Sunday Funday- SALE! and Memoirs of a Goldfish Mentor Text! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Sunday Funday- SALE! and Memoirs of a Goldfish Mentor Text!

Happy Sunday Friends!

I hope the weather where you live has been better than here- it has been so disgusting and rainy all weekend. I have been down with a nasty cold though, so I suppose it was good that those happened together- there's nothing worse than being stuck on the couch when it's gorgeous out! I'm feeling a bit more lively today, thank goodness.

Before I link up with Amanda and Stacia for my Mentor Text this week, I wanted to let you know about my Teacher's Notebook Sale! Now through May 10, I am offering 25% off all my products, and Teacher's Notebook will give you an additional 10% off! They are also giving away $100 to Oriental Trading everyday! Be sure to go enter!

Now onto my Mentor Text for Language Arts! Collaboration Cuties has a weekly linky for mentor texts, and this week is devoted to books you read during Language Arts time!

The book I want to share with you today is Memoirs of a Goldfish.
This book is great for ALL ages. I fell in love with this book the first time I read it. It fits in perfectly with books like Diary of a Worm/Fly/Spider because it's written in journal/diary entry format from Goldfish's perspective. The book starts out with Goldfish, bored, in his bowl by himself. Things slowly start to get added to the bowl and Goldfish gets quite cramped... and aggravated! But then, something happens that makes him realize maybe being cramped wasn't all that bad... you'll have to read to find out! :)

Goldfish's character is a great one to follow through the book because he changes from the beginning to the end.
Click here to download a freebie for Memoirs of a Goldfish!
The freebie came from my Memoirs of a Goldfish Unit, which you can download from my Teacher's Notebook Store (ON SALE!) or my Teachers Pay Teachers Store! :o)

Make sure to head over to Collaboration Cuties to link up your favorite mentor texts, and get some great ideas from other awesome bloggers, too! :)

Also, get ready for Workshop Wednesday - this week, it's a focus on Writing!
Let's share those "tricks we have up our sleeves" for getting kids motivated to write! Common Core has such an emphasis on writing ALL the time, so how do you keep the kids energized to write?

Lastly, don't forget to take advantage of the last day of Feedback Frenzy! Not only will you get a free item from me (valued up to $5), but you can use the feedback credits in the upcoming Teacher Appreciation TPT Sale, too!!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday


  1. I love this! Even though it isn't my grade level, I can see how it could be adapted for secondary students who need to reinforce their understanding of cause and effect.

  2. Sounds like a fun book! I'll have to check it out. It sounds like it would be great to use for the idiom "The grass is always greener on the other side."

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  3. How cute this sounds! I love to use picture books with my fifth and sixth graders to teach important literary skills. This sounds like one I might like to add to my library! Gonna check it out on Amazon after posting. Thanks for sharing!

    The Teacher's Desk 6

  4. I have never read or even heard of this book. The cover looks like something my kids would love. I will certainly check it out.
    Have a great week.

    School Is a Happy Place

  5. I love this book!!! I found it this year at our book fair and I am in love! Such a cute book!
    Thanks for the freebie- you are awesome!!

    Koonce’s Korner

  6. Great suggestion and I have never seen this book! I always do one of the traditional diary books as a mentor text, so I think I'll spice it up a bit and read about a goldfish! :) Thanks for sharing.

    PS I figured out how to put a button gadget on my blog, so I am going to grab your button. :) It may take me the rest of the day to figure out how to add you to the gadget, but I'll try. ;)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  7. This book looks like fun! I have heard of it, but have not read it yet. Into my shopping cart it goes. :0)

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

  8. I love all the Diary books and this one too. My class always asks "What's a memoir?". Thanks for the freebie - I can't wait to use it next year - will have to pin it to keep it safe!

  9. I love that story. I just picked it up this year at our school bookfair. I have actually been saving it to share with my kids later this year. Thanks for the freebie!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  10. I've never heard of this book, but it looks adorable! I'll be adding this one to the list for next year. Thanks for the idea and the freebie!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  11. LOVE this book! Thanks for the free printable! Have a great week...

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  12. Thanks for the freebie! I love this book!


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