The Best Story - one of the first books read each year in Writer's Workshop.  It's great for teaching where writer's get their ideas.  In the end, the main character learns that the best story comes from your heart.  After reading it, give each student a paper heart and they fill it with words/pictures of the things/people they love.  I'm interested in looking at this book.

The Best Story by Eileen Spinelli (this book would be a great introduction to writing workshop or read-aloud for personal narrative)


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Elephant and Piggie comic strips! Kids would LOVE to do this as they come in first thing in the morning!:

Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems! I love the Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems! These books are fun, creative, and maintain the k.

Big Bad Wolves at School!   Hilarious! This book is also a good one to go over classroom rules. (Bill Martin Jr honor book)

Big Bad Wolves at School ISBN: 0689837992 Hilarious! This book is also a good one to go over classroom rules. (Bill Martin Jr honor book)--Cute idea for the first week of school!

10 Picture Books That Inspire Kids to Write -- with short descriptions of how and why.  Now I want to read My Map Book!

10 Books That Inspire Kids to Write (+ writing paper printables) - Playful Learning.look at short video about writer's notebook.

Texts for each of the six writing traits!! Another thing I wished I had at the beginning of the school year!! Awesome!

Inside The Classroom: Mentor Texts For Writer's Workshop and fits the Six Traits Model of Writing Instruction

such a cute book for Grandpa for Father's day. grandpa gift ideas

Fishpond Australia, How to Babysit a Grandpa by Lee Wildish (Illustrated ) Jean Reagan. Buy Books online: How to Babysit a Grandpa, ISBN Lee Wildish (Illustrated by) Jean Reagan

Books for various strategies

The Clever School Teacher: Book lists complied by reading strategies, writing traits, and common core! The common core books listed match Common Core Curriculum Map Units for ELA

Book to use for teaching "small moment" personal narrative writing

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant and Stephen Gammell This was my favorite book when I was a kid!

MostMagnificent1 300x300 Review of the Day: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires Trial and error picture book. Teaching resiliency

The Most Magnificent Thing storybook By Ashley Spires. A charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. "She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing!

The Plot Chickens - Teaches elements of story writing

This 9 page mini literature unit accompanies the picture book, The Plot Chickens by Mary Jane and Herm Auch. Summary: Henrietta the chicken love.

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