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!