Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Bloggers Love Books - August 2015

Welcome to the first month of Books Bloggers Love, a monthly link-up between 12 teacher bloggers! Each of us will be sharing our favorite book to read for the upcoming month, share with you how we use it, and you might find a freebie or two. The best part?! Each month, you will have a chance to win 4 of the 12 books we blogged about!
Since August is back to school month for a lot of us, I chose a book that is perfect for the month of August: There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Books! My kids love the "There was an Old Lady..." books almost as much as I do. For my friends with special needs, they are perfect because of how repetitive they are.
One of my higher level readers will typically read the book to the class. Since I only have 5 students, this works out pretty well for my class. As we read the book, we use sequencing cards that match the book to sequence the story as we read. I give each student a card or two, so they all have to pay attention to what part of the book we are talking about to sequence it correctly as a class. This helps them be more accountable for paying attention, and they help each other out when one student is struggling.

After we've read the book once, we complete the sequencing card activity again... but only with the pictures from the book this time. We either complete this activity as a class or in centers. It depends on how much time we have, as well as the student's ability level. My higher level students can complete the sequencing on their own.

Depending on our comprehension of the text, we will continue sequencing the cards with and without the book. I use this book to really focus in on First, Then, Next, Last and/or First, Second, Third, etc. to give students the opportunity to really practice using ordinal numbers and words. This is when I use the cut and paste worksheet.
Since I know a lot of elementary teachers already own this book, I'm leaving you with a FREEBIE. Click on the link or the picture above to grab the sequencing cards and worksheet that I use in my own classroom!

Want to see what other books we blogged about for the month of August?! Click through to see my friends' posts and then come back to enter the giveaway.

Now it's your turn to earn entries to win 4 of the 12 books we've blogged about for the month of August. Simply follow each of us at the links provided within the Rafflecopter this month, and then come back every month after to just hit "enter!" Good luck!
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What is your favorite book to read during the month of August?


  1. I didn't even know this version of "There Was An Old Lady" existed. This looks like such a cute book. Thanks for sharing your freebie Stephanie!

  2. This is one of my FAVORITE versions of "There was an Old Lady!!!" So darling. This is so fun reading all of the book recommendations!

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