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Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I always love joining my Reading Crew friends to share some great resources and mentor texts!  Be on the lookout for my mystery word which will be in blue!

Book Summary

The title of the book is a very accurate summary!  The award winning book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla is based on the real life events of  Ivan the Gorilla who was taken from the wild and brought to a mall in Washington State where he spent most of his life.


Lesson Intro

There were a few topics that were important to go over before we could dive into the text.


Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.
First we talked about main idea.  It can be a tricky topic to teach but this anchor chart provides a great visual to help students understand.  (I have included a template that can be used for your anchor chart.You can just project it and trace it)

Next, we went to the website PebbleGo and read about Gorillas.  There was a lot of great information and it helped set the stage for students to read the book about Ivan.

When we looked at the cover, we also had to take a moment to discuss that even though the book had illustrations, it was a true story about a Gorilla. It was also an odd concept for students (and myself) to understand that at one time there was a shopping mall that had a wild animal living in it.

How to Use this Resource

There are a variety of ways this resource can be used, depending on the grade that you use it with.  I used this particular chart with primary students.  After I read the book, we brainstormed some big ideas/main ideas about Ivan.  One student said that Ivan was not like other gorillas, and we went with that!

Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

We pulled up the digital version and got to work.  We brainstormed some supporting details on the chart.  Then students independently filled in their own supporting details using a paper/pencil chart.

Are you looking for an easy way to teach main idea?  Check out this mentor text with a free printable!  This example uses the story of Ivan but the printable can be used with any book!  There is also a digital resource featured as well as links to other comprehension topics.

Extension Activities 

In this video, the author, Katherine Applegate, talks to Ivan’s zookeeper, Jody Carrigan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zwbbu4uDaKs

This is the publisher's website that includes an incredible book trailer and a video from the author.
http://hmhbooks.com/ivan/

If you do not have a PebbleGo subscription, this National Geographic Kids link is a good source of information about Gorillas. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mountain-gorilla/#mountain-gorilla-closeup-eating.jpg

The author also wrote The One and Only Ivan, a chapter book that is a fictional story inspired by the real life of Ivan the Gorilla. This book was the inspiration for the non-fiction picture book Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla geared toward a younger audience.

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It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!


It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! I see small groups throughout the day, and punch cards are a huge hit with kindergartners - all the way up through fifth graders!

My students get a punch each day if they: 1 - tried their best 2 - followed directions.  Thankfully there are very few occasions where someone doesn’t get a punch!  Punch cards can also be used in a large group, as well.

It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!


Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate punch cards into your day:

Good Behavior

Students can get a punch for something as general as following the rules, or for a more specific target behavior like keeping your hands to yourself or using kind words.

Task Completion

Have you ever had a student just stare into space during independent work time?  Having them punch a card once their work is complete can be very motivating!  It can encourage them to complete tasks independently with minimal teacher reminders.

Reading X number of books/chapters

Punch cards can be used to help increase student stamina while reading, or encourage them to read more at home or independently.  Depending on their age, students can punch their card after reading a book or a chapter.

Turning in Homework

An added bonus to bringing back your homework could be punching a punch card!

Acts of Kindness

Acts of kindness always make a classroom a better place!  You can encourage these kind words or actions by offering a punch every time you witness an act of kindness.  It can be by individual student, or the whole class can work off of one punch card.

My cards is full - now what?

There are really endless possibilities!

  • Some students are happy just to bring their completed punch card home and get another!  
  • One of my teammates has a prize box for students to choose from when they have completed their card.  
  • I have a box of reward cards that students can choose from.  

It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!
Some examples are: Think Ink (using a pen for the day), Teacher Helper, Stinky Feet (taking their shoes off during our group), Teacher Chair (sitting in an extra teacher chair), Instagram Photographer (taking pictures during our group and I will post one that night)

The great news is that punch cards and the goal you are working toward can be individualized by student so you can determine how many punches they need for your determined reward!

It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!

How do you manage punch cards?

I personally have a bin that students pick out of.  They are organized by theme and the kids have gotten to the point where they know the routine and go grab another card once they have filled theirs!

It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!

Each grade level keeps their punch cards in a specific library pocket!

