My all-time favorite book for teaching text-to-self connections is “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” by Judith Viorst. It’s so easy for the kids to connect to the many events that put Alexander in a bad mood.
A good one to pair with “Alexander” is “The Pout Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen. It’s about a glum fish with an “ever-present pout” who spreads “dreary wearies all over the place.” The book lends itself to student participation and the kids love the Pout Pout Fish song.
I like reading these two books at the beginning of the year because they spark good discussions about attitude and the fact that we are in control of our own behavior. We also get into what makes a good friend and how to cheer someone up.
I like to have my students put their connections into writing by telling about a time when they had a bad day. I included this page as a freebie for you. I also have a generic venn diagram you can use to compare Alexander and the Pout Pout Fish (or any two characters you’d like).
I’m sure many of you use “The Lorax” for teaching text-to-world connections, but I wanted to share this activity I did that goes along with the book in case you haven’t seen it. I found the free mustache template and writing prompt on this site.
For my Friday Find I’m sharing my new printer, which is on sale right now at Best Buy. I was in desperate need of a new one, and I absolutely LOVE this guy. It has amazing picture quality and even allows you to print directly from your phone. I love that it can scan and fax without needing a phone line.
Finally, I’m linking up with Janis from Grade 3 is the Place for Me for a Newbie Blogger Linky. Here are my answers to her 5 questions:
1. I live in a suburb of Chicago, IL.
2. My current teaching position is 4th grade, a brand new grade level for me. I couldn’t be more thrilled!
3. My teaching experience includes one year in fifth and three years in first. Moving around can be tough, but I thrive on change.
4. I started blogging about a month ago and it’s been such a great experience so far. I love being able to share resources and ideas from teachers from all over the country.
5. My advice for new bloggers is to join linky parties because they help you connect with amazing bloggers. Oh, and turn off the evil word verifier!
Enjoy your weekend, everyone! :)