12 Books of Christmas Giveaway!

Hey There! 

I am Christina from Mrs. Winter’s Bliss. I have been teaching 1st grade for 20 years…WAIT, what? How did that happen? I cannot be THAT OLD! Anyway, I am excited to be linking up with 11 other amazing bloggers to share some of our favorite holiday books and FREEBIES with you! 

Along with the freebies for each book, we are also giving away a copy of each book. Make sure to read through to the end of the post to grab the freebies and a chance to WIN ALL 12 books! 

I chose to share the book Junie B. First Grader Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! (P.S. So Does May.) by Barbara Park. 

If you are like me and my 1st graders you already know what a hilarious and relatable character Junie B. is to us. This book is no exception! 

It’s holiday time, and Room One is doing lots of fun things to
celebrate. When everyone picks names for Secret Santa, Junie B. gets stuck with
Tattletale May! Junie B. thinks maybe, just maybe, a Secret Santa gift is the
perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves. This book has
a sweet kindness message at the end.
My freebie is a packet of text dependent comprehension
questions. I use them with my small group“independent” readers who are ready to dig deeper
into what they are reading. Junie B. Jones Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
(P.S. So Does May.)
2.5 (DRA 24) reading level.
There are 2 text dependent questions for students to provide a written response for each chapter. Also included are character analysis graphic organizers. 
When I meet with my small group I have them bring
their book and reading response sheet from the previous chapter they completed
First, we discuss the main events of what they read
and each child shares their responses to the comprehension questions assigned
previously.  I give my students time to
comment or question other student’s responses in the group.
Next, we preview vocabulary words in context to
clarify meaning before they read independently.
highlight the vocabulary words in the books so students can easily find them
while we preview AND so students
recall them
as a word we discussed while
reading independently. 
Last, each child reads the chapter and completes responses independently before our group meets again.
My students greatly enjoy the independence,
have continued or ignited their love of reading, have become much better at writing responses to text dependent comprehension questions, and can better communicate their thinking with other

Of course you could use these response sheets to
practice the rigorous text based written responses after reading aloud the book to your
whole class, or as homework for individual students. 

You can grab this FREEBIE by clicking the picture or {here}! 
Thanks so much for stopping by! Before you
hop onto see my friends, Angela and Kelley over at Glyph Girls, don’t forget to
grab my number! Each blogger will have a number at the end of his/her post.
Collect all the numbers along the way, and when you’re done, add them all up
and enter the total number in the Rafflecopter below!

Good luck, happy hopping!

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