Linky Parties, Freebies, July's Workshop Wednesday, and Last Day of Giveaway! - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Linky Parties, Freebies, July's Workshop Wednesday, and Last Day of Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!! I am so excited to link up with Collaboration Cuties for BACK TO SCHOOL Mentor Texts, as well as Kristin at iTeach 1:1 for Tune into Technology (which I'm late for...)!
Like Stacia, I can't narrow my favorites to just one. It's almost impossible really. :-P

The first book I want to share with you is Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco. If you've never read this book, take it from me, read it to yourself FIRST before reading it aloud to the class. A few years ago, someone told me it was a must-read book, so I borrowed it from a teammate and read it to my class. I almost could not finish the book I was crying so hard. My kiddos of course were very sweet and loving and some of them even shed a tear or two. But perhaps if I had read it first, I wouldn't have been such a blubbering mess! :-P It definitely made an impression on my kids... the next year, they had our reading specialist read the book to them as part of her mini-lesson, and she had some of my previous year's kiddos. They piped up when she started and said, "oh! This is the book that makes Ms. Ivey cry!!" Ha!!

Anyway, if you haven't read the book, it is a story from the author's childhood. Patricia Polacco has dyslexia and had a very hard time learning to read. In this story, Trisha is excited to learn to read thanks to her grandmother, but when she struggles and the kids call her a dummy, she starts to believe it herself. Her fifth grade teacher, Mr. Falker, changes all of that. He sees her gifts and helps her believe in herself.
And if you don't think you can make it through the story without blubbering like I did, you can have your students watch the story read to them on Storyline Online! Have you heard of this site before? It is awesome! Actors read some of our favorite picture books aloud!

There are several of my favorites on this site, including one that Stacia featured- Enemy Pie, and also my next favorite book to read during the first week of school: Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox.

This story is the sweetest! A little boy, Wilfrid, lives near a retirement home and likes to go visit. He keeps hearing people say Ms. Nancy has lost her memory. He doesn't understand what that means so he starts asking. People describe memory as a metaphor, so he brings things he thinks are memories based on their descriptions, like a puppet for something that makes you laugh... which reminds her of the one she owned that she used to entertain her sister... all of the things he brings actually does bring back her memory. :)
This is the first book I read to start Writer's Workshop! We use it get seed ideas, and to introduce ourselves to each other. Here are some freebies for you to use with your own kiddos. :) Click here or either of the images below to download them. Once again, Google has discolored the clip art, but I promise it doesn't look like that when you download!
Speaking of Writer's Workshop...
July will have a new Workshop Wednesday topic! 
(Thank you to Amanda for helping me in my brainstorm.) ;-)
July's Workshop Wednesday topic is:
TOOLS for preparation of our workshops!
This might be resource books you are reading this summer. It might be the way you set up your rotations. It might be the way you set up notebooks. Possibilities are endless really, but we want to focus on that "before the start" step of Workshop models rather than "the start" with students.

Just like June's Workshop Wednesday, you can link up any time in July! You can link up every week if you want... I will be posting every Wednesday, but you don't have to! Workshop Wednesday will return to its weekly routine in August!

Don't forget to enter my bloglovin' giveaway! Today is the last day!!! I will be picking 3 WINNERS- there will be one GRAND PRIZE winner who receives JIVEY'S BIG BOX OF FREE STUFF plus their choice of ANY UNIT FROM MY TPT STORE! What's in the box?? You'll have to wait and see! But I can promise you, it's some of my favorite things! The other two winners will also get to choose ANY UNIT FROM MY TPT STORE

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  1. I LOVE Patricia Polacco, and I have this book, but I haven't actually read it yet. Shame on me. I did the same thing with The Junkyard Wonders, though, and a few other books. The worst was when I read "Where the Red Fern Grows" to my class (I hadn't read it since I was in 5th grade and forgot about one scene).

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  2. Aww, I started crying in front of my class a couple years ago when I read it aloud too. I would not read it aloud since then so Storyline Online is a good option for me! I'm such an easy cryer! Haha! Thanks for linking up with us!

    iTeach 1:1

  3. I love all of your book choices, and thankfully I already own them all! Dear Mr. Falkner makes me tear up every single time, it is such a touching book.

    I also use Wilfred Gordon to introduce my Writer's Workshop. It actually ties right into the penny book project that I have the kids do-all about their memories. Thanks for the freebie.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. I looooove Thank you, Mr. Falker! Such a good book! I'm excited to check out Storyline Online!

  5. I had never heard of Storyline Online. I love finding something new. You are a prolific blogger and you have awesome ideas! I am forever finding out new things from reading your posts. Thanks for the reminder to link up with Stacia and Amanda over at Collaboration Cuties! I was inspired by your post to add my own!

  6. These are great books. Storyline Online is great. Thanks for sharing! Hope your summer is going well!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  7. So excited to try all your ideas this year!!!! Nancy.

  8. Thanks for sharing about Stories Online, it looks like a great resource. Love the next workshop idea - it is what most of us are doing:).

  9. Thank you so much for sharing Stories Online. Quite a few of your mentor books are on there. Thanks for sharing about this before I went out and bought the books. :)

  10. I love Patricia Polacco's books. She is a phenomenal writer and you chose one of her sweetest books. :)

    I love the workshop idea. I'm looking forward to some fabulous resources. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  11. We read Wilfred Gordon each year with our Scott Foresman series and I think it is such a great book!

  12. Love both of these books! Your activity reminds me of my Me Bag, but I love your directions! (Don't bring in anything alive!) LOL! I'll have to add that to mine! Do you have a story you want to share??!!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  13. Both books sound great and what an awesome resource with Storyline Online. I have never heard of it and will certainly check it out.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great evening.

    School Is a Happy Place

  14. I have never heard of Storyline Online and will need to check that out ASAP. I also have not heard of your second book, but love that activity and freebie, so I will have to check that out too. This linky is making a lot of work for me :)

  15. I STILL have not read Thank you Mr. Falker but I think I have it. After you told me how much you cried I didn't think I could get through it. Wilfrid McDonald... is one of my absolute faves...and I've cried with that one too!

    Thanks for linking up! <3
    Collaboration Cuties

  16. Love Storyline Online, and I love these picture books as well! I am a Patricia Polacco junkie--happily admit that!

    Have a great week--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  17. Storyline Online is such a nice addition to a classroom- I know lots of teachers at my school use it a ton!
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core

  18. I haven't read Thank you, Mr. Falker either! I'll have to grab a copy!

    Looking forward to linking up on Wednesday!

    Sweet Rhyme – Pure Reason

  19. As I was reading this I was thinking "That book is on Storyline" and whoomp- you beat me to the punch. This years class loved Storyline! Can't wait for your Workshop Wednesday linky.
    A Burst of First

  20. I came over from Manic Monday and the "Rule of Three!" I love Storyline, when we have to go out to recess in August in Florida and it is over 100 degrees!! Then we come inside, sit in the dark and listen/watch a story, it is so nice. The kids cool down, I cool down...lovely!
    Have a wonderful Fourth of July!
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