Wednesday Wow



Happy Hump Day!  It's time for Wednesday Wow with my friend, Em at Curious Firsties, and I have a few wows to share.  First of all, I've posted twice over at Adventures in Literacy Land, a new collaborative venture I'm participating in with 19 other reading specialists.
Adventures in Literacy Land
If you haven't visited yet, I hope you'll take a moment to drop by.  Jessica at Hanging out in First wrote a really nice post about fluency folders today, and Erin at Lovin Lit offered an interactive notebook/research unit for MLK day. My post about Story Impressions, SQ3R, and Word Splashes aired on Monday.  You can check out that post [here].

Another great event is coming the weekend of January 31st.  Do you love books?  Of course reading specialists do, and we are teaming up again for another sweet blog hop giveaway.  This one is called Loving Literacy Blog Hop.  It will run January 31st (8:00 AM EST) through February 2 (10:00 PM EST), and it will start right here on my blog.  There are 26 blogs participating, and each will be sharing resources to support a favorite book related to friendship, Valentine's day, or that is just a favorite of the blogger.  I will let you in on a secret...my resource supports a book by one of my favorite picture book authors.  I will be teaching my unit the first week of February collaboratively.  I've shared the unit with my 5th grade teammates, enlisted the skills of our guidance counselor and tech specialist for a grade level event focusing on cyber bullying, internet safety, transition to middle school, and friendship. We will be writing persuasive letters about bullying, studying character traits (positive and negative through the literature, problem/solution, using text evidence to draw conclusions, and more.  One more hint...author's initials...PP.  Well, with that...I'll leave you in suspense.

Finally, I thought I'd see who reads my blog.  If you happen to visit today, this newly uploaded unit will be free for a short time.  I am not going to advertise it loudly, so if you are lucky enough to visit today or hear about it, feedback would be great to receive.  It will be set for free until 6:00 EST.


Children love reading books in a series, and I have to share a wow related to this book.  We started reading it with my fourth grade struggling readers, and today was library day.  Guess what they all wanted?  Five out of the six students picked up a Magic Treehouse book.  I try to match book to their level, so I gave them a little guidance about choosing from the collection.  I encouraged the later titles as they are higher in level and match my students a little more closely.  Next time you're in the library, take a peek.  The first few in the series are at a mid second grade level, but Mary Pope Osborne has grown the readers with her series as the later titles are mid/upper third.  (Perfect right??)  I hope the enthusiasm continues because we know success breeds success.  The most important thing is to get kids reading, and I came back to my room with a smile.  It made my day!

Have a happy humpday, and until next time, happy reading!

14 comments

  1. Thanks for the freebie! I love Magic Treehouse books and so do my students!

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    1. I am so glad you like it. Lucky you for reading. :-)

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  2. Ok!! How exciting is that when they get books from library that you influenced!! That is an amazing feeling. I am so happy to read your post and that you linked up. I appreciate it so much!
    Em

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    1. You're welcome, Em. I'm glad for the opportunity. I loved your post, and I hope my readers wandered over as there was a lot packed into that post. Loved the pictures.

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  3. Isn't great when students are enthusiastic about reading books you've introduced them to?

    :) Wendy
    PS ~ Of course I read your blog!

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  4. Read your blog. :) Good stuff here...bummed that I missed the freebie. Just purchased this book today to read aloud to my First Graders since we are studying penguins. Saw that post and said "yes, perfect timing" But alas I was late. Thanks for the good ideas I found on your blog. :)

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    1. I'm sorry Tori. Sadly, that's how the flash freebies go too. It's always so exciting to catch them, but sometimes such a bummer too. It's priced at $4.00, but the skills I included are more 3rd/4th grade level anyway.

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  5. I like reading your blog. I can never have too many ideas to help me teach reading!
    Kelly
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

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    1. I will head over and check out your blog. I love the title!

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  6. My kids adore Magic Tree House books. I'm bummed I'm just reading your post now. I missed your freebie.

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    1. Oh dear, Huskergirl! I'm a Cyclone! :-) Sorry you missed the freebie. I am trying to run them through my blog more, so check back often. :-)

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