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I am thrilled to be joining my fellow Virginia bloggers for a blog hop that embraces our love of reading! Each of us is happy to share a book and resource that we LOVE to use in the classroom for this very special hop. Not only that, but you'll find a book giveaway on each page of the hop, with a super huge giveaway at the end, which just happens to be here!
My love for reading began at a very early age in the lap of my grandmother. She would read to me every single day. We'd spend hours at the library where I'd take out the maximum amount of books and then bring them home to read together. Those wonderful memories of reading with my grandmother are some of my favorite childhood memories and those years instilled in me a love of reading that will last a lifetime. As a teacher, I've always considered it a bonus that I am able to share my love for reading with 20-30 students each year, and hopefully pass my passion on to them. In fact, it's a first day ritual for me to tell them that they will love reading before they finish their fifth grade year.
It's so hard to choose my read-alouds each year because 10 years in the classroom has given me the chance to experience so many wonderful books. Being a fifth grade teacher makes me extra lucky because I have so many different books to choose from. I love bringing in picture books for lessons, and I love to read chapter books. In my classroom, I do my chapter book read-alouds a little bit differently. I give each student a copy of the book (thank you Scholastic for your many $1 deals over the years and eBay for always having exactly what I need). I don't make the students read the book with me, but I give them the option of following along in the book or listening, and then, often, I might use a part of the book for a specific lesson, which makes having a book in each hand even more beneficial. I try to always do something different that builds on their skills and strategies and sticky notes are a must-have for predictions, favorite parts, or anything else students want to make notes of during our reading.
Which brings me to one of my favorite stories, a newer one that I LOVED the instant I read it, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. This story is filled with so much emotion, and students absolutely embrace the characters, the story, and beg me to read "just one more" chapter. The One and Only Ivan is one of those stories that a teacher should fill her classroom with, to show students that reading is a fabulous, wonderful journey that is not to be missed.
I'm sharing a freebie to accompany your reading of The One and Only Ivan. This freebie includes vocabulary, comprehension questions, and an activity to go with the first 50 pages of the story. It is a small sample of my The One and Only Ivan Literature Packet. Click on the image below to grab your freebie from my store.
In addition to this freebie, I'm giving away a copy of my book in the Rafflecopter below!
To celebrate our love of reading, Virginia bloggers have also put together an additional mega-giveaway. One lucky winner will win ALL of the books (that's 19 wonderful books) in our hop! Each blogger will send you the book they've talked about. Imagine receiving 19 wonderful books for free on your doorstep and sharing them with your lovely students! Enter below for the chance to win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thanks so much for hopping by! If you haven't had the chance to hop through yet, be sure to click below to head over to the beginning of the hop at Comprehension Connection! You don't want to miss any of it!