Well, I think I've got some blogging to catch up on, so I'm doubling up with this post. I'm linking up today with Deanna's blog, Mrs. Jump's Class for her Let's Talk about Books linky and with Two for Tuesday sponsored by The Teaching Tribune.
First of all, I'll start with Midnight on the Moon. Mary Pope Osborne is a genius. She has to be one of the top authors for motivating and inspiring young readers with the Magic Treehouse Series. I love how she's captured the true essence of childhood imagination and curiosity in Jack and Annie, and grown her characters with higher level vocabulary and complexity as the series moves along. She has taken a developmental approach with the series, and by this I mean that the first few books are at a 2-2.5 reading level, but the latter books approach 4th. I also think she's done well knowing her audience. She weaves into the stories just enough factual information for students to reference as they dig deeper in science and social studies, but yet avoids overwhelming them.
Midnight on the Moon has Jack and Annie traveling in space to gather their clues. Naturally, they find evidence of Neil Armstrong's Giant Step and other significant landmarks too. Morgan has them gathering clues of objects that start with M, and in the end, they discover a mouse shaped constellation for the final clue.
When students become interested in learning more about space, there are loads of nonfiction titles that can be pulled out for exploration. Here are a few I love.
For those who love to teach the Magic Treehouse Series in small group or literature circles, I just added this unit to my store. It is half price ($2.00) until noon EST tomorrow.
Now on to Two for Tuesday...
Yesterday, I uploaded these products. The phoneme cards worked very well for my students. I displayed them near my small group table for reference during writing time and for use during word study lessons. There are four styles total, but the two I just added are Green Polka Dotted and Blue Swirl. The sets are $2.00 until noon tomorrow too.
Finally, I have gotten in touch with my creative side (I think) and written poetry to use with my students to work on fluency (phrasing), sightword identification, word study, and poetry skills such as rhythm and rhyme. There are 9 original poems (1 per week for a quarter) for use between late October through the beginning of January. To view them, you can check out the preview below. It too is listed for $2.00 through noon tomorrow.
For other great discounted items, check out the linky on The Teaching Tribune using the button below.
Have a great day, and until next time, happy reading!