It's the middle of winter and the "blahs" are hitting some of us really hard right now. If you are looking for some motivation and inspiration to keep you going, you have come to the right place. Welcome to our Winter Blog Hop and E-Book Giveaway! A group of amazing teachers have come together to share some inspirational winter ideas for your classroom. But, there is more....Not only are we sharing ideas from our classrooms, but you can download a free Winter e-Book full of activities from us! And to make it even more fun....you could win a $100 TpT gift certificate to fill your classroom with inspiration for the long winter days ahead!
Do you use already use this precious book with your students? I know I do....It is one of my favorites. The story is engaging and the illustrations are captivating...the perfect combination for a read aloud! Since, chances are you already use this book with your students, you can easily take your read aloud to the next level.
Interactive read aloud is also a great way to teach the comprehension strategies that you want the students to be practicing when they are reading independently. During an interactive read aloud, the teacher will stop to model their thinking (Think Aloud).
The students are also given the opportunity to talk about the book with their peers (Turn and Talk). Interactive read aloud is a great way strengthen students' listening and speaking skills along with their comprehension.
When planning for an interactive read aloud, it is important to pre-read the text, so that you can have your questions prepared before you begin the read aloud with your students. For The Mitten, I have all the prep work completed for you and available for FREE as part of our FREE Winter E-Book. The teacher guide outlines how to preview the text with your students, gives you talking points throughout the texts, and provides ideas for the students to respond to the text in writing. With everything planned for you, all you need to do is grab a copy of the book from your school or public library and enjoy reading it with your students.
The Interactive Read Aloud Guide for The Mitten is part of this collection of Interactive Read Alouds for Winter. From January until Mid-March, my class reads 2-3 of these texts each week. It is such a simple way to give an added purpose to the read aloud time that I already do. My students love the stories and they are developing their ability to be "thinkers" as they read.
Now on to the giveaway! Take note of my secret word...."polar bear". Now, be sure to enter the Rafflecopter, and hop to the next blog for your chance to win our $100 TpT Giveaway!
Before you go, don't forget to click on the image above to grab your free Winter e-Book! The Interactive Read Aloud Teacher Guide for The Mitten can be found on page 7.