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope that you were able to find a use for punch cards in your classroom!  If you are looking for punch cards check out some of the choices below!  The GoNoodle punch cards are a FREEBIE!  Click on the picture to check them out!

 



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It amazing how much power a simple punch card can hold!  Here are 6 ways that you can start incorporating punch cards into your classroom today! My students find them highly motivating and it is a great incentive for students! Click to find out more!


Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

Instagram continues to inspire me in so many ways!  I love looking at what teachers are doing and seeing neat tips and tricks! Here are some of my favorite posts from February! 


Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

The Dollar Tree never ceases to amaze me!  Here is a sweet sign that I found over the summer, but they still add new ones throughout the year. Kids are so excited when I whip these out while they are working.  I may or may not put these up next to my own computer when I am working hard too!

Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

I love Word Clouds - especially when they can be shaped into a dog!  I wrote a blog post about how I use these Word Clouds to teach character traits.  There are also some freebies included in this post!  Click here to check it out!

Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

I was lucky enough to go to a hybrid conference on RtI at Work and it was A M A Z I N G!  This was a great quote that we heard!

Here are 4 February Instagram posts that I loved!  You will find some dollar store finds, character trait freebies, a teacher quote and some humor!

This still makes me giggle every time I see it!  I swear this is an accurate depiction of my children every...single...morning.  It can also sum up some kids a school as well!

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Instagram Inspiration for the month! 

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Have you ever asked a student to describe a character and they answer: nice - or start making a list of their eye color, hair color, etc.?  Click here to get some free resources and tips that you can use to help students start to dig deeper!

Have you ever asked a student to describe a character and they answer: nice?  Or start making a list of their eye color, hair color, etc.?  Click on the picture above to head on over to Adventures in Literacy Land to check out some tips and free resources to help students start to dig deeper!

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Check out fun and engaging mentor text lesson that uses a fiction and nonfiction book to teach the skill of comparing and contrasting.  These books are both about penguins and can be found on the free website Epic!  Lesson freebie included!  You can also enter to win a copy of each book in the hop.

I’m so happy to link up with The Reading Crew to bring you a “Mentor Text Lesson to Warm Up Your Winter.”  I will be sharing a compare and contrast lesson using 2 books - one fiction and nonfiction.  These books are both found on the FREE website/app Epic.  Epic is the a children's ebook library, offering unlimited access to over 15,000 children's books.
Check out fun and engaging mentor text lesson that uses a fiction and nonfiction book to teach the skill of comparing and contrasting.  These books are both about penguins and can be found on the free website Epic!  Lesson freebie included!  You can also enter to win a copy of each book in the hop.

Book 1: Penguin Chicks by Ruth Owen
This book about Emperor penguins is full of eye catching text features like headings, a glossary, real photographs, labels and maps. It provides information about Emperor penguins in general, and then gives an overview of life from egg to adulthood.

Book 2: Duncan Gets a Sweater
This is a cute story about a young penguin named Duncan who loves his soft, gray coat.  Day by day he loses tufts of his coat and works hard to retrieve them.  This sweet story describes the molting process.

Fun Fact: Epic offers three versions of this book: English, Spanish, and both English and Spanish text on each page!





Begin by discussing the characteristics/features of fiction books and nonfiction books.  To help students generate ideas, I had them get into small groups and look at a fiction and nonfiction text together.  Then we got together as a group to talk about the similarities and differences between fiction and nonfiction books.

Check out fun and engaging mentor text lesson that uses a fiction and nonfiction book to teach the skill of comparing and contrasting.  These books are both about penguins and can be found on the free website Epic!  Lesson freebie included!  You can also enter to win a copy of each book in the hop.

Now it is time to read these two wonderful texts.  You can display the books on your
Promethean/Smart Board for a whole group read aloud.  Having students follow along on an iPad can also help students to stay engaged during this whole group activity.

