Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Night Before Summer Vacation ( Books Teachers Love )

June means summer. Summer means vacation... and there's nothing better than summer vacation!

Except the waiting. and the packing. and the forgetting of stuff. usually lots of stuff.

I love reading The Night Before Summer Vacation with my students in June to remind them of all of the fun they're about to have this summer.

First, let me remind you of what Books Teachers Love is. We are a group of 12 teacher-bloggers who bring 12 different read alouds to you each month, and then give you a chance to win a copy of 4 of the books we blogged about.
We are coming up on summer vacation, which is super exciting, but even teacher-bloggers want to relax over summer! This month's BTL will be the last post until we return in August, bigger and better than ever.
 The first book I chose this month was The Night Before Summer Vacation.
It is a super adorable book by Natasha Wing ( illustrated by Julie Durrell ) that is about the excitement of packing for summer vacation, and the fun of remembering past vacations.

You can grab this book here*:

First, we will talk about different places we want to go on vacation. I'll probably use the projector to Google search for images of the places they name (i.e. the beach, Disney, Six Flags... you know, all of the normal places they love to go).
I can then transition that conversation in to a writing activity. Print pictures of the places they want to travel to, and have them write about it using the 5 W's.

{ Grab the Summer Vacation Writing FREE here. }

Here's a list of other ideas I will be creating and/or sending home with my students for their summer vacations:

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  1. Love this idea of the 5 Ws for summer vaca!

  2. What a fun story! The 5 W's of summer vacation is the perfect writing motivation for this time of year!
    Peggy @ Primary Flourish

  3. JUST too darling for words. I love to have my 1st graders interact with those "W" words! They are so hard for them and are in EVERY question so they NEED to be fluent!

  4. This is such a great way to get the kiddos thinking all about something they would like to do over summer vacation! Plus, it's a perfect activity for reviewing the 5 W questions! Love!