Thursday, October 4, 2012

October Currently and a freebie!

Yay! I knew it was the beginning of the month, but things have been so hectic that I completely forgot about looking for Farley's Currently. It was a very pleasant surprise to see it pop up on my reader yesterday evening because I love to link up and see what everyone else is posting. (Note: I'm scheduling this post because Thursday are CRAZY for me - band practice, then straight home to eat and go to small group)

So funny that Farley and I chose one of the same books. I mentioned a few posts ago how Chris Van Allsburg is one of my new favorite authors, and I'm making it a mission to familiarize myself with all of his books. I saw The Widow's Broom a few weeks ago in the library while searching for another book (I ended up using The Wretched Stone to teach plot), so I checked out both books to make sure it was mine for the month of October. I'm still working on exactly what my lesson will be, but I read it today during my planning time and loved it!
The Widow's Broom

As far as The Graves Family goes, this is a Patricia Polacco book (another favorite author), and I just got this book with my beginning of the year order. I started reading it with one of my 4th grade groups today. We're going to use it to find the main idea and supporting details. They love it so far!

Oh, this book is also GREAT for predicting! We're doing that a lot naturally. The family is very strange. I laughed because my kids were debating if the family were vampires because they moved in at night (and had red hair). They decided on their own that was not true.

And now for my freebie! I posted a few days ago about my main idea and supporting details pumpkins. I thought about it and decided I would rather give that away as a freebie. So click here to download it and use in your classroom! I'm hoping to get those pictures of it being used later this week, but no promises. Tomorrow will be crazy, too (Friday night football)!


  1. We really do have a lot in common! I love Patricia Polacco and Chris Van Allsburg. They are so perfect for teaching so many different reading strategies. Plus the kids love them too! I love the pumpkin activity too! Thanks for sharing!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  2. I love Restaurant Impossible!! And I feel you..I've been patiently waiting for a holiday too :(

    I'm a new follower...found you through the linky :)

    Color Me Kinder

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the library and end up going at least once a week. I love new books, but can't afford them in my budget. Thanks for the pumpkin freebie.
    Life with Mrs. L

  4. Thanks for the freebie! I am your newest follower:) Stop by and visit me...

    Learn, Play & Have Fun

  5. Thanks for sharing the freebie! I tried to get The Widow's Broom, but it was checked out of my library, so I hope I can get it sometime this month! I'm your newest follower!

    Teaching Special Kids

  6. Thanks for the freebie too! I have 2 boys! They are and can be handfuls, but crawling will lead to walking, which leads to running... right to mama's arms! That's the cool part! Stephanie

  7. I've changed my mind from selling things to just giving them away too. It's more fun! ;) I have lots of freebies if you want to come check them out!

    Little Miss Glamour Goes to Kindergarten