Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mark Your Calendars....The Daily 5 (Second Edition) Book Club to Start Soon!

If you know me personally (or professionally), you know that I LOVE to read. One of my passions is reading professional texts (yes, I'm quite a teacher nerd). A few years ago, I led a "real life" book club for my colleagues, and it was focused on The Daily 5, First Edition by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. 

I discovered this book a few years before that book club, and I fell in love with it. It literally became a central structure to my teaching day, and it has truly changed the way I teach. The book club was awesome because  it gave us a chance to discuss and share ideas about each chapter. We still talk about this book at my school.

In the few years since that book club, I've continued on my journey to use the Daily 5 structure in the literacy block. This first edition has become somewhat of a lifesaver to me and to many of my close teacher friends. Last year, I had the opportunity to take the Daily 5/CAFE grad course, and the information from that course clarified so much. I am THRILLED that the second edition is here...hello, Math Daily 3! 

Since I am now a very busy mom, wife and teacher, I felt it would be way easier to continue my passion for hosting professional book clubs, but through my blog. After speaking to my friends in my PA Blogger group and some colleagues, there is definitely interest

So, with that being said, I will be hosting an online professional book club focused on The Daily 5, Second Edition (I devoured it, have you?) beginning on Monday, March 17th. The pacing will be a chapter a week with discussion questions. I will include links to helpful information that I use and that I find. Please be sure to do the same in your comments. Some weeks, there will be guest bloggers chiming in as well.

If you are interested, you can purchase your copy here:

Also, let me know if you are interested, either in person or send me a message (blogger group, on my blog or through email/fb). Don't forget to check back before March 17th for some Daily 5/Math Daily 3 Tips and freebies.
I hope you join us!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mentor Monday Linky 2/17/14 Figurative Language

Emily, at The Reading Tutor/OG, has her Mentor Monday linky once again. This week, the focus is on "figurative language". If you are a little confused about what figurative language means, or if you need a refresher, check out Wendy's post at Read With Me ABC. She has a lovely video that explains it all!

Although I'm not hitting all six types of figurative language in this post, I'm covering the ones I most recently taught (onomatopoeia and idioms).

My favorites for teaching onomatopoeia (the use of "sound words"):

All "Froggy" books (by Jonathan London) have wonderful examples of onomatopoeia. The students get so excited when they read these books because of all the great examples.

"Shortcut" by Donald Crews has great examples of onomatopoeia for when the train is coming. "Clackety-clickity...." and the train horn make this a suspenseful story for little ones! Beautiful illustrations too! 

These are my top picks for teaching about idioms.  

When I was a young girl, my great aunt had a copy of this book at her house. Can you believe it is written by the guy who played Herman Munster from The Munsters? There may be some pages that are not so appropriate for young children (like the head on the beer), but it so funny and filled with awesome idioms. I snagged a copy at a yard sale. He also wrote... . I don't have this one, but it also looks like fun!

You can't beat these Tedd Arnold books for a great laugh! The poor little boy thinks he is falling apart because he doesn't understand the many expressions he hears others say. My students and my own children LOVE these books. 

Of course, Amelia Bedelia books are excellent for teaching about idioms too. My friend, Wendy, posted about them on her blog post at Read With Me ABC.

If you have some good mentor texts to share that teach figurative language, head on over to The Reading Tutor/OG and link up!