Monday, January 21, 2019

Jan Brett Winter Book Activities

Jan Brett is our favorite winter author! 
Her sweet stories with their gorgeous pictures make us love them even more.
Jan Brett book study companion activities, featuring literacy activities for The Mitten and The Hat. Perfect for a winter theme in Kindergarten and First Grade! Packed with fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. Common Core aligned. K-1. #janbrett #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #1stgrade #thehat #themitten #kindergarten #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #1stgradereading #kindergartenreading #picturebookactivities #winterbooks

Here are our favorite Jan Brett winter books:
THE MITTEN
Students can relate to Nicki losing a mitten in the snow...but Jan Brett makes the story fun by having several forest animals burrow inside of the mitten to stay warm. From a tiny field mouse to a large bear, they all squeeze in! A cute story with a fun ending, The Mitten is a great book to teach about sequencing events and characters in the story.

Here are some activities we've done with this book:
VOCABULARY MATCHING
The Mitten book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #themitten #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
STORY SEQUENCE
The Mitten book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #themitten #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
UNIT COVER
The Mitten book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #themitten #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
STORY ELEMENTS
The Mitten book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #themitten #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
CUT & PASTE ACTIVITY
The Mitten book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #themitten #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
TEXT TO SELF CONNECTIONS
The Mitten book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #themitten #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
MAKING WORDS
The Mitten book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #themitten #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
The Mitten book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #themitten #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
Find these activities (and more!) {here}

THE HAT
Poor Hedgie gets a stocking stuck on his prickles, and now it looks like he's wearing a hat. To make matters worse, the other animals tease him about it. Hedgie gets the last laugh though! The Hat is a great book to teach about dealing with others.

Here are some activities we've done with this book:
UNIT COVER
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
OPINION PAGES
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
FICTION AND NON-FICTION STORY ELEMENTS
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
VOCABULARY ACTIVITIES
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
WRITING PROMPTS
The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities

The Hat book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thehat #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
Find these activities (and more!) {here}

THE SNOWY NAP
Our favorite character Hedgie is back in Jan Brett's newest book. This time Hedgie wants to forgo his snowy nap so that he can stay awake and see what winter is like. The Snowy Nap is a great book to teach about winter, winter activities, and the beauty of the season.

Here are some activities we've done with this book:
CHARACTER TRAITS
The Snowy Nap book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten and First Grade based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thesnowynap #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
STORY RETELL WRITING ACTIVITY
The Snowy Nap book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten and First Grade based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thesnowynap #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
VOCABULARY ABC ORDER
The Snowy Nap book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten and First Grade based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thesnowynap #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
TRUE OR FALSE COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
The Snowy Nap book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten and First Grade based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thesnowynap #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
STORY NOTES
The Snowy Nap book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten and First Grade based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thesnowynap #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
The Snowy Nap book study companion literacy activities for Kindergarten and First Grade based on the book by Jan Brett. Packed with fun ideas and literacy activities in a winter theme. Common Core aligned. #thesnowynap #janbrett #bookstudy #bookstudies #winteractivities #kindergarten #literacy #winterbooks #kindergartenreading #1stgradereading #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #guidedreading #picturebookactivities
Find these activities (and more!) {here}

Monday, January 14, 2019

Owl Moon Book Activities

One of my favorite winter books is Owl Moon by Jane Yolen.
It's the story of a father and child who go out into the winter night in search of owls.

This book is rich in its sensory language, which is why I love to use it to teach about visualization.

It's a wonderful winter book to study for grades 1-3.
Owl Moon book study companion activities. Perfect for a winter theme in the classroom! Packed with fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. Common Core aligned. Grades 1-2. #owlmoon #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #1stgrade #2ndgrade #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #winterbooks #picturebookactivities
Here are a few activities in my pack that go with this winter story:
VISUALIZATION
Owl Moon book study companion activities. Perfect for a winter theme in the classroom! Packed with fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. Common Core aligned. Grades 1-2. #owlmoon #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #1stgrade #2ndgrade #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #winterbooks #picturebookactivities
 SENSORY LANGUAGE & MAKING WORDS
Owl Moon book study companion activities. Perfect for a winter theme in the classroom! Packed with fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. Common Core aligned. Grades 1-2. #owlmoon #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #1stgrade #2ndgrade #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #winterbooks #picturebookactivities
 VOCABULARY ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Owl Moon book study companion activities. Perfect for a winter theme in the classroom! Packed with fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. Common Core aligned. Grades 1-2. #owlmoon #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #1stgrade #2ndgrade #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #winterbooks #picturebookactivities
 EVIDENCE FROM THE TEXT {COMPREHENSION} & CAN-HAVE-ARE GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
Owl Moon book study companion activities. Perfect for a winter theme in the classroom! Packed with fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. Common Core aligned. Grades 1-2. #owlmoon #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #1stgrade #2ndgrade #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #winterbooks #picturebookactivities
 You can find the pack {here}
Owl Moon book study companion activities. Perfect for a winter theme in the classroom! Packed with fun ideas and guided reading literacy activities. Common Core aligned. Grades 1-2. #owlmoon #winter #bookstudy #bookstudies #literacy #guidedreading #1stgrade #2ndgrade #bookcompanion #bookcompanions #1stgradereading #2ndgradereading #winterbooks #picturebookactivities
Find more fun winter activities here:

Monday, January 07, 2019

Snow Many Books!

SNOW MANY BOOKS
'Snow Many Books' winter themed book display for a library or classroom. #winter #winterbulletinboard #winterbooks #picturebooks #kindergarten #library #classlibrary #1stgrade #2ndgrade #classbooks
This is my current library display! 
It was time to switch out the Christmas books for a winter theme. 
I have integrated fiction and non-fiction selections to appeal to as many readers as possible :)
I have to keep adding new books to the display as the display books are borrowed...a busy but worthwhile cause.

Happy winter reading!
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