I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Sunday Mentor Text Linky.
Today's topic is Back to School books.
There are so many great books out there that I like to use and I love adding new ones to my collection. (I get bored very quickly using the same book over and over!)
Today I'm sharing one of my newer favorites.
Louise the Big Cheese and the Back-to-School Smarty-Pants by Elise Primavera and illustrated by Diane Goode (my sweet cousin). I love Louise Cheese (how fun is that name??). She always wants to be the "Big Cheese" and learns important lessons in each story.
In this back to school story, Louise is determined to get straight As, but she's "stuck" with the toughest teacher, Mrs. Pearl. One day a substitute comes along. Louise figures out that an A from Mrs. Sprinkles is not the same as a B+ from Mrs. Pearl. Louise learns to not judge a book by its cover and that her dream of straight As means hard work.
This story is adorable and opens the discussion of themes and lessons. (Of course, I'm partial to Diane Goode's beautiful illustrations, too!) You'll just fall in love with Louise!
Along with thinking about this linky today, I've been thinking about the patriotic holiday coming up this week. The 4th of July is one of my favorite days. Not only do I love the cookouts and fireworks, I love the history. It got me thinking about patriotic symbols which led me to the Pledge of Allegiance. We say it everyday in school, but do the kids really know what they are saying? There are times they don't even say the right words.
I always talk about the Pledge at the start of the year. For my third graders, it's the perfect time to teach them about the meaning behind the words. Here is a SIMPLE book that I use:
You can use this book to discuss the meaning of the phrases and/or the tier 3 vocabulary. You'll find beautiful photos throughout and explanations at the end of the book. I created this little FREEBIE to use with a study of this book or any other informational text you might have about the Pledge. Click ✰HERE✰ to download your copy and enjoy!