This week I'm taking a break from our basal reader to review some concepts with fun "Halloween" books. Last week I posted on my Facebook page asking others what their favorite Halloween books were. I got some great responses and ordered a few off Amazon but I knew they wouldn't be here in time for me to teach with this week. Then I remembered that I got some Halloween books in my latest scholastic order and found Creepy Carrots!
Creepy Carrots is about a rabbit named Jasper who LOVES carrots until one day creepy carrots start following him or so he thinks! This is a super cute book with a great lesson. It isn't exactly "Halloween" but it is perfect for this time of year and my kids LOVED the story. I had one student come up to me today to tell me that he checked out this book from our local library. I love finding books that motivate them read. :)
We started out the week by introducing some new vocabulary words and adding them to our reading response journal. They loved learning the word "sinister" and used it a lot in their writing this week. I think they thought they were getting away with saying a bad word. LOL
We reviewed story elements and added them to our journals. We glue a lot of pages like this into our journals because lets just face it...having them just write it will more than likely be a hot mess with some students and it just isn't worth the battle.
We've been working hard on cause and effect and this story is great for that.
During small groups this week, we used these comprehension task cards to review the story. We are working hard on answering questions using complete sentences. This was perfect practice and just what they needed.
All of these activities and more can be found in my Creepy Carrots unit.
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Have you read Creepy Carrots?