Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Bill Martin Jr. Author Study

 I love doing author study with my firsties!  This is a great way to get them interested in books!  This is a picture of my author study board.  There is velcro on the wall and on the back of all my authors.  The sign that says the author's name is actually just a border that I laminated to make a frame.  It is stapled on the bottom and both sides, but it is open on the top.  I slide the name of our author into the frame.  I use gallon size zip-loc bags to display books.  I cut the top off the bags and staple them on both sides.  This board is super easy to update! 

My author study lasts between one week and four weeks depending on how many books and activities I have to with with the author.  If I have a class that is really enjoying an author, we may spend more time on it than a class that is not that into it.

This week, we are celebrating the works of Bill Martin Jr.  I have had the pleasure of meeting several great authors.  I always ask them if I can take a picture with them because this helps my kiddos understand that books were written by REAL people.  Unfortunately, I was never able to meet Bill Martin Jr.  He worked with John Archambault on several of his books so I use this week to share a picture of me with John Archambault.  It is as good as I can get! 

We do some fun activities this week.  Of course we read Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  We make a story bracelet.  This is SUPER easy and the kids just love it!  We read the story then I pass out pipe cleaners.  We go through the story again and I give the kids a bead for each character.   We use a larger bead for brown bear because this is also the title of the book.  We use a heart for the teacher because their teacher loves them all.  We use stars for the children because they are all stars.  After the beads are on, we just twist them into a bracelet that is loose enough to be pulled on and off.  Kids seriously wear these for weeks! 

OF COURSE we do the Brown Bear Watch, Think, Color Bundle!  This set has nine games - one for each character.  These games are designed for number sense to 120.  This is perfect for the beginning of the year!  After my kiddos have done all of these games, most of them are ready to move on to another skill in WTC games.  I use this set to get the kids accustomed to the games and they become VERY familiar with the patterns on the hundreds chart and how to locate numbers to 120.  These games are also nice for the beginning of the year because there are not many colors used in each design.  This is the perfect way to train them to play Watch, Think, Color.  We use the finished pictures to make books for each student.

We also make a "First Grader, First Grader, Who Do You See?" class book.  This is great for sight words and predictable text.  The kids just write their names and the name of a classmate.  I have to tell them who to write to make sure that the pages will flow in order.  I use their number order to make this easy.  (Do you number your kids?  This makes SO many things easy!)  To do the pages, I have the student who is number 1 write the name of number 2.  Number 2 writes number 3's name and so on.  The last student writes Mrs. Morrison.  I make a page and write "First Graders".  I add a class picture with all their names as the last page in the book. I laminate the pages and bind them.  My kids take turns taking the books home to share with their families.  This book will be sent in a tote with "Brown Bear" and some activities.  Once all the kids have had a turn taking the book home, it goes in our library.  Click here to download the pages used to make this book!

We read "Chicken Chuck" and then made our own blue feather headbands.  This was a spur of the moment project.  I just cut sentence strips in half and stapled feathers to them.  I was able to whip out 24 hats in less than 5 minutes.  Those are my favorite kinds of projects!  The kids loved wearing them and they looked cute when I sent them home. 

Thanks for reading!  Hope you have a happy week!


kidssongsnurseryrhymes said...

impressive.....!! I just want you thanks for sharing this its gorgeous idea, and this is a great idea that i have been looking for.we did the music and painting activity, i intended to use the rollof butcher paper. get learn for your kids by music Children education and kids music are one of the great opportunity to bring up perfectly your kids. and your they must bound to enjoy it.
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