Friday, March 6, 2015

Virginia is for Book Lovers Blog Hop

 I am thrilled to be joining my fellow Virginia bloggers for a blog hop that embraces our love of reading! Each of us is happy to share a book and resource that we LOVE to use in the classroom for this very special hop. Not only that, but you'll find a book giveaway on each page of the hop, with a super huge giveaway at the end.

Read alouds are my favorite part of the day. I have so many "favorite" books. I really should start to tally how many times I say "This is my absolute favorite book about..." in a week! There is no doubt I pass on my reading enthusiasm to my students because they love to relax with a good friend and good book. It just warms my reading heart.

Since there are just way too many great books to fit in a day of instruction, I'm a big fan of integrating literature in content areas to squeeze in a few more. There are so many amazing non-fiction books out there. There are also incredible fiction books that can be used to teach content area (and a few comprehension skills too!).

This brings me to a dynamic fiction/non-fiction duo for teaching seasons... Frog and Toad All Year and A Tree for All Seasons. {Again, I have so many "favorites" I couldn't pick just one book to highlight!}

 Frog and Toad is a classic book with five short stories. Each story takes place during a different season. This book is perfect for making inferences. We also make a flip book that includes a story event for each season.

A Tree for All Seasons is a National Geographic book. The direct text and vivid photographs do an amazing job of capturing the changes in the seasons including trees, animals, activities, and clothing. It is perfect for Virginia's first grade weather/seasons SOL 1.7. After reading the book we do group projects on the characteristics of each season and combine them on a large chart.

We also draw and write about how a tree changes throughout the seasons.

Another favorite fictional season book is A Busy Year by Leo Lionni. Unfortunately, this book is currently out of print so you have to snag a used copy.

I'm sharing a freebie to accompany your readings of Frog and Toad All Year and A Tree for All Seasons from my Seasons Unit. Although I love both of these books, these activities will work with any book about seasons. This freebie includes the inference page, seasons chart, and a four season graphic organizer. 

In addition, I'm giving away a copy of both books in the Rafflecopter below.  

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To celebrate our love of reading, Virginia bloggers have also put together an additional mega-giveaway. One lucky winner will win ALL of the books (that's 19 wonderful books) in our hop! Each blogger will send you the book they've talked about. Imagine receiving 19 wonderful books for free on your doorstep and sharing them with your lovely students! Keep hopping along to learn more book favorites and your chance to win!


  1. I love Frog and Toad... thank you for the great freebie!


  2. Leo Lionni and Arnold Lobel are some of my favorites! Good memories of some of their books as a child :) Thanks for sharing!

    Owls and Lessons, Etc.

  3. I have had that Tree For All Seasons books for years- have always loved the photographs! And Frog and Toad are also favorites of mine and my students. Love being able to link science with my language arts lessons. Wonderful post!
    The Meek Moose

  4. Inferences are so hard for students...Frog and Toad are a great way to help students.

  5. I love that tree graphic organizer! That looks like so much fun! Love Frog and Toad too!! Such a classic that all kids enjoy!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  6. I have wonderful memories of Frog and Toad. I've often thought of volunteering at a local library just so I can read share some of my favorite read-alouds with my students. Thank you so much for being a part of the hop!

  7. I love finding new ways to integrate literacy into my Science lessons. These books look perfect and the tree graphic organizer is fantastic!
    Polka Dot Lesson Plans

  8. Some of my favorite titles. Thanks for the great freebie!

  9. Love Frog and Toad! I also use A Tree for All Seasons in my Science lessons.

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  10. This makes me miss first grade again! I loved using Frog and Toad:)
    Love the tree graphic organizer with one tree spread across the four seasons - since I don't have first graders anymore I may have to do that with my son.

  11. I had heard a lot about the Virginia Creeper Trail. But when I reached there with Dr Ron Virmani, It is certainly one of the most popular and beautiful bike trails in the eastern part of USA. Such a wonderful place it was !