Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mentor Text Linky 6.30.13

Happy Sunday!
We are linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Mentor Text Linky!  This week the theme is a teacher favorite; Back to School books.  There are WAY TOO MANY of these to choose from!   A book we love to read at the beginning of the year is Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister.  Many of you know the book; but in case you haven't read it....
Rainbow Fish is about a beautiful fish with sparkling scales that is greedy and selfish. He does not want to "share" his scales.  He soon learns that not sharing and unfriendly ways lead to a lonely life without friends and happiness.  Once he decides to become friendly with the other fish he sees how great friendship is.  He also learns that his beauty is only 1 part of his character.    



After reading The Rainbow Fish, we make an anchor chart with "Rainbow Fish" behaviors and "Stinky Fish" behaviors.  Rainbow Fish behaviors are written on colorful fish and Stinky Fish behaviors are written on brown fish.  We think about how friends should and should not act at school and elsewhere.  This is one of our favorite lessons of the year; we leave it hanging in the classroom as a constant reminder.   


An activity we will try this year after reading Rainbow Fish is "My New Friend."  This writing activity will give the kiddos a chance to write about a new friend they have made in the first couple days of school.  Grab your free copy by clicking below...


These ideas and a ton more are available in our "O'fish'ally Back to School" packet.  There are over 30 Back to School activities across Reading, Writing, and Math (as well as a lot of other goodies for the classroom) for only $5!  Check it out!

Have a great day!


12 comments:

  1. I think I am getting jealous of all the blogging buddies! First Stacia and Amanda and now Tamra and Sarah. Could you all stop being so darned cute! I love the book Rainbow Fish and although I cannot use it with my sixth grade gifted class, I can recommend it to other teachers on my staff. Thanks for sharing an old favourite. I posted about an oldie but goodie too!
    Sidney
    Teachingisagift

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    1. It is nice for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. This is such a cute book...I've forgotten all about it. Thanks for the reminder!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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  3. CUTTTEEEE Pack you guys that goes with the Rainbow Fish!! Its amazing :) Great for the first week of school!

    Julia
    The Army Wife Teacher

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  4. Awwww...what a sweet activity to go with such a sweet book. :)
    ~Brandee
    Creating Lifelong Learners

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    1. Thanks, Brandee! It is a sweet book, isn't it?!

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  5. I love this story! Your anchor chart looks great! Like the fish theme...

    Have a great week--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! It's definitely one of our favorite Back to School lessons; and the kiddos love it too.

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  6. Awww, how cute!! What fun! I'm not sure I've ever even read that book, but I know the younger grade teachers in our school do a lot with it! It looks adorable and I love the Rainbow vs Stinky fish activity!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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    1. Thanks. Probably a bit young for your kiddos, but still a good message!

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