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    1. I was hoping no one noticed! LOL! I found that when I went through. I think on the original list I was #6, but then again...40 something eyes aren't as strong as they once were. :-)

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  2. My favorite holiday books are: The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, Auntie Claus, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

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    1. Grinch...definitely! I'll have to check out the others. :-)

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  3. My favorite book is "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever", and "Wild Christmas Reindeer"

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    1. Obviously, I love Wild Christmas Reindeer too. Right now, my group is reading the Ready Freddy and a Very Crazy Christmas and really enjoying it too. Thanks for sharing and visiting!

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  4. Love The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" and "The Cajun Night Before Christmas". So much fun at this time of year!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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    1. Andrea...thanks for dropping by. I will have to check out the Cajun Night Before Christmas. It'd be fun to compare/contrast with other versions.

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  5. The Night Before Christmas. Thanks for participating in a fun giveaway.

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    1. You're welcome...love that one too...classic!

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  6. The Polar Express

    kikilala17 @ gmail.com

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  7. ONLY ONE??? The Night Before Christmas would have to be the ONE then! Thank you for a fun giveaway! I have a free multiplication task card set if you need one.. I decided to finally try and make something. I enjoy so many people's creativity, that I wanted to give back a bit.

    Susan
    LopezLandLearners

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    1. Oh you could certainly share more. I am anxious to do something with two Cynthia Rylant books I have...Christmas in the Country and Silver Packages. I also want to do Christmas Tapestry by Patricia Polacco...so little time!

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  8. The Polar Express and The Night Before Christmas.
    chief9937@Yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Toni! Love these too.

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  9. One of my favorite holiday books to read was Dream Snow by Eric Carle when I taught kindergarten.
    bsimpson24@hotmail.com

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    1. I will have to find that one. New to me. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. My favorite Christmas book is Too Many Tamales.

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    1. I never realized Too Many Tamales is a holiday book. I will have to pull that from my shelf. I got it not long ago at Ollies for $1.99...brand new hardback! I find the best books there.

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  11. I love Pete the Cat's Christmas book. dbednarsk@yahoo.com

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    1. I just got that with points through Scholastic. I bought the Thanksgiving Pete book...so cute.

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  12. I have over 150 Christmas books, so this is tough. I love Olive the Other Reindeer, the Various versions of the Mitten so we can compare, The Nutcracker, Wild Christmas Reindeer, and the list goes on. Thanks for a wonderful Giveaway. Have a wonderful Christmas. cwhaccent@aol.com

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    1. Holy Moly! That is awesome! A close friend collects Christmas books too, and during the holidays, she has them out as part of her holiday decorating. Her children still get a new book each year...as college kids. As part of their tradition, she puts out the "new" book somewhere in the house and they have to find it. I thought it was adorable.

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  13. I personally like The Best Christmas Pageant, but don't read it to my students. I like Olive, the Other Reindeer.

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  14. Found you through the scavenger hunt! :)
    One of my favorites is Snowflake Bentley! Thanks for the opportunity!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  15. One of my favorites is Olive the Other Reindeer :)

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