Virginia is for Book Lovers Blog Hop

Friday, March 6, 2015 / 36 comments

I am SO excited to be working with my VA blogging buddies to bring you the Virginia is for Book Lovers Blog Hop! A big shout out to Rachel from Mrs. O Knows for organizing this hop :) Each VA blogger will be giving away a book of their choice as well as posting a freebie to use with their book! Be sure to visit each blog for your chance to win a new book and to grab all of the fabulous activities. Also, one lucky follower will win ALL of the books if they complete the hop from start to finish and enter the Rafflecopter on Rachel's post...that's 21 new books!


The book I chose to giveaway is Gumption by Elise Broach and Caldecott Medalist, Richard Egielski. I love using this book when teaching CONTEXT CLUES. Its rich vocabulary and colorful pictures are excellent for practicing this skill. My freebie includes a recording sheet that is used as a pre-reading, during reading and after reading activity. Students first write a prediction for the ten big words they will come across in the text. All they have to help them with this part is their background knowledge. If a child has absolutely no idea what the word means, I allow them to write a question mark in the prediction box next to the word.

Next, we make binoculars out of two toilet paper rolls and string. Students LOVE decorating their magical binoculars that will help them "search for" context clues as we go on our "expedition". Here is an example:

Once we start reading the book, we talk about using the pictures AND the words (context clues) to help us figure out the meaning of the unknown word. As we read, I slow down as we come across one of the words. I allow time for students to look at the picture as I reread the sentence and have them write down what they now believe is the meaning of the word. At the end of the book we go back and reveal the correct answers. Students are always surprised how much they improved from the prediction column compared to the context clue column just because they "looked" for the clues!
Click on any image below to take you to the FREEBIE:





Enter the Rafflecopter below to win a brand new hardback copy of this book (a $18.00 value!)
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To celebrate our love of reading, Virginia bloggers have put together an additional mega-giveaway. One lucky winner will win ALL of the books (that's 21 wonderful books) in our hop! Each blogger will send you the book they've talked about. Imagine receiving 19 wonderful books for free on your doorstep and sharing them with your lovely students! Enter below for the chance to win :)

Thanks so much for hopping by! If you haven't had the chance to hop through yet, be sure to click the teal button below to head over to the beginning of the hop. You don't want to miss any of it!


Next stop is Andrea from Reading Toward the Stars!
Reading Toward the Stars

36 comments:

  1. No I have not read this book before!

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  2. I love those binoculars! Super cute idea!

    Tiffany
    KTeacherTiff

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  3. I've never heard of this book before! I love the craft that goes with it!

    Haley
    Owls and Lessons, Etc.

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  4. Nope, never read it before. But now I must have it! "Gumption" is a great word, and should be used by everyone more often. Can't wait to get my kids to start using it.
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

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  5. Great book! I love the binoculars!

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  6. I have never read this book before, but it sounds like a good one! :)

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  7. I don't know this book! Thanks for introducing it to me! Can't wait to try it for context clues.

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  8. Great book! A professor read it to our class and I have loved it ever since!

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  9. No, but it sounds like a great book and a great resource to have!!

    Melissa
    Creations by Mrs. Mouse

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  10. Never read it, but it looks good!

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  11. I've never read this book, but can I just say that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that binoculars activity? What a wonderful idea! Thank you for hopping and also for the shout out! You rock!

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  12. I haver never read this book. However, I do love your binoculars activity! Fantastic idea! Thank you. chief9937@Yahoo.com

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  13. No, I have never read this book, but I love learning about new books to share with my students. Thanks so much!

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  14. No, but I would love to read it to my students.

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  15. I have not read it but I will have to now. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I have not read this book before

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  17. I have never read this book, but I definitely want to get it! On my list to buy if I don't win it!

    Andrea
    Reading Toward the Stars

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  18. I've never heard of this book before. I love your craft idea that goes along with helping students really search for and notice those context clues - such a hard skill to teach I think!
    Courtney
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

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  19. No. I have not read this book but it looks really cute. You also have great looking activities to go with it.

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  20. Never read it before, but now I can't wait to check it out! Thank you!

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  21. I haven't heard of this book before, but it's on my list now! Love the binoculars to accompany the book!

    Blessings,
    Sarah
    mrshankinsonsclass@gmail.com
    Learning is for Superstars
    follow on Facebook

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  22. I haven't read this before, but you make it sound interesting. Can't wait to read it.

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  23. No, I have never heard of it until now! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  24. I haven't read it yet, but plan to do so soon. Thanks!

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  25. I have never read this book before but I look forward to reading it now! Thank you for introducing this book to me!

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  26. No, but I always love hearing about great books that are new to me. :)

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  27. I have not heard of this book, but my class would love it.

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  28. I haven't read this book before, but it looks like a fun one. I could see my students using the word "gumption" all year after hearing the story. :)

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  29. I have not read it yet. I'm going to put it on hold at the library now!

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  30. I've never heard of this book. I just read some reviews of it and it sounds great!

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  31. I've never heard of this book but definitely look forward to giving it a read! Thanks so much for introducing it to me.

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  32. I haven't read this book before, but it looks great! :)

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