One of my kindergarten teacher friends started this book sort for her sweeties. Before she would read a book to the students they would study the title and cover to determine genre and author’s purpose. I knew I wanted to use this same idea in my classroom at the middle school, so I developed a genre sort for my students to use throughout the year, What I love, is that every time I share a book or article, it has become instinct for my students to begin analyzing the title and cover without even being asked!
This lesson is everything you need for any classroom/grade level, minus the pocket chart:)! Just download, print, laminate if you want, and VOILA! Your genre sort is ready to go. I have included six fiction/nonfiction book cover pairs that my students LOVE for you to use. These are just examples/ideas for you to get started with. I encourage you to print covers of any book that you read in your classroom too!
The lesson includes all of my modeled lessons- 5 senses chart, word referent chart, modeled sample, and finished product that I did with my students. AND directions for the art connection! Everything you need including the parent note if you would like to allow your students to bring their favorite candy to school while charting their 5 senses. This lesson was a hit in my classroom and I know it will be in your class too!
This is a fun and engaging lesson using monster books you probably already have in your classroom! I got to spend some time in kindergarten teaching this lesson, and the samples turned out so cute! Love this lesson and want to use it in your classroom? Download it today!
The Nutty Squirrel unit focuses on students analyzing the narrative genre of writing through the passage The Nutty Squirrel. In these lessons, students will begin with annotating the passage, summarizing, creating a book cover that includes beginning, middle, and end on the narrative diamond, analyze the story critical elements, and end with a narrative writing extension task. This download is everything you need to teach the salient skills of the narrative genre and create strategic readers in your classroom.
We all love using the Little Old Lady Books in our classrooms! I got to spend the day in kindergarten last week teaching this lesson on recognizing narrative story patterns and stretching out the middle of a story. This will be a fun addition to your classroom. Make your teacher version with Velcro pieces and laminate to put in a station with the book! Students can continue to practice as the month goes on!
This ready to print unit includes:
WOW! I never thought this lesson would turn out to be as much as it did, but I was amazed! Last week, my 6th grade students and I went to our Elementary to work with one of the second grade classes. They were reading the two books Cinderella and The Rough Face Girl. My students have been responding to literature in an informational paragraph, and as I am sure you have seen, I have been modeling this in our 2, 3, and 4th grade classes as well. I partnered my students up with a second grade student and then let them teach! They did a modeled sample together on chart paper and then directed their second grader to writing their own response.
This download includes:
Book Cover for both Cinderella and Rough Face Girl- PDF
Literary Elements for both Cinderella and Rough Face Girl- PDF
Paragraph Writing for both Cinderella and Rough Face Girl- PDF
Comparison Chart- PDF
Comparison Writing- PDF