Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mentor Text Linky

We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for a Mentor Text Linky. This week the theme is Language Arts.  This category is easy because there are SO many great examples to choose but hard because how do you choose just 1?  I decided to select a book that most people either have in their own library collection or would be able to get from their school library.  So many times we find great books to use and then we can't get our hands on them.



I'm sure all of you have read books by Patricia Polacco! Thunder Cake is my favorite of all of her books.  Have you read it before?  I have used this book across grade levels (in my first grade class, with my 3rd grade student teaching class, with my 5th grade tutoring student) and it has been great in each case.

In this book, the girl in the story is frightened by storms.  Her grandmother wants to help her overcome her fear.  They do this by making a "thunder cake," which is no easy task!  The girl is forced to go outside and gather the ingredients needed to bake the cake; even with the storm fast approaching.  The girl is so busy doing this that she doesn't have time to worry about the storm.  In the end, the girl and her grandmother make the cake...just in time to eat as the storm begins.  The grandmother reminds the girl that only a brave child would be able to do what she has just done!  At the end of the story there is a recipe for thunder cake, which the kiddos just love to see.  They always ask, "Can we make it?"  There is a graphic organizer below if you'd like to give this book a try!


Enjoy your Sunday!

12 comments:

  1. Tamara & Sarah--

    Thanks so much for sharing this mentor text--the before, during, and after activity sheet will be great to use! I am a Patricia Polacco obsessed fan! I am so glad to have found your blog doing the mentor text link up with Collaboration Cuties. Just became a follower and will be back to soon...

    All the best--
    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

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    1. We are happy to have you join us! Glad you like the freebie!

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  2. Hey ladies! The 2nd grade teacher at my school reads Patricia Polacco to her class. I wish I could! I love her! She is one of the BEST writers! They do make the Thunder Cake but as laws get stricter and stricter, I don't know how much longer they will be able to do it.

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    1. That's neat that they make the cake! Yes, the laws are getting more rigid with food activities. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Thanks so much for the graphic organizer! I love this book! :)
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey


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  4. I looooove Patricia Polacco and I loooooove Thundercake. This story was in our 3rd grade anthology book (when I taught 3rd) and we read it every year and then made a thundercake at the end of the unit. The class always loved it and were amazed at the ingredients that go into the cake and yet it still tastes good!

    Thanks for linking up!!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. Thanks for hosting such a great linky. She is an amazing author!

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  5. Thanks for the graphic organizer. We have been studying Patricia Polacco, but I have never read Thunder Cake. I am gonna check it out from our library this week! Thanks!

    Kristi
    Lucky in Learning

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  6. Your kiddos will like it, especially since you are studying Polacco's work. Thank you for stopping by! Have a nice week!

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  7. Great organizer, I think Teaching Maddness had a recipe to go along with this book and some other plans for some of Polacco's works... I have a feeling between her post and yours a unit of study is going to have to happen next year... :)

    Christy
    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

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