Getting Festive for Fall with the Virginia Bloggers

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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!

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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.
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Now, I did mention the other partner scripts I wrote.  I will share the previews of them both.  They are priced at $2.00 each if anyone is interested. 
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Now I will send you on to Haley at Owls and Lesson Plans for more Fall fun.  Have a great time and happy hopping.
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This Post Has 32 Comments

  1. Jennifer Reynolds

    You know I LOVE Reader's Theater! Getting ready to share this post and head on through the hop! Hope it is a good one for you! Thanks for the great freebie!
    ~Jennifer

  2. Jennifer Brown

    This is so wonderful. I'm glum to pair up kids and see how they approach it differently.

  3. Stacy Parker

    These are great! I love the idea of pairing up the kids instead of having large groups doing a reading. Getting ready to group kids & start some close readings with my struggling readers. Thank you!

  4. cwhaccent

    Thanks for the Giveaway and hop. I have never tried partner plays as I have a tutoring business, but I love the one you posted, so I may have to give it a try. Have a wonderful holiday season.

  5. Suzy Q

    Your play looks like fun…I love to incorporate fluency activities into our day, so this will be great!

  6. Thank you for all of your hard work on this blog hop! I'm so happy to be a part of this, but I really appreciate everything you did to make it happen! I'm enjoying hopping through on this beautiful Saturday morning! I love these partner script sets so much! I will definitely be adding them in to my Read With Partner rotation starting next week, whether I win or buy them! 🙂

  7. Oh, and our topics in 5th grade are so much more content based, but when I can get anything related to science or geography I consider it a double win! I know that these are based on grades 3-4, but they are really perfect for my low readers.

  8. Rachel-I plan to write some focused on content because my kids need extra exposure to the content skills…and fluency practice. I used these with my 4/5 kids this week (struggling readers just like yours), so I do think they'd be perfect for your low kids too. Email me what content material you have coming up. I will try to get them done so you can work them in. I'll need them too!

  9. S.O.L Train

    Thanks for organizing this Blog Hop! I love your scripts! They are great!

  10. Heather Meek

    Thanks so much for the Hop! I had fun, ANNNND got some of my creativity back for thinking of games to make for my kids. Love the scripts- they're going to help me out with my two kids reading above grade level this year.

  11. Heather Meek

    Ooooo- did not read comment directions- Ok, so I'm going to be teaching severe weather- so doing sort of a news broadcast with safety tips would be cool.

  12. Leslie Goldhardt

    Carla,
    Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done to organize this hop – it's amazing! Can't wait to use these scripts for my "high fliers" in my classroom…we've been working a lot on fluency and expression, so it'll be perfect!
    Leslie
    Fashionable in First

  13. Huskergirl

    I will be teaching about animals, habitats, Thanksgiving, Christmas Around the World, ML King, Jr., Presidents, landforms, solar system, and force and motion.

  14. Mary Love Strange

    I've never tried Partner Scripts but after looking at the freebie one I'd love to give it a try, probably for holidays but with vocab and comprehension/connect to text/self, etc. it would also work in ELA centers. Thanks for sharing your idea, participating in the blog hop, and having the giveaway!

  15. Nikki Sabiston

    These are such a great idea! Definitely can use this in small group:)
    Thanks so much for organizing the hop – it has been so fun!

  16. tll6601

    Loving the hop & the freebies! Thanks for participating…

  17. hsease

    These look like a great idea and would help my kids with fluency! This month we are looking forward to our pumpkin investigation unit at the end of the month 🙂

  18. ahansel

    I already mentioned this on TPT when I downloaded your freebie today, but I love love love these partner scripts! They fill a need in my center/partner work perfectly! I am always looking for resources for "read to someone" that takes about 40 minutes – your product is excellent. My kids really enjoyed these last week – keep them coming & I'll keep buying 🙂

  19. Anonymous

    Loved the hop! Thanks for sharing.

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