Check out fun and engaging mentor text lesson that uses a fiction and nonfiction book to teach the skill of comparing and contrasting.  These books are both about penguins and can be found on the free website Epic!  Lesson freebie included!  You can also enter to win a copy of each book in the hop.
Once you have read the books it is time to fill out the chart!  There are a variety of ways that you can do this.  Students can work individually or in pairs to fill out either the paper pencil version or Google version of the chart.  Then you can meet back as a group to fill out the chart on the Promethean/Smart board.  If you prefer, you can do the whole activity whole group.




Here is a link to access both books via Epic!
http://www.getepic.com/collection/150534/mentortext?source=swtlink

The freebie below is a small paper-pencil portion of “Compare and Contrast Google Edition”





The Penguin Foundation is a neat website to check out!  One section of their website is called “Knits for Nature” and tells how penguins that have been affected by oil spills actually wear sweaters!


Do you GoNoodle?  Here is a video from the MooseTube called “The Penguin Song” that is a great movement break


Free Penguin Live Cam: Exlopre.org has taken my school and home by storm!  It is a free website with an amazing number of live streaming animal cams.  Here is a link to the Penguin Cam
Are you looking for more information about Epic?  Check out my this great blog post from my friend Megan at Thyme to Read!



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Check out fun and engaging mentor text lesson that uses a fiction and nonfiction book to teach the skill of comparing and contrasting.  These books are both about penguins and can be found on the free website Epic!  Lesson freebie included!  You can also enter to win a copy of each book in the hop.

Check out the other great mentor text on the blogs below and enter for your chance to win a copy of each book!


Audio books are a great way to enhance literacy instruction.  Check out four easy and helpful ways to incorporate them in your classroom.  You can also learn how to make and share your very own audio book.  Click to learn more!


AudioBoom is an amazing and free website that  I learned about last year.  It allows you to create your own (private) channel and record audio.  Here are my 4 favorite ways to use AudioBoom in the classroom.  I have also included tutorials on how to use AudioBoom and create a QR code to link to your recording!


Listening Center

You might have a favorite book, but can’t find a CD or website with the audio.  Never fear - you can create your own!   It is quick and easy for you to do or you can have students take turns recording the audio for the story!



Parent Communication

AudioBoom is also a great way to share live student work samples!  You can share small audio of texts that their child has read in class!  Sometimes students (including my own son) may say they did “nothing" in school.  Having parents hear part of a story/text will be a nice conversation starter at home!

Audio books are a great way to enhance literacy instruction.  Check out four easy and helpful ways to incorporate them in your classroom.  You can also learn how to make and share your very own audio book.  Click to learn more!

Fluency

Students can either listen to their audio for fun or use it to reflect on their fluency.   For students who are working on fluency, we pick one thing to improve on (like not reading like a robot).



Access to Off-Grade Level Material

This has honestly been my favorite use of AudioBoom.  Sometimes struggling readers are required to read text/content area materials that is above their reading level.  You can record the text so that students can listen and will be able to participate in discussions and answer comprehension questions.


Now that you have some ideas as to how you can use AudioBoom - here are two ways to make that happen:



  • Tape the QR code to the inside of the listening center book 
  • Keep a ring or QR codes for listening center texts
  • For longer texts use a photo album and give each chapter it’s one code
  • Send home the code half sheet, classroom newsletter or whatever communication system you use to connect with parents

Audio books are a great way to enhance literacy instruction.  Check out four easy and helpful ways to incorporate them in your classroom.  You can also learn how to make and share your very own audio book.  Click to learn more!



  • Put a link into a document and add it to Google Classroom
  • Put a link into a google slide presentation
  • Email parents the link or post it on whatever communication system you use to connect with parents.

Audio books are a great way to enhance literacy instruction.  Check out four easy and helpful ways to incorporate them in your classroom.  You can also learn how to make and share your very own audio book.  Click to learn more!



Step 1: Create an Audio Boom Account
Step 2: Press Record (red circle upper right hand corner)
Step 3: When you stop the recording, give it title and click publish



Step 1: Go to AudioBoom and click Profile.  All of your recordings will appear
Step 2: Click on the recording you would like to use
Step 3: Copy the link
Step 4: Go to http://www.qr-code-generator.com/ and paste your link
Step 4: Press create QR code!


Thank you for taking the time to read this post, I hope that you found it helpful!  Let me know if you have any questions or comments!

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