Saturdays and Teacakes - Must Read Mentor Text AND Almost 300 Followers! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Saturdays and Teacakes - Must Read Mentor Text AND Almost 300 Followers!

Good Sunday afternoon, friends! I'm linking up with those two Collaboration Cuties, Amanda and Stacia, for their fun Mentor Text Linky!
Today, I'm sharing one of my ALL TIME favorite books, Saturdays and Teacakes.
If you have never read this book, you are missing out!! It is a heartwarming story about a little boy who goes to visit his Mammaw every Saturday. The story takes you through his small town as he rides his bike to Mammaw's, clearly not in present-day times. (Great book to point out how the author describes setting!)
Lester Laminack uses repetition of the words "pedal, pedal, pedal" as the boy is biking all the way to Mammaw's, emphasizing his bike ride, and almost making it poetic. The boy arrives at Mammaw's and cuts her grass for her... and then they make teacakes together. The author does an amazing job with visualization and describing using his five senses. By the end of the story, you will love Mammaw as though she was your own Mammaw!!

I use this book to help students see an example of a good memoir before they write their own. I have them brainstorm memories they have with someone in their family (they usually choose their grandmother, too, but just in case they might not know their grandmother, I don't want to limit their thinking). I model my own memoir about my Mema for them over the course of our drafting time (usually a few days), and show how to incorporate some of the things Lester Laminack did in his writing, in our own.

Have you used this book in your own classroom? How have you used it?

Make sure to go link up with Collaboration Cuties to share about your own favorite Mentor Texts! It was so hard to choose just one. Glad I can link up every week! :)

Don't forget to check back on Tuesday and Thursday this week for Mastering Mentor Sentences with Amanda, Stacia, and me! We'll be diving in and explaining in more detail how we use mentor sentences!

Also, on Wednesday, come back and link up for Workshop Wednesday! This week's topic will be for Reading Workshop: how do you stay organized with your guided reading groups? (you might discuss how you organize anecdotal notes, who is in the group, or even lesson plans)

Annnnd last but not least, I'm almost to 300! I can't believe it! It seems like I JUST had my 200 follower giveaway! If you are willing to donate, please fill out the form below. :)


  1. Hi! This text looks wonderful--I will have to get ahold of it soon! The premise reminds me of how I used to visit my grandama every week... Thanks so much for sharing!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  2. I LOVE this book! I read it years ago - it's a wonderful story. Must pull it out to use in the classroom again!


    Fun in the Fours

  3. Ah! I love Lester! He came and spoke at our school about a month and a half ago. He modeled some great teaching strategies. I'm definitely going to have to get this book. I rely too much on Patricia Polacco. (She's great, but my kids have almost all of her stories memorized!)

  4. I have heard a lot about that book and keep meaning to check it out! Now I definitely have to! Congratulations about the followers!

    Eclectic Educating

  5. I can't believe how many new books I am hearing about this week. Thanks for the new book idea. Congrats on the follower milestone. Looking forward to more mentor sentences!

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  6. New to me! I love hearing about new books! And, of course I donated to my BBBs giveaway!!! You'll be there before you know it!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  7. Lester Laminack has actually visited in my school system! Our local school supply store sponsored his visit. You picked a great book to recommend. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  8. I love Saturdays and Teacakes!!! :O)

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  9. I love this book, but I haven't read it yet this year. I love your idea to use it as a mentor text for writing.

    Teaching Fourth

  10. I am so happy I found your blog. I love it!!! You have wonderful ideas and you are my new favorite. I can't wait for all of things you have lined up. :)

    1. You are the sweetest, and I wish I could email you and tell you!! You are currently a no-reply blogger. If you see this, please check my techy tips link for how to turn on email so I can reply straight to you! :)

  11. I like the idea of using this book to show how important the setting is to a story!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  12. I've never heard of this book, but it looks adorable. Just signed up to donate to your giveaway!:)

    iTeach 1:1

  13. I have never heard of this book but it is going on the list!!

    How did I miss your post about the mentor sentences? I saw the picture of you with Amanda and Stacia and thought, "What?!?" Then I had to back track and see what in the world I missed! Clearly, my blog stalking skills are not what I thought they were! Haha!! You guys taught together? I am SO jealous:) I can't wait to read more about the mentor sentences!

    Of course I signed up to donate to your giveaway:) Congratulations!!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  14. I LOVE this book. I use it for memoir too. I went to a conference with Lester and he read it ...WONDERFUL!! He does school visits too. He is an incredible presenter. I sent you the info for the giveaway!
    Yeah 300!!!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  15. How have I never read this book?! I am ordering it now, of course!! I am so excited you are almost at 300 followers! Of course I signed up to contribute to your giveaway; I can't wait!

    Also, a while back you commented that you'd be interested in using the Narnia lapbook and featuring it on your blog? Well it is up and running! Here's the link to it at my TPT store:

    If you email me we can talk about you featuring it and getting a copy! :)

  16. I love Saturdays and Teacakes!! It always makes me cry. I was lucky enough to meet Lester Laminack and hear him speak several years ago. He is hilarious! Congrats on being so close to 300 followers! I would be thrilled to donate to your giveaway!

    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

  17. OMG!! I ADORE this book! I am staring at it now on my bookshelf. I read it every year! Actually I have the companion CD so the kids get to watch and listen to Lester read it aloud! I got to meet him through a TACIRA event one year and I was so excited to get his autograph and listen to him read this story to the membership! It was so awesome!
    Great selection!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe


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