Getting To The Core, With Clothing, Specifically--What She Wore!
Mary Wore A Red Dress is another of my favorite back to school books.
It’s a great book for introducing color words to students.
In my “Red Dress Packet” I’ve included 11 color-picture cards to go with the book. You can pass them out to your students to use as manipulatives when you read the story.
Print and laminate them. Attach a magnet or piece of Velcro to the back and have students sequence them on your white board or a flannel board to enhance story time.
After the reading, pass out the pieces again and have students retell the story using the manipulatives. See if they can get them in the proper order.
I’ve also included 2 different class books with two different writing prompts.
One reinforces their name and what they wore to school having them incorporate a describing color word. “My name is _______________. I wore ______________________ to school.”
The first page begins with the teacher: “I'm the teacher, _____________. I wore _______________ to school."
The other is a take off of Martin’s Brown Bear and asks: “________________ what do you see?” What makes this class book so special is that the teacher glues the students’ first day photograph on the pages and students use describing words to write the sentence.
There’s even a page for the teacher.
You could also take pictures of the principal, secretary, lunch staff, librarian, playground assistants and anyone else you think students need to be familiar with, and include those in the book, so you can use it as a handy reference tool as well, helping your students become familiar with names as well as faces.
This 38-page packet of fun activities that reinforce color recognition, reading, writing and math skills also includes:
Class book pages are great for your Daily 5 activities, or September writing prompts!
Click on the link to view/download Activities For Mary Wore A Red Dress Packet
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“Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the whole world.” –Albert Einstein
Even your most reluctant writers will enjoy contributing a page to a class made book. I try to make one each week, sometimes more depending on the themes I’m doing.
Students TRACE the sentence and fill in the blank. So that they don’t have a problem with spelling and I can manage this activity with an entire class without a lot of repetitive questions, I gather everyone in front of the white board.
Read the prompt and then ask your students to give you as many examples as they can think of.
I tell my Y5’s to put on their thinking caps and we make motions and sounds to do that.
As they raise their hands and give me suggestions, I write them on the board.
They choose an idea from the list and then take their seats and get down to business.
I always do a sample, complete with an illustration, so that they have a model to refer to, that is posted on the board.
When everyone is done with their page, we do the graphing extension(s). I laminate their contributions + the graph(s) and put them into a book, and then read it to the class.
Afterwards, it goes into our “Class Made Books” basket. This is one of my students’ favorite items to read during quiet time.
Some of the books we make I develop as a nice follow up for a popular story that we’ve just read.
These stories usually follow a theme such as Jan Brett’s The Mitten or the classic winter fairy tale The Gingerbread Man.
For the gingerbread story, I pass out Keebler gingerbread cookies and tell my students to take just one bite. I ask for a show of hands to see who bit off what and then they write and illustrate their page. I also graph the results.
Click on the link to view/print Our Mitten class book.
Click on the link to view/print Our Gingerbread Man class book.
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Happy Winter Writing!