I should be packing for our upcoming family vacation. Instead, I'm sharing with you my newest product that I actually sat down and created! It's taken me a little over a month to actually sit down and start on my "TpT to-do" list. I guess it's better late than never!
I love children's literature. I guess that's because I'm an early childhood teacher. I especially love those books that engage the students and allow them opportunities to interact with the text. Our district follows the Balanced Literacy model in the lower grades. One of my favorite components is the interactive read aloud. As a teacher, I absolutely love reading to my kids. And with the interactive read loud component I still get to read aloud to them, BUT, I get to dig a little deeper into the text and be a little more purposeful with the types of text I read. I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't that thrilled with all the "turning and talking" that the CCSS calls for. But over the past year I have seen how easy it is to do as long as I'm intentional with what standards I'm wanting to cover with a particular text. Previewing the text prior to reading takes time, but I have found that it is a necessary evil when preparing for lessons. My class last year really became great thinkers because of this model. They amazed me with their connections and relevant questions during our interactive read loud time. This was all due to the fact that I was teaching them how to engage themselves as active listeners and learners. And, because I had a great planning team that really took the time to find great literature to use for the standards we were teaching at the time!
As I mentioned above, I love books that are engaging and allow for the students to be active participants in a read aloud. One of the most engaging book series that I can think of is the Froggy series by Jonathan London. Who doesn't love that green frog?! Can't you hear your students now? FROOOGGGGYYYYY? WHAAAAAATTTTT? I don't know a kid who doesn't love these books! And as an 1st grade teacher, I sure do love reading them in class! When I found out that Nikki, Ms. Melonheadz herself, had created graphics to go along with this series, I KNEW I had to create something to go along with this series of books. So I did.
This was a fun unit to create. And the graphics were just adorable! I tried to include lots of different activities that would match any of the books in the series. There are a few "book specific" activities, but for the most part the other activities can be used with any Froggy books that you may have in your library.
Here's whats included in the pack:
I can't wait to use this with my new class. I hope they love Froggy as much as I do!
If you would like to check this new unit out, you can find it in my TpT or TN store. I've marked it 20% off until Saturday.
What's your all time favorite interactive read aloud book? I would love to know! Leave a response with your email address and I will pick 1 winner to receive my new Fun With Froggy pack. I will pick the winner Sunday night before the family and I set sail for the Bahamas Monday morning!