Sunday, September 29, 2013

Halloween / Fall Must Read Mentor Texts plus a Pin it to Win it!

Hey there!!

I just got back from a weekend retreat for a group that I was chosen for called Teachers as Leaders, so this will probably be a quick post because my brain is full of all these ideas on how to increase leadership with teachers and students!  I love a good staff development that gets those wheels turning!!

I wanted to share two books (I know I'm breaking the rules!) with you today that I love to use in October!

There are sooooo many great books for October, and I hope they all get linked up today so you can see them all...if not, I will feel sad that I didn't share them all here.  But never fear...I'll find a way to share them if they aren't linked up!  ;O)

The first one is a well known book, I think.  Stellaluna by Jannell Cannon.  I loooooove Janell Cannon's books!  They are soooo wonderful and full of so many great aspects of literature!

This book has amazing language in it!!  There is so much that you can do with it!

The second book is a book we are going to use to compare and contrast the fiction text of Stellaluna with a nonfiction book about Bats by Gail Gibbons.

This is perfect for the Common Core standards of comparing fiction and nonfiction and it's just plain fun!

Here are some things that we did last year!  Stacia made some freebies (which we had already posted about, but we are putting them in here as well!)

FREEBIES to use with Stellaluna and a nonfiction bat book. Click here to download-
My Favorite Part of Stellaluna
My Bat Facts
Vivid Verbs
Vivid Verbs recording sheet for students
Students draw their favorite part of the story and then write three complete sentences telling why.
Students write down 10 facts they learned about bats.  Great for a daily grade!

These two printables are a fun way for students to record all of the vivid verbs they read in Stellaluna. They are in color and black and white.

Also, here are some bat crafts to go along with these resources. They will be really cute displays!

Click here for the Free printables we used to make these bat crafts-

I am going to put these headings out for my bat displays:

Click here to download these- Bat Display Signs

If you like this, check out our Fiction and Nonfiction Compare and Contrast Pack with Stellaluna and Bats.  It goes more in depth with each book.  

Stellaluna Pack
We'd love to do a Pin it to Win it for this pack!!  So, you know the drill!
If you'd like this Stellaluna Pack, you can pin it to win it!!  Here's what you do:

1) Pin the Stellaluna Pack on Pinterest (please make sure it is the image directly above).
2) Leave a comment with your email and the Pinterest ID in the comment (all you have to do is copy the URL after you pin it to your board and then paste it into the comment section).

That's it!  I will use a random number generator to find 2 lucky winners next week.  Thanks for entering!  :O)

We hope that you enjoy these!!!  And, we can't wait to see what you link up!

Please Link Up!

Next week's linky- Language Arts


  1. This looks great!

  2. I have both of these books. Thank you for some great ways to use them! I love the fact and opinion bats!

    Have a great week!

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  3. I wanted to do something using bats. This will be great! Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. I wanted to do something using bats. This will be great! Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. I love the idea of comparing Stellaluna and Bats! This will fit in perfectly with my study of bats!

    Teaching Special Kids

  6. Would love this. My pin:

  7. Love all your stuff!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

  8. I already have these two books set aside for comparing fiction and nonfiction. I'd love to win the pack. :) Thanks for the opportunity.


  10. Awesome giveaway!

  11. I already have these two books and would love to win this pack!
    teachergonedigital @

  12. I would love to win this pack!

  13. I am starting a bat unit in 2 weeks. This would be GREAT! Thanks for the chance to win.


  14. Such a great idea! That bat craft is too cute.

    - Sarah Beth
    Miss White's Classroom

  15. Love those books! I also like to use "The Great Ball Game", which is actually out of print now, and now I also have "Nightsong" to add to my bat collection.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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  16. This is awesome! What a great way to compare nonfiction and fiction. You have wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Great activities!

  18. Thank you so much Amanda and Stacia for sharing these wonderful ideas and the fabulous freebies! You two are amazing!

    1. Thank you so much for your sweet comment Vanessa!!!

  19. Your unit looks fantastic!

  20. This looks great!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  21. Love this book...can't wait to see everyone else's suggestions!

    Pinned here:

    tokyoshoes at hotmail dot com

  22. I have both of those books too! Fabulous resource and activities! Hope to win!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  23. Great units!!!! I pinned it.

  24. I love both of the books you shared. Such wonderful authors-so perfect for this time of year!

  25. I can't wait to use these ideas. I hope I win.

  26. I love Stellaluna!! This looks amazing as always! :)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  27. Love this AND would love to win it!! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to do so!! :)

  28. I would really like to have this!!! so I pinned it!

    This pack looks perfect for fall!
    Thanks for the freebies!

  30. Love, love, love Stellaluna - teach with it every other year - your package would be a great addition!


  32. Wow!!!! You guys rock! You always amaze me! Keep up the awesomeness!


    Love it! Have both books and can't wait to try it! Thank you :)


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