Books & Brackets Blog Hop


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I am so excited to be a part of the Books & Brackets March Book Blog Hop.  Thanks to Jackie at Neat, Sweet & Hard to Beat and a lot of other fabulous bloggers who are a part of this blog hop.  On all of our blogs, you will get a FREEBIE and have the chance to win the book that goes along with that freebie.  You will also have the chance to win a $75 TpT gift card as well.


One of my favorite books to read in March is Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best.  It makes me think of spring and all of the bike riding my students do.  Just look at that smile on Sally Jean's face as she's riding her bike-it's infectious.  Living in Wisconsin makes spring so much better because we haven't had nice weather in like 6 months-OK, maybe not that long, but it sure does feel like it.  Those first nice days are incredible! 

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One way I use this book is for an Interactive Read Aloud.  Do you do interactive read alouds?  Tell me in the comments below.  They are one of the  most important things we do in first grade.  Lucy Calkins says, “One of the most powerful ways to teach children to think is to teach them to engage in thoughtful discussions...” from her book A Guide to the Reading Workshop-Primary Grades by Lucy Calkins.  Chapter 3: What Does Research Say that All Readers Need? 

We want to teach our students to be thoughtfully literate and interactive read alouds are a great way to do just that.  I just did a periscope on why I do them daily and how I organize and plan for them for my classroom. You can watch it here or click below!



Here is the product that I refer to in that periscope-it's FREE!
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I am also giving you a FREE Interactive Read Aloud.  It will only be free for a limited time, so make sure to grab it now.  Make sure to leave feedback to let me know what you think!
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So now for the giveaways!  You can enter 2 (YES, TWO) different giveaways here.  The first is for a free copy of Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen from me.  

Enter below:

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The second giveaway is made possible by 15 other fabulous K-2 bloggers.  You can win a $75 TpT Gift card to use on anything of your choice on Teachers pay Teachers.  


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Make sure to enter THIS WEEKEND because they will end at midnight on March 13th!  And make sure to click through the blog hop to the other fabulous blogs to get a FREEBIE and the chance to win more great books.  




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Make sure to come back on Monday to see if you are the big winner! 

Happy March! 

16 comments

  1. I love your quote from Lucky Calkins! Thoughtful and engaging conversations around books is so important in the classroom. I haven't read this book yet but am definitely adding to my list of books to get! Thank you for participating in the blog hop!

    Jackie
    Neat Sweet & Hard to Beat

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    1. Thanks so much Jackie and thanks for organizing this blog hop. I'd say it's been a success and it's only the first day!
      Paige

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  2. I so hear you about the weather....I live in New England. We can get an awful winter, though we've been lucky this winter. I've never done much in regards to interactive read alouds but I will look into it because it sounds really great.

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    1. Thanks for your comment. We've actually had a really "mild" winter too, I'm just waiting for it to hit us hard in March. I love interactive read alouds and they are SO important, especially in primary grades. I'd love to chat more about them. Let me know if you have any questions.
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      Paige

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  3. I completely agree! In my district we follow the Lucy Calkins writing units of study and just started the reading units of study this year! I will be adding this book to my list of must haves! Thanks for sharing the freebie! :)

    Cait
    Sliding into First!

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment. I LOVE Lucy. I hope you enjoy this book and the freebie!

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  4. Great freebie! Love the sticky note idea--something I've done as well!! They work GREAT and are huge time-savers!

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    1. Thanks for your comment. I love printing on sticky notes too. Anything to save time.

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  5. I love doing interactive read alouds in my room too! What great freebies! Looking forward to checking out your scope! Thanks so much for sharing.

    ~Laura
    Luv My Kinders

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    1. I'm so glad you do Interactive Read Alouds. Your students will benefit greatly from them! Let know if you have other questions!

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  6. Wow this is fantastic! Our school just began implementing the Teacher College curriculum mid-year. I truly love it but it is challenging. I am excited for the freebie and to see your periscope as the Read Alouds are engaging and fun but definitely take time to plan. Thank you! I would love to chat more about this program if/when you have time. anchorsawayinfirstgrade@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/anchorsawayinfirstgrade/

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    1. Hi Kim! I would love to chat Units of Study. I'm going to NYC this summer for the reading institute, so maybe then I can have more to share. But for now, let me know if you have questions! ourelementarylives@gmail.com

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  7. This is awesome! You know that I am a huge fan of Lucy Calkins also. I am always looking for fresh ideas for Interactive Read Alouds. The book is adorable also - I've never heard of it but will definitely be using it! Thanks!
    Sarah
    Mrs B's First Grade

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    1. Hi friend! Thanks for your comment. We are secret teacher soul sisters! Hopefully we'll get to connect in NYC this summer! I'm glad you found this book too.

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  8. Hi Paige! We use Lucy Calkins Writing Units for writing. I'll have to get her Reader's Workshop book now. Thank you for sharing your ideas and information.
    Mona
    First Grade Schoolhouse

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    1. I love both the reading AND the writing. We have fully implemented both and I'm a huge fan. Thanks for your comment.

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