I Don't Want To Be A Frog {Opinion Book Companion}

Goodness, it's been a long time since I've blogged about a new book companion.  I couldn't be more excited about this newest gem!

I found the story, I Don't Want To Be A Frog at Target last month and was captivated after reading the first few pages.  The story is told through dialogue between two frogs.  The text is written in speech bubbles. It's one of the best examples of opinion writing with supporting and opposing reasons.

Here's a book trailer of the story!  It's simply... PRECIOUS!

When creating my companions, I allow the instructional focus to weave it's way through teachable moments found in the text.  I sure hope you love the companion as much as me!

Captivate students with opinion themed fun while meeting learning standards! This 90 page packet is packed full of excitement.

Begin with schema about frogs with two graphic organizers: KWL and Have, Can, Are charts.

Building background with themed vocabulary will assist language learners with words such as slimy, wise, glum, gobble, nature, and fierce. 

Provided are several options for recording vocabulary words. Option one includes a vocabulary book with clipart images. Option two includes blank vocabulary response pages. Option three are interactive cards for journals.

Reread the story throughout the week using my prepared strategies.  You'll find engaging comprehension organizers for compare/contrast, story structure, sequence of events and plot. 

Understanding opinions can be challenging.  You are provided a fact and opinion frog sort to use during instruction.  The sort has a response page if you desire to make it a center.

Although the book is told through dialogue with speech bubbles, I found the topic of quotations to be a great teachable moment.  I provided cards to use in whole group, small group or in centers to assist in understanding.  The response pages are sure to elicit giggles! 

Enhance comprehension with a developing reader to provide students with fluency practice with easy to read sight words! Little Frog, Little Frog What Do You See?

The unit includes instructional posters and chart essentials for opinion writing.  Students can finalize their opinions and reasons with a fun themed writing project.  Allow kids to choose a topic, write an opinion on their favorite book or create a review of the read aloud, I Don't Want To Be  A Frog!

Click the cover graphic or the preview graphic below to access the book companion on TpT.

If you are discovering my companions for the first time, I have companions for various months throughout the year!  

With the many versions of this story, I decided to create this companion as a freebie.  Try it out and see if my work fits your needs!

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#bethedifference Shape Math Centers

Did you survive this exceptionally crazy week?   

For me, this week was packed full with Red Ribbon Themed Activities, the 50th Day of Cool School, Owl Pellet Investigations, an observation and our school wide costume parade.  I'd previously planned to share my #bethedifference post using place value but lost all my data when I crushed my iphone last Friday.  I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am to be here a week later, breathing a sigh of relief.  I have a new phone, activities complete, blog post finished and I'm in one piece! 

By mid week, I began to think about changing the direction for my Friday lessons.  The kids were tapped out from all the activities this week and frankly so was I.  Using The Mailbox Gold, I found really engaging activities for shapes.  This topic had been previously instructed so I knew this would be entertaining centers on this half day of school. 

I challenged my students to create a shape monster using specific number of shapes.  I suggest allowing kids to create their shape monster manipulating shapes with pattern and attribute blocks first.  Having a visual and manipulating the shapes will help speed the center along.  Without a doubt, my kids were over the moon with excitement as we shared our creations!

An equally engaging activity was our Camera Picture Walk.  The kids created their own camera with envelopes, four (trifolded) index cards, black construction paper and a string.  On the back of their index cards, I listed three specific shapes based of their previous assessments.  The final card was student choice.  Once the kids returned to class from the parade, they began recording their observations for each shape.  Before placing the images in their camera envelope, the kids cut the index cards into thirds.  

At my small group table, I pulled kids who struggled with the Camera Picture Walk to create shapes with real objects.  We began the guided instruction with Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Hoban which was a familiar text.  After, we completed a mini shape book. 

I wasn't sure this final activity would keep my student's attention.  We'd worked really hard on attributes before the district assessment so I figured it might be the least desirable activity.  Oh my moon and stars, I was so very wrong.  Give a kid craft supplies and smelly markers for decorating, constructing and comparing basic shapes and you'll get loads of engagement and accountable talk.  

All in all, I felt good about the hour and a half of meaningful instructional review the kids received. The files are instant downloads with minimal prep!  

Best wishes as we coast into November!  
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