Growing Readers and Writers by Teaching with Mentor Texts



Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.

Hello and welcome to the Reading Crew's Growing Readers and Writing Link Up.  On each blog, we will be sharing a mentor text lesson using the book we've chosen. The lesson will be modeling a reading or writing skill.  The materials that are shared may be forever freebies or may be free for a limited time. Please take note of this as you visit the blogs. 

Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.
I chose From Seed to Plant by Gail Gibbons.  Gail Gibbons has an excellent collection of non-fiction books that can be used at all grade levels.  The lesson freebie I will be providing is Kindergarten/1st Grade resource.

This book is beautifully illustrated and explains the parts of a flower, how seeds travel, the life cycle of a plant and a book based project at the end.

These lessons are best for kindergarten and first grade.  The writing activity addresses CCS.ELA-Literacy.W.K.8 and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

It is helpful to set and display your purpose for reading before starting.  After reading the book aloud, brainstorm some answers with the class.

Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.

Next, the student can take their worksheet and fill in their own answers.  Depending on your students, they can draw a picture to represent the way a seed travels, write a word, draw a picture with a word, or draw a picture with a sentence.  You know your students best!

Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.

The second activity can be used at another time.  Students may benefit from hearing the story again, or just the pages that explain the life cycle of plants.

The cards can be cut in half and students can sequence them.  Sometimes it is nice for them to try the activity on their own and check their own work with an answer key!

Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.
I found some online resources that go well with this book.
                                                 
TeachingBooks.net has some audio/video student friendly interviews with Gail Gibbons. 


This is Gail Gibbon's personal website.


Brain Pop Jr. also has a video titled "Plant Life Cycle".  You will have to have an account to view this video.

Click the image below to download the freebies mentioned in this post.

 


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Check out this mentor text for kindergarten and first grade writing.  This post features Gail Gibbon's book From Seed to Plant and includes two free activities.





5 Essential Supplies for Small Group Reading



Check out the 5 supplies that are think are essential to small group reading.  Students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will benefit from these tips!  These supplies keep our small group reading group on track, organized, and hassle free.

There are 5 supplies that make reading groups hassle free - here they are in no particular order:

These small group reading bins are essential to productive/hassle free groups.  This is a great way to keep student materials organized.  When you see multiple groups a day you need a streamlined way to keep organized and this is it!  Check out the full post to learn more details!

I change my small group organizational system every year...but this year I finally found something that I love!  Each group has their own bin and since students change I started labeling them by time rather than using their names. It makes life much easier.  These are on a shelf that is easily accessible to the students so they can be responsible for their own materials.

This date stamp is an essential supply for small group reading.  Having a date stamp is a great way to save time as well as document student work.  Students love using it and it is a time saver.   Check out the full post for more details and small group reading essentials!

This is so simple and yet it is a student favorite! They are fascinated by it - how does it lock?  How does it get ink?  How do you change the date?  It is a magical essential to our group!  They love to put the date on any paper they can get their hands on and I love the time is saves!

It is also helpful when students stamp the date in their journals or on other work that we have done. Having the date on everything is a great way to show progress.  The students can see how much their writing has improved over time.  Dated work samples are also great to have at a meeting/conference about students

Side note: you may be asking yourself - What's with the washi tape?  Students know that the tape needs to be facing them so the date will stamp in the right direction!

Students use pencils most of the day so using a pen during their reading group can be very motivating when it is time to answer some comprehension questions or write in journals.     Check out the full post for more details and small group reading essentials

Everything is more fun with a pen!  Students use pencils most of the day so using a pen during their reading group can be very motivating.  Especially when it is time to answer some comprehension questions or write in their journals.

Oops tape is an essential supply for small group reading.  When you let students use pens in their group you will need a back up plan when students make a mistake. Check out the full post for more details and small group reading essentials!

I didn't know that "oops tape" was a thing before I became a teacher!  We need oops tape because we use pens!  Spelled a word wrong?  Oops tape!  Didn't start your sentence with a capital letter?  Oops tape!  You get the drift.

The quiet light is a small group reading essential.  This comes in handy when it is time to progress monitor or do anything else that involves working 1:1 with a student while the rest of the group does quiet/independent work.  The rules for the light are simple-check out the full post for details.

This little gem comes in handy when it is time to progress monitor or do anything else that involves working 1:1 with a student while the rest of the group does quiet/independent work.  The rules are simple:  If the light is on, I can't talk to you, you can't talk to me, and you can't talk to each other.  It is amazing how much this visual has helped control the volume.

I hope you have enjoyed my 5 essential supplies for small group reading. Is there something you think is essential that didn't make this list?  Leave a comment and let me know!







Check out the 5 supplies that are think are essential to small group reading.  Students in kindergarten and grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will benefit from these tips!