Mentor Text Lessons to Warm Up Your Winter featuring...Finding Winnie


Curled up next to a warm fire? Or maybe you're lounging in front of a favorite movie? Well the team of literacy coaches, specialists, and ELA teachers at The Reading Crew have the perfect comfort for you as your winter breaks come to an end. Yes, we have print and go lessons ready to share and one lucky winner will get each of the books featured too. No matter what grade you teach, these lessons will help you introduce concepts such as making comparisons, visualizing, writing with better word choice, problem and solution, nonfiction text features, and more.

As you wander through the posts, be sure to jot down each blogger's mystery word. It is the verification you need for the entries in our giveaway. The words will be BLUE, so hopefully you won't miss them. 

Book Introduction:

This mentor text lesson features 2016 Caldecott Award Winner, Finding Winnie to teach fact and opinion in a fun, hands-on way.
The book I chose for our link up is hot off the presses and is already making quite an impression among readers as a Best Seller and Caldecot Winner. Finding Winnie: The True Story of Winnie the Pooh explains how Winnie the Pooh came to be. Believe it or not, there really was a bear named Winnie, but I bet you didn't know that Winnie's full name was Winnipeg because that was the home town of the man who found her. Winnipeg was found by a trapper, and to save her life, Harry Colebourn bought her for $20 which at the time was a LOT of money. The book talks about the history of World War 1, the importance of storytelling, and how Winnie the Pooh became such a beloved character for children.

Before Reading Instruction:

This Fact and Opinion freebie from Comprehension Connection will help you teach using the award winning mentor text, Finding Winnie.
For this book, I chose to focus on teaching fact and opinion. As an introduction to the lesson, the teacher might brainstorm ideas related to bears. I would not use the words fact or opinion for the brainstorming activity, but rather, just get general ideas. Some will likely be facts and some opinions. As students share their ideas (either on sticky notes or orally), they can be placed on an anchor chart or on a smartboard slide which can be revisited as students discover the qualities of a fact and an opinion.

Next, the teacher will want to explicitly teach the difference between facts and opinions, and this is where I'd revisit the statements the kids gave.  I am sharing the interactive notebook pieces above. In the photo above, you can see the bulleted list of descriptors for facts and opinions. I recommend close reading with these and underlining key words. As you discuss the statements, you can point out the signal words and evidence.

Modeling with Finding Winnie:

This Fact and Opinion freebie from Comprehension Connection will help you teach using the award winning mentor text, Finding Winnie.
Finding Winnie is actually a nonfiction book, but it reads like a narrative. As it is read to the students, have students find and sort the statement tabs provided and glue them to the Fact and Opinion Sorting Mat. This will provide your students with the opportunity to discuss what makes the statements facts or opinions.

An answer key is provided for discussion after. To download this file, just click the image to the left. 




After Reading:

This mentor text lesson features 2016 Caldecott Award Winner, Finding Winnie to teach fact and opinion in a fun, hands-on way.
As a work station, I'd recommend students complete the remainder of the Fact or Opinion? Can You Decide? project. The other sections of the project include Just the Fact flapbook, Opinions Matter flapbook, a fact and opinion sort about BEARS, how authors use facts and opinions, a flapbook for use with a nonfiction book of choice, and a summarizing learning page. There is a grading rubric for teachers to use for assessment once the project is complete.

To download a copy of the mini book project, you can click the image below. This mentor text lesson features 2016 Caldecott Award Winner, Finding Winnie to teach fact and opinion in a fun, hands-on way.
Teaching Fact and Opinion just got easier with this lesson using Finding Winnie: The True Story of Winnie the Pooh. This before, during, after lesson features hands on learning fun.
Fact and opinion is a common reading skill. For another lesson on Fact and Opinion, you'll have to check out the post on This Literacy Life. Andrea is using a book about penguins for her lesson, and the book looks very interesting.

To come back to this post when you're ready to teach the lesson, you can pin the image to the left. Have a great time hopping through, and I hope you'll drop in again real soon. 


10 comments

  1. Another AMAZING post, Carla! I have never heard of Finding Winnie before so I can't wait to read it :)
    Julie
    The Techie Teacher

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    1. It is new this year. Caldecott Winner in fact! It tells the story of Winnie the Pooh.

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  2. Thank you, Carla. What a precious book. I love how you give great details in how to teach the skills used with this book. And, I love Winnie the Pooh!

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  3. I was a huge Winnie the Pooh fan as a child and still am. I purchased this book and really wanted to use it with my students. Now I have the perfect activity for a skill they really struggle with! Thanks so much for the freebie!

    Andrea
    This Literacy Life

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    1. Very glad you can use it! Hope the book is in your library. ;-)

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  4. I love this book. It is such a great story especially if you are a fan of Winnie the Pooh! I really like the flapbook ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas with such a great book!

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    1. Glad you like the paper bag book! I've had a great time creating them!

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  5. I have to get that book! My students would love your paper bag book, and they can always use practice with fact/opinion. Thank you for sharing and all of your hard work!

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    1. Glad you like it, Marissa! I enjoyed putting them together. :-)

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