Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mentor Text Linky 5.5.13

Good Morning! We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their weekly Mentor Text Linky!


This week, the "theme" is Language Arts.  We are sharing a book called Spoon.  If you've read this before you know how adorable it is.  If you haven't ever read it..it's a MUST READ!  Our kiddos love it and we do too!



This is the blurb Amazon had about Spoon and it perfectly captures the essence of the book:

We especially agree with the last sentence in this blurb.  :)  As for a LA tie, we use an Opinion Writing activity after Spoon. The students have to say which utensil they'd want to be and why.  As you know with Common Core a big emphasis is showing "evidence."  While teaching Opinion Writing we talk about giving clear and specific reasoning for your opinion, this worksheet allows them to do this.   If you'd like a copy of this activity, click on the picture below.  This book is guaranteed to be a big hit in your classrooms as it is in ours.  

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28 comments:

  1. Hi~ Found you via the linky and even though I spend my time with big kids, I wanted to be one of your "buddies" too! :) Your blog is precious. :) I taught first grade for a long time. I get your kiddos love Spoon. It looks like a great book. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. Thanks for coming "down" to see us! Stop by anytime you need a first grade "fix"...we are always up to fun stuff with our kiddos!

      :) Tamra and Sarah

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  2. Cute book! It reminds me of the Greedy Triangle, who isn't happy being a triangle. Oops! Did I just make a connection? Thanks for sharing!

    Kristin
    Teachntex

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    1. Thanks for sharing that connection ;)

      :) Tamra and Sarah

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  3. I have not seen this book before - it sounds great. Thanks for the activity to go with it. You should check out the book "Spork" by Kyo McClear about a Spork that doesn't fit in either!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

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    1. Thanks for telling us about "Spork!" We will definitely have to check it out!

      :) Tamra and Sarah

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  4. This books pops up on my amazon searches often, but I haven't bought it yet.
    It is going in the cart today.
    Thanks for the activity.

    School Is a Happy Place

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    1. We don't know how we've missed this book!! We're so glad to have found it recently...it's so adorable! Hope you enjoy it too!

      :) Tamra and Sarah

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  5. How cute is this book?!? Oh my goodness, I can't wait to check it out. And for the record, I'd like to be a spork. :-P
    Jivey
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    1. We'd love to be sporks too...just think of how much we could get done and how versatile we could be!

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  6. Hi girls!
    What a great way to teach opinion writing with using evidence from the text! I love books like this that help kids realize how important it is to be their own special person and nobody else- our little friends need those reminders!
    Aylin
    Learning to the Core

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    1. Using books for Opinion Writing has been essential this year! It has really helped our kiddos!

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  7. Looks like a great book! I have Chopsticks, and I think it's by the same author. Love how you used it for opinion writing.

    Gwen
    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

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    1. Ooh! We have to check out Chopsticks! Thanks for mentioning it!

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  8. This looks like a great story! I must get it for our collection... Thanks for the writing activity as well!

    Have a great week--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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  9. This is a great book, and it teaches a great lesson for our kids. Thanks for sharing!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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    1. Yes, it is good for teaching the lesson or message of the story!

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  10. Thanks for sharing! I had never heard of this book, but it looks adorable and is in my Amazon cart!
    First Grade is Wonderful

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  11. I can't wait to try this one out! Thanks for sharing such a sweet little text with the world!

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  12. Oh wow! How cute is this book?!? I love it!! I will have to check it out!! This is why I love this linky (but my wallet doesn't!)

    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. We know what you mean...we keep pinning all the good books we find! Keeps it easy on the wallet for now...

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  13. This is so cute! I must get this book! Thanks for the fantastic freebie. It looks like such a fun way to practice opinion writing.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Becky
    Compassionate Teacher

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    1. You're welcome! Yes, make sure to get this book!

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  14. I have this book! I was looking for opinion writing mentor texts on Pinterest when I found this. Thank you for sharing.

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