Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pilgrim Hats and Book Clubs

I am SUPER envious of those of you have the whole week off!!!

I will still be teaching 2.5 days next week.  If you are too maybe you can use these directions for making pilgim hats for boys and girls.
I started Book Clubs with my above grade level reading group. As an introduction to book clubs, I picked a pretty easy book (Sammy the Seal AR level 2.0) so they can focus on the new skill of responsibly stopping to answer  questions as they read.

I met with them Monday and they have been working at their own pace during Daily 5. If they have trouble with a question they may ask another Book Club member for help. It is pretty cute to see firsties debating literature responses. I have been checking in and they have all finished and taken an AR test. We will meet to discuss the book and their packet answers this Monday.

One of my students is reading WAY above grade level so he is reading The Chocolate Touch AR 4.7 and has his own packet.
Both Sammy the Seal and The Chocolate Touch are available in my TPT store with some others if you are interested.

Book Clubs work well for me. The only problem is our book room has not been updated or DUSTED in ??? years. My nose seriously revolts when I have to use those books. I wonder if I can get a parent volunteer to work on that?? Do you have a book room? Are the books encased in baggies or something so you don't have this problem? Do tell.



  1. Very it...

    When I taught pre-k, for Thanksgiving, I made color pattern Native American head bands with the class. I used sentence strips and cut out different shapes of leaves and feathers. They looked so cute!

  2. I'm off all next week! :) Cute hats, though!
    Our book room is FILTHY. Besides dust, critters live in there. And they leave behind their poop. Once a year, our team goes in with rubber gloves and does the best we can. We are usually squealing and making a big racket. Our 6 pack books are in baggies with labels according to the Running Record level.
    I hope your next two days go quickly (and mine go slowly!).
    A Teeny Tiny Teacher

  3. Those are adorable hats. Maybe I can use them later in the year when we study pioneers. I can make make you feel WAY better Jenn.... up here where I live (near Calgary, Alberta) I teach ALL week and I have two evenings of Parent- Teacher conferences! Enjoy you time off.... sounds like you are earning it this year!

  4. I have not used book clubs before but would love to start. I have quite a few upper level readers this year. What are some of the other books that you use? Your worksheet look great! I will get them from your store.
    Thanks for any words of wisdom you have for me.

  5. THANK YOU! I'm the one who talked to you on TPT about your book clubs! I started one of your old ones last week and can't wait to do these! :)

  6. Passed out the Sunshine Award to you. Thanks for bringing me sunshine, messages, and motivation!

    1st in Maine

  7. Loving the book clubs!!
    I just awarded you the Sunshine Award!
    Come on over to see the "rules"

  8. I awarded you the Sunshine Award because I love your blog! First Class with Mrs. Mac