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Harvest Of Reading Freebies Blog Hop

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Welcome to the Harvest of  Freebies Blog hop! I absolutely love Fall. The smells, the foliage, the colors, and holidays make living in New England a very special place. We New Englanders are pretty traditional folk, and I'm no exception. Sharing traditions is what brings family together. I sharing some wonderful seasonal resources with you today. One of them is a traditional song my Mom taught to me and my siblings as a little girl.

1. One of the ways I like to appeal to struggling readers is to engage them with short non-fiction passages that will pique their interest. My Non-Fiction task cards do just that. Each month, creating a set of task cards and accompanying activities for interactive notebooks and writing all based on a seasonal theme. This month is all about pumpkins. In the collage below, you can see the order in how I present it to students. I've included a non-fiction article with the task cards to build background. It works well for guided reading or closed reading lessons, too. The task cards can be in a read around the room format. You can display them in various locations of your classrooms, or all at one literacy center.

This set, as well as all of my task cards will be on sale this weekend. If you'd like to see a sample page of this set, please click here.

2. My next collage shares photos of the song book, Jack O' Lantern. I come from a very musical family. We grew up singing, dancing and playing instruments. I can remember learning the words to the Halloween song, Jack O' Lantern, around age three. My older sister got a silly idea of adding in "BOOLIE!" when the song was all over, so of course we HAVE to say boolie, even to this day. Now I have my two older ones singing it with me and they love it! Seeing it in a book format really makes this song tradition come alive.

You can download a free copy of this book in my store. I'm also giving away a laminated copy that will be bound with a metal ring. Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win it.

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  1. I love BIG PUMPKIN! My students love recalling the order of the Halloween characters that come along to help the witch pull her pumpkin off the vine and I love the patterned text and colorful illustrations! Thanks for the great freebie!

  2. Halloweiner is a funny one...and I am not even a dog person!

  3. Emily, I know your adorable Halloween Song Book is going to be a big hit with my little ones at home and my students. Thanks for sharing! ;)
    Literacy Loving Gals

  4. Junie B. Jones Boo and I mean It!

  5. Dav Pilkey's book-The Hallo-wiener

  6. I love to read "Hallo-wiener" too!

  7. My kids will love your Halloween book, thanks for sharing! Don't really have a favorite book, but lots of favorite poems for Halloween!
    Burke's Special Kids

  8. The Little Old Lady Who Wasnt Afraid of Anything

  9. I loved Little Witch's Big Night as a child, and still love sharing it with my students!!

  10. I love reading Goodnight Goon with my daughter. Last year she giggled out loud when we read, not scared of anything as two year old. I love reading The Hallo-weiner with my groups and talking about the plot and themes.

    Reading Toward the Stars

  11. Such a cute idea with the Halloween song! Thanks for sharing! I am also a big fan of Halloweiner!
    Reading and Writing Redhead


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