Welcome to the Reading Crew Blog Hop!
The Reading Crew is a group of primary through middle school reading specialists. About three to four times a year, we share materials and ideas through a blog hop. Here is how this hop will work:
We have divided our blog posts into primary and upper elementary paths. Select the path that is most appropriate for the grade you teach or travel through both paths if you wish. Each post in the blog hop will feature one mentor text. This text, a book with a fall theme, will share ideas and a free printable for using the mentor text to teach a specific skill.
As you go through the hop, you will collect a special word from each post. When you reach the end of your path, you will use these words to enter a raffle. Two lucky people (one for the primary path and one for the upper elementary path) will win all the books from our posts.
We have included a printable form [Get it by clicking here form.] to track your mystery words as you travel through our blog hop. The mystery words will be in orange text to make them easier for you to find.
At the bottom of this post, you will find links for the two paths. While you can enjoy our posts indefinitely, the raffle ends at 6:00 EST on Monday, October 5.
When “The Reading Crew” voted on a fall theme for our next blog event, I was thrilled. I now had a great place to share a project that was a big success in my classroom. Here’s how it started. . .
I saw a craft pin on Pinterest for making a fall tree out of a small paper bag. [Here’s the link to the original pin.] Ideas started bouncing around in my head about ways to turn this craft into an educational project for my students. I decided that if we used full-sized grocery bags to make larger trees, my students could add apples to their trees. These apples would have enough space to write not only vocabulary words but definitions and sentences with the words as well. I knew my students would enjoy the change from our normal vocabulary routine. Boy, was I correct!
We made our vocabulary trees using vocabulary words from the book Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg.
In my free printable, you will find patterns and instructions for making the vocabulary tree as well as these additional vocabulary printables:
Here is the link to download the printable. My special word is fall.
Enjoy the rest of the blog hop.