I hope everyone has been enjoying their winter break! This week flew by with lots of family and friends time which has been wonderful. Today I’m linking up with the girls over at Collaboration Cuties
for their Must Read Mentor Text with a winter theme. I have a whole lot of winter books in my classroom library- probably because winter in Chicago lasts for months on end- so this is a little tough for me to narrow down, but I’m going to share a book called Bear Feels Scared by Karma Wilson.
This author has several books about Bear and they are all adorable! This story is all about Bear getting lost in the woods and how he searches and searches for his cave. His friends thankfully put out a search party for him and they end up finding him and they all get back home together. This book could be used for teaching a lesson on friendship and helping others, but I actually used it to concentrate on setting.
I want to make sure that my little friends are able to cite the text for evidence as we read together to meet the rigor of the Common Core Standards. So, this book worked perfectly as a way to concentrate specifically on setting because the characters spend so much time in the woods. While reading the story, we stopped and wrote words/sentences to describe the setting and included the page where the description was found (citing evidence!). My little friends also included a picture to match their describing words. Just by having the addition of “page #” on this graphic organizer, it makes my little friends go back and find exactly where the information was in the text. I think their pictures turned out almost as cute as the pictures in the actual story! You can check out this Identifying the Setting- Using Key Details pack here