Friday, August 15, 2014

I'm a Guest Blogger Today about a Great Back to School Read Aloud

If you are visiting from Diane's blog at Fifth in the Middle - welcome!!
Glad that you stopped by, and I hope you'll become a follower.

Today I am guest blogging over on Diane's blog for her Friends on the Fives series.

Diane is famous for creating the state blogger symbols.
She also sets up a fun March Madness bracket for teacher bloggers during the NCAA tournament.

I am currently a third grade teacher. I love to read, and I encourage that love of reading in my students.
I often try to share my literature related lessons and activities on my blog.

My guest blog post on Diane's site is about one of my favorite back to school read alouds. 

I stumbled across the Humphrey series of books by Betty Birney while visiting Barnes & Noble about two years ago.
The main character (Humphrey, the hamster) struggles with adjusting to new classmates at the beginning of the school year. The new classmates represent a wide variety of personalities, just like your average present-day classroom.

 I created a PowerPoint presentation to introduce each of the chapters in this book, and it can be yours for free in my TpT store.  

The PowerPoint slides in this product introduce each chapter of this inviting book, as well as Humphrey's Rules for School. Also included is a reflection booklet for students to visualize and respond to each chapter in the book.

 I have projected the slides from the PowerPoint on my Interactive WhiteBoard as I read the chapters aloud.  The book could also be used for small group guided reading activities.

Betty Birney, the author, has given permission to use photos from her teacher-friendly website ( in the PowerPoint.

The reflection booklet supports CCSS for ELA. Additionally, the concepts of cooperation and responsibility presented in this book support PBIS strategies.

This book provides a key lead into a study of series books.
I hope you are able to use this in your classroom in the coming year.

Check out this product to use with your study of series books!
Check out Diane's blog if you'd like to be a guest blogger, too.

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