Guided Reading and a Freebie

Guided Reading and a Freebie!
Friends~When I can carry a story from Reader's Workshop to Writer's Workshop it is a bonus for me and also my students.  Every year I make this happen with my very favorite author Patricia Polacco. Amanda does too over at One Extra Degree! Along with Valentine's Day goodies and  fun I also focus on friendship.  The story Emma Kate by Patricia Polacco does just that with a TWIST!

Emma Kate Book, photo of

Patricia paints a beautiful picture of a friendship between a girl and an elephant.  The twist is~ who is telling the story?  The friendship is imaginary but even with finding this out my class still argues reality for Emma Kate.

Enjoy a Free download from my 10 page unit on
 Emma Kate.  Just click below!
Emma Kate Free Book Study, photo

One last fun tip!  I loved all of the posts about having a $ store light in my Guided Reading area to show students I was working with a group but mine kept breaking or the bulb ran out.  (So... maybe I forgot and left it on all day:)  Well,  this weekend while I was out at IKEA I grabbed this cute light and made a fun sign to go with it.  
NO BUG Zone!

No Bug Zone for Guided Reading, photo 
It turns off with a switch, looks super cute, and the bulbs last alot longer:)
  CLICK the IMAGE to download your
FREE  NO  Bug Zone Poster!
Remember to give it a PIN so you don't forget it!


  1. I love all things Patricia Polacco. This is such a great book, cute idea!
    Have a great Valentine's Day!

    Miss S

    Just Teaching...Kindergarten

  2. Thanks for the book idea! I love Patricia Polacco.

    Fun in Room 4B

  3. Thank you for the Emma Kate freebie! The bug is so stinkin' cute! Oh, and I just signed up for your newsletter! :)

    Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives


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