Thanksgiving is such a wonderful holiday. It gives us time to share our blessings with one another and gives us a time for reflection. This year Thanksgiving may still not be what it was two years ago. In fact, many will be celebrating just with their family unit again.
Of course, no matter how we are celebrating, I think we can all come up with a list of reasons to be thankful. I am very thankful for good health. To this date, we have avoided Covid in our home. Like everyone, we know special people who were not as fortunate and empathize with all who are working through the challenges Covid has caused. Even with all of the craziness that’s gone on this year, it’s important to pause and reflect on what matters most…love, family, friends, and the little moments in life. All are such special blessings to each us.
about our blog hop gifts:
Thanksgiving is also a great time of year to share our blessings with others, so I am joining with a group of elementary bloggers again this year to host this unique hop! There are two parts to this blog hop. The first part includes sharing a paid resource with you which you can download during the four days of the hop. You can visit each post to catch all the PAID resources for FREE (November 18-22nd at midnight EST)! The second part is a giveaway for 10 Gift Cards to TPT each valued at $25.00. We’ll announce the winners on Tuesday, November 23rd. Some of the teacher bloggers who make resources for primary AND upper may have something for both age groups. This year, I think my unit can be used for grades 2-4 with no changes.
The snowy nap by jan brett
Jan Brett has been a longtime favorite author of mine, and I just finished my second author study bundle (linked below). The resource I’m sharing is a unit for the book, The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett. It features Jan Brett’s favorite character, Hedgie. In true Jan Brett form, it includes adorable illustrations to aid in making predictions. The rich vocabulary helps stretch this text for use with older readers, and many of the reading skills included provide teachers with ways to build close reading skills.
The unit includes both black and white pages for printing and color for Google Slides TM. You’ll find materials for lots of skill options including a schema builder about hibernation, vocabulary, story elements, predictions, making comparisons across texts, making connections, summarizing fictional texts, question task cards for discussion, and a post reading writing extension that includes step by step pages for narrative writing.
The image above shows how this title also serves as a mentor text for writing. Students plan and write a narrative piece on a snowy adventure after reading about Hedgie’s. The planning pages are includes as well as an anchor chart for organization, a writing checklist, and final draft pages. You can compile the final drafts into a class book using the book cover provided.
why use author studies?
Of course, if you follow my blog, you know how much I love author studies. This post gives all of the reasons I believe students benefit from their use. For me, the ease of planning, the exposure to new authors (for the children), and the building of long-term memories are the top reasons to use them.
Over on Reading Rockets, you’ll see a few more
Author studies offer great benefits to students. They help them develop reading skills, foster critical thinking, and help them improve their writing. Connecting to specific authors helps students form deeper bonds with books giving them content to discuss with peers too. By highlighting a variety of authors, teachers can introduce students to different literary voices and support author research. Additionally, author studies can be easily incorporated into your curriculum and always make learning fun.Reading Rockets
jan brett author study options:
Author Study one
The first Jan Brett bundle I added to my TPT store included all of the classics I had used with my students over the years. When I had our son 25 years ago, it was around the time I met Jan Brett at our state reading conference. At the conference, I bought quite a few of her books to add to his library (autographed of course!), and naturally, I enjoyed sharing them with my students in guided reading groups and with lessons.
The first bundle I created includes these eleven titles plus an author study lapbook you can use for researching her life. The titles are:
- The Mitten
- The Hat
- Armadillo Rodeo
- Trouble with Trolls
- Gingerbread Baby
- Ginberbread Friends
- Berlioz the Bear
- Annie and the Wild Animals
- Wild Christmas Reindeer
- The Three Snowbears, and
- Town Mouse and Country Mouse
Jan Brett Author Study Two
As I mentioned, this is the second Jan Brett Author Study I’ve done. This bundle includes ten titles in digital for Google Slides TM and in PDF. Both of my Jan Brett bundles are marked down 50% during the hop, so take advantage while you’re able to get the low price.
- Hedgie Blasts Off
- Hedgie’s Surprise
- The Snowy Nap
- The Mermaid (a version of Goldilocks)
- Daisy Comes Home
- The Tale of the Tiger Slippers (set in China and perfect for use near the Chinese New Year)
- Cinders, a Chicken Cinderella Tale, and
- Fritz and the Beautiful Horses
More thanksgiving deals:
If you are needing materials for small group instruction, you can check out the guided reading resources in my shop. During this blog hop, you can use the code: THANKFUL for a 15% discount in my blog shop
(11/18-11/23) extended through NEXT TUESDAY! Below, you’ll find a few resources that might be helpful for your groups whether you’re in person or have someone learning remotely.
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The giveaway has ended. It ran for four days, and I hope you understand that it has to return to it’s regular price at some point. However, you can save 15% on it and all of my other resources still through next TUESDAY with the code, THANKFUL. The resource link will automatically open to the pdf which includes the Google Slides TM version link too.
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Thanks so much for all you do every single day for your students and their families. I very much appreciate your hard work, hope that these resources are load of fun for your students, and that they lighten your load in the coming weeks and months. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with those you love most! Stay well!