A Mouse and A Cookie {Cause & Effect Freebie}

Hey y'all.  Over the past few months, I've worked with my students on cause and effect.  This week, I pulled an oldie but goodie from my bookshelves.  I get so wrapped up in new stories that sometimes forget to share the series that have been loved by my students for years, so I finally introduced Laura Numeroff: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Dog a Donut, Cat a Cupcake, and Moose a Muffin.  Most of my little learners hadn't heard of the stories so the wow factor high!

We simply read and discussed cause and effect for the first few days.  The kids enjoyed the circular stories and quickly made book trades since I have several sets of the series in our classroom library.  By Wednesday we were working on sequencing artwork and reading between the lines. The kids completed their own retelling cookie and worked with a partner to explain cause and effect as they sequenced to the next picture.

My students created their own response and crafted a puppet to use with their retellings by the end of the week.

All the resources can be found for free by clicking the cover graphic above!
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Fun with Conversation Hearts {Mini Book}

Just popping in to share a fun little file that pairs well with the Target mini books: heart shaped and square.  You will see a visual of all the pages included below...

If you're interested in this file, link using the cover below...

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When An Elephant Falls in Love {Freebie Response}

I stumbled across an adorable book a few weeks ago and knew it would be perfect compliment for my next response at our writing center.  The kids were all smiles and giggles about the elephant's silly behaviors.  In the coming weeks, students will respond to writing the freebie provided below.

The story, When an Elephant Falls in Love, tells of an elephant that does many foolish things when he is around the object of his affection.  He hides, writes letters he never sends, and leaves flowers at the door only to run away.  I was instantly captivated by the adorable illustrations and simple text.

Target can be dangerous.  A little shopping therapy ended in a cheap parent gift for each student, costing $10.  The book was $12.

Contain the mess by using a bowl.

I have adhesive magnetic tape that I adhered to the back of their frames.

The heart light was purchased several years ago.  I found a cute free printable if you're looking for something your kids can hold.  The bunting comes in English and Spanish. 

The 4x6 frame fits perfectly in the party bags!

Check out a few pages of this adorable story...

Click cover graphic below for the freebie download.

The kids are provided a directed drawing of an elephant and a doodle framed paper for their illustration.  To assist their writing, my students are also provided picture cards of Valentine's Day nouns and an affectionate acts mini book.  Students are asked to write sweet or silly things they will do for the people they love.

Looking for additional ideas, I have a book companion for Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.

Click the cover graphic above.

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Missing Teacher {Low Prep Resources}

After several weeks off from school and I unexpectedly needed a sub for a few days.  BOOOO!  I've been so excited to come back and be with my little learners.  I have multiple low prep resources but not one that helped prepare myself for multiple days off from school so I decided to create one.

Here's a preview of all that is included in this file...

A link is provided in the graphic above!

I have several other low prep resources for Elmer and The Case of Stripes.  Each image below has a link to a blog post sharing all the resources available in each low prep file.

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