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If you were onomatopoeia, you would be a word that sounds like the action it describes. You could CRASH, BOOM, or BANG! What else could you do if you were onomatopoeia?

Nyla's Crafty Teaching: Back to School Books - A Grade Specific Reading List

Getting Ready for the last day of School with Picture Books!

Susan Stevens Crummel - Author of Picture Books for Children - Personification at its best! Mentor Text

Rocket Writes a Story by Tad Hills: MUST HAVE for writing workshop at the beginning of the year... great story (not so much for "craft," but for helping students gain a writing identity.) Rocket learns about the reading-writing connection, collecting words, choosing important topics to write about, and more.

Are you teaching similes, metaphors, figurative language, animal sayings, and/or idioms? A popular picture book of mine is Crazy Like a Fox: A Simile Story...after reading the book, this slideshow reviews the similes in the story. Photographs of the real things referenced by the similes (a herd of elephants and so on) help kids see what the comparison is all about in this FREE PowerPoint...enjoy!

If your students have ever tried to convince their parents that they need a pet...they will get the "persuasive" lesson in this book. Great as a persuasive writing hook.

How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Reagan: The text "looks" like a narrative story, but it has the language that's the hallmark of "how-to" writing combined with transitions to keep the story moving along. Embedded within the text are obvious "how-to" pieces (tips and lists) such as "Snacks for a Grandpa," "How to Entertain a Grandpa," and "How to Wake Up a Grandpa." (Would support your work with the Common Core Standards for writing.)

Read this book Online. Then check this blog post to see how to teach it "the common core way". www.helloliteracy...

Two Bad Pilgrims - Read | We Give Books

great book for teaching point of view

Just the Facts: Writing Your Own Research Report AWESOME book for teaching research writing. It is certainly more appropriate for upper elementary and middle school - but all together a wonderful resource with great pictures to use when first teaching research writing!

Sample of Guided Reading Lesson Plan forms: Great professional book

Read Alouds for the SmartBoard or Online - - 232 pages of books to choose from.