I have a
problem slight obsession with books. I LOVE reading to my kiddos, and I love for my kiddos to WANT to get books from my class library to read. 2 years ago, I did a class library inventory and put them into an Excel spreadsheet with location (if it was on my shelf or their shelf- I still have some that are "mine") and reading level. My intention was to add to it everytime I got new books, and I did for a while... but I haven't kept up with it... and the thought of going through all my books again to figure out which ones aren't in the spreadsheet makes me break out in hives. There are 977 listed on the spreadsheet, but I've gotten many more since then through book orders and book fairs and Amazon orders...
The books that are "mine" are the ones I use for lessons. I like to use books as mentor texts- books I can refer to for many lessons over a period of time. Sometimes, I read the book more than once, but usually, I read it once and then can just refer to a few pages later since the students are already familiar with it. This saves on time and keeps my lessons true "mini-lessons."
I say all this because I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties today to share how I use Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs in my classroom as a mentor text.
I hope this is helpful to you! I've said I was going to share how I use mentor sentences in my room, and something else always comes up. I plan on doing another post this week (FOR REAL!) with a new mentor sentence showing actual student work so you can really see how it happens in my room! :)