Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Favorites Blog Hop!

I am SO excited to be participating in the Fall Favorites Blog Hop this weekend with some of my favorite primary bloggers! I hope that you have enjoyed your hop so far and have been getting some fun classroom ideas for Fall. 

My absolute favorite thing about Fall (and really just teaching in general) would have to be children's literature! I just LOVE BOOKS!! And I think that Halloween, and Thanksgiving have some wonderful children's literature. If you follow me on Instagram, you might be sick of seeing me post about my two favorite Halloween books and the activities that go along with them, but let me just tell you… my firsties are still SO into both of these stories! I have been able to use these books to teach about: plot, sequencing, characters, 
setting, and other story elements. 
My two favorite Halloween stories are definitely 
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, and 
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. 


This week, my kiddos did a double bubble map to compare both of these Halloween stories. This was such a fun activity for them, and it hit so many of  the standards that I am supposed to be teaching as well. It was a win win for sure!

As a FREEBIE for you, I have included the double bubble map. I have ALSO included a blank double bubble map for you to compare two of your favorite Fall stories with your kiddos. Click on either picture below to download your freebie! 

Coming soon… 
I am in the process of updating my Thanksgiving literacy unit about my favorite Thanksgiving book: Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. 

I absolutely LOVE this story!!! It is also a great book to teach story elements to your students. This product is available in my store now, and an updated version is coming next week, but I wanted you to have a "sneak peek" freebie! Click on the image below to download. :) 

Ready for some more fun!?? I decided to have a mini giveaway 
in honor of my favorite Fall books. 

I am giving away BOTH of my Halloween literacy packs for Big Pumpkin and Room on the Broom
Click on the pictures below to see these packs on TPT! 

I am ALSO giving away $10 to Amazon 
for you to spend on children's books for your classroom!! Woo hoo! Happy shopping :) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks for stopping by friends!! Continue hopping to the next blogger, Amber, from The Sunny Side of Second Grade to see what she has in store for you. Have a great weekend! 


  1. My favorite fall children book is Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

  2. I love reading the book Run Turkey Run! Thanks for doing this giveaway!!


  3. I like the book From Seed to Pumpkin!

  4. I love reading the book Go Away Big Green Monster....such a cute book!

  5. I like reading Twas the night before Thanksgiving

  6. I just ordered Room on the Broom because I have heard so many good things about it. :)
    Mrs. Black's Bees

  7. I like turkey trouble and Spookley the Square Pumpkin!

  8. My favorite fall book is There's a Monster at the End of this Book. My mom used to read it to me all the time. I think I've already been through 4 copies since I began teaching because it gets so "loved"

  9. I need to go back to the book store for Room on the Broom- I love the book Piggie Pie by Margie Palanatini- not necessarily fall, but what other time is perfect for a great story about a witch that incorporates other fairy/folk tales into it! :) Great pictures, too!! I think sometimes I love it more than they do!!

  10. I love the books for the fall. Thank you.

  11. My favorite fall book is Leaf Man. I love the excitement the children share when they recognize different formations in the book. They receive a template and with their families, they create their own leaf person.

  12. A parent helper just told me that Room on the Broom is her favorite Halloween book and I told her Big Pumpkin was mine. I just laughed when I saw this post with both!
    The Research Based Classroom

  13. I like The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything. :) I know I'll get Room on the Broom if I win Not sure what else.

  14. I love the writing ideas and double bubble organizer you used here! My favorite books are Gail Gibbons nonfiction books about Pumpkins, Bats, and Thanksgiving.


  15. I like Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

  16. I think my favorite fall book ( least right now) is Leaf Man.

  17. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

  18. I LOVE Room on a Broom and The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything.

  19. Big Pumpkin. I have to find Room on a Broom

  20. I love to use Turkey Trouble. We read it in class and each student get their own turkey to disguise. I am amazed at their creativity!

  21. My favorite book is Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

  22. LoVe all of your stuff! Soooo cute! I want to join your blog-hopping group. :)
    Palma from

  23. I love Room on the Broom! I just bought the DVD this week!