We finished up Unit 1 in Benchmark today. The students did a great job comparing the two texts we read multiple times and writing their opinion about which book was better. The students did a great job remembering the names of text features from the information text we read. I think, though, all the students chose the realistic fiction book, Rules Are Cool, as their favorite. This book has lots of thinking and talking bubbles, and the kids really like that. No wonder they enjoy Mo Willems Piggy and Elephant books so much! The students have other texts we have read in their folders, along with a calendar of activities you can do to review Unit 1. They are also bringing home a letter with ideas to support Unit 2.
Two word. Potato Pants. Potato Pants is a very funny book written by Laurie Keller. Although this is a really silly book, it has a couple lessons about learning to get along. The main character is very excited about the sale of Potato Pants. He rushes over to the store early in the morning to get his pants. But he doesn't go in because he sees Eggplant in the store. The day before Eggplant rushed by Potato and knocked him into a trash can. Ask me to tell you what happens. This is one of those books that is really fun for adults to read because it has some humor adults would enjoy. Check out the trailer below.
I hope you enjoy the rest of this beautiful fall day!