Mentor Text: One Big Rain and a chance to win!

We all know about my obsession to books...
The first step to recovery is admitting it, right?

I have a confession.
I am addicted to books.
All kinds.

Big books, small books, square books, round books.
Long books, short books, chapter books, picture books.

I don't discriminate, I love em' all!

So obv. I LOVE Collaboration Cuties Mentor Text linky where I get to share books I love and get so many suggestions from others to feed my addiction! (Who wants to be in recovery from a book addiction, anyways? ;) )

This weeks topic: SCIENCE

I don't teach Science, but my teaching partner and I try to work hand in hand and build off of each other. She does an an entire weather unit where they talk about precipitation and make weather predictions. I like to pair this book up with her lessons:



How ADORABLE and beautiful is this cover?!

I try and integrate all subjects as much as possible, and I love using poetry to get my kiddos more exposure to different types of writing! This book has 20 different poems written by famous poets (like Carl Sandburg). They are all about precipitation. They're divided up by season, too so it's great to teach about the changing of the seasons and what precipitation is like.

I teach this fairly simply. We read 4 poems a day for a week. Day one we read the first four poems and journal about our thoughts. We discuss the meanings and write our thoughts and connections. Day 2 we compare and contrast. We compare various poems with a simple venn diagram and share our findings. Day 3-4 we usually take the poems and use them to make connections to our own weather during those seasons. Day 5 we write our own "precipitation poems" based on the weather we're having. I have a cute umbrella shape the kiddos trace and write their poem on it! (Hopefully I can turn that into a TPT product here soon and post it for y'all!)

So there you have it! A simple way to integrate LA and Science:)

I'm gonna kill two birds with one stone here (awful to say considering it's almost Earth Day, I know!)
I'm also linking up with Latoya at Flying into First Grade since I've missed this amazing linky the last two weeks!
This week's topic: 3 favorite places in our second homes, our classrooms!

1. Our Reading Corner:
I love the bright colors and comfy/coziness of our reading corner. i've added lamps and a few other comfy chairs since this picture was taken! The kiddos LOVE curling up with a good book in this area (I'm known to sit and grade in it after school, too!)

2. Daily 5 and I Can Statement Boards:

I love being able to have such large bulletin boards to hang information up! I love the look of thee two cute boards :)

3. Library:
If you read above, you know I love books. So obviously one of my favorite places is where i house all of these books- our library! We keep fiction books in the blue bins, and nonfiction in the green. I love that the kiddos practice genres when putting the books back, and can see the covers clearly in these bins. I also love that they learn the genres they're interested in so they can look for books fast!

Happy Sunday everyone! Have a great week! We are celebrating Earth Day tomorrow in our classroom with a little Lorax Craftivity! We read the book on Friday and started working on our writings! Tomorrow we will take time out of test prep review and make our craft and watch the movie!
Click here to download this product from my TPT store. Also, comment with how you celebrate Earth Day in your classroom and I will pick a winner tomorrow to get this pack for free! Make sure to leave your email in the comment :)

19 comments

  1. I love the idea do integrating science and LA. Great idea!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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  2. I agree with you- the cover of the Rainy Day poem book is beautiful. Since you enjoyed that book, have you tried "Poems for Two Voices"? It's a book of two part poems- read by two people at the same time. My students love to perform these poems! I am also loving your classroom!

    Carol

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  3. I'm not sure yet how I'm going to celebrate Earth Day. I will probably read "The Lorax" and we will watch the movie on Friday. I also want the students to work outside in our outdoor classroom we have picking up trash and such. I guess I should figure out what we are going to do! :)
    -Melissa

    mahoopingarner (at) gmail (dot) com

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  4. I am addicted to books as well...can't help myself, I've finally learned to budget money every year to pay for my addiction. :)

    I love your classroom colors!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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  5. I love integrating reading into my content areas and this book looks like one that will be making its way to my Amazon cart soon! :) For Earth Day, we are performing "The Great Kapok Tree" for our buddy class. They kids are psyched! Glad I found your blog!

    Jennifer
    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

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  6. I am going to show a couple of Earth Day videos and then talk about how we can take care of the Earth. Nothing too fancy since my school is really strict about what we teach =/
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

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  7. As a fellow book addict, I will pick up this wonderful poem book for the classroom! Just came upon your blog with the mentor text link up. I have become a follower and will be back to read future posts...

    Smiles,
    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

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  8. That book looks fantastic-putting it on my wish list now! I love your favorite places!!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  9. I am loving the colors in your room!! The reading corner is great!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  10. We do a "We Love the Earth" craft and writing activity!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  11. Ooooo, I love that you don't even science and yet you still integrate it for your partner teacher AND you still linked up! Wohoooo! You rock!!!!

    I love, love, love books too, which is probably why my addictive personality started this linky (it gives me reasons to buy more books and now this book is on my list too!)

    Where did you get those circle rugs??? I have to have them!! They are the perfect colors for my room and I have polka dots in my room too! Love it!!

    I'm so excited you linked up! Yay!!!!!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  12. I have never seen that book before - but I will definitely add it to my to-buy-ASAP list (which is ever-growing!)
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Your classroom is so cute- and color-coordinated! I love the "I Can" board - helps to motivate students and hold them accountable too.

    Found you through the linky - and am so glad that I did!

    ~Jessica
    Joy in the Journey

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  13. I love your reading corner. Such a great idea with the little round mats! I also love your color scheme! Adorable!

    Tara
    TeachingwithTWitte

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  14. That is a new book to me as well! We made earth bracelets on Friday. This little craft would be perfect to do tomorrow!

    kellybrown28021@gmail.com

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  15. Your room is absolutely adorable!! Love it! And, I am a fellow book addict as well!

    Robin
    The Bomb-Diggity Classroom

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  16. Sometimes I feel like Science just gets pushed by the way side at the end of the day and I am always scrambling to fit it in! This is such a great way to incorporate science into language arts. Just ordered this book on Amazon because we are about to start poetry and just ended weather!! PERFECT! Thanks for the great ideas :)

    Julia
    The Army Wife Teacher

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  17. I want to check out this book to look at just for the poetry unit we will do in May. It looks really cute.
    ~April Walker
    The Idea Backpack
    Balancing the Backpack

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  18. I am loving your reading corner! It's amazing! :). I also love those book baskets - where did you get them?

    :) Hugs! Sugar and Spice

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  19. You hae an amazing blog and a fabulously coordinated classroom. I'm so glad I found your blog. Thanks for letting us peek into your classroom.
    Sandra
    www.savvyteachingtips.blogspot.com

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