Fall is a beautiful time everywhere, but especially in the mountains of Virginia. Each weekend in September and October, you are sure to find Apple Butter Festivals, Fall Festivals, Wine Festivals, or a Music Festival somewhere in our state, and the Virginia Bloggers wanted to celebrate a little fall festival of our own. There are fifteen of us participating today, and our posts are all different. Some may choose to share what’s happening in their classrooms this fall, share a favorite fall recipe, show you a few pictures from local events, but we’ll all have a freebie for you to enjoy.
I am sharing a Partner Script which is a new product type for me. I’ve used partner poems with my tutoring students quite a bit as well as reader’s theater, and this is sort of a combination of both. The script includes just two parts and is intended to be used in a Daily Five model or in guided reading. Well, this all sounds great, right?? Well, I had an interesting problem arise with my freebie this week when I made the mistake of uploading it as soon as I finished it. I did not expect it to sell so quickly, and I didn’t feel like it was quite fair to give it away for free five days later. Instead, I chose to create another one. It is just as well because now I can highlight a favorite event from my part of Virginia, Apple Butter Festivals!
When our kids were young, we really enjoyed heading up with our friends and camping in the orchard our friend owns. Picture the crazy kids running around having apple fights between the tents. This is after spending the day going through the corn maze, getting their faces painted, eating way too many sweets, and picking out pumpkins and apples. I didn’t have time to dig through our old pictures, so I am sharing a few from my friend, Ruth from last year’s festival. There is so much work that goes into these things, and there is always a huge crowd to enjoy it. In fact, “Pick Your Own” weekend is coming up, so I believe a trip is in order!
The freebie, as I mentioned, is about apple picking. The children in the script have a bet going about who will pick the most apples and win an apple pie from the other. If you are teaching fables, I tried to weave a bit of “The Tortoise and the Hare” into the theme. In fact, it would be fun to use this script in conjunction with reading and writing fables. Here’s a glimpse of what’s included.