Picture Books to Teach Plot

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Happy Monday, Friends! I'm back with another list of my favorite picture books to teach certain skills and this time we are focusing on PLOT. Be sure and check out my post about picture books to teach THEME and download the free reference guide for that skill here

Now, some of these books were also included in my list of books for teaching theme because we all know that stories can be used for multiple skills. I've picked these 20 picture books because they lend themselves easily to mapping out the plot of a story using various strategies like the five W's or SWBST (my favorite way to teach plot!)

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Disrupting Thinking: Chapter 4

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Okay, y'all. I was a slacker last week and didn't post my book study post for last week's reading. Since I need to post about chapter 4, I didn't want to include that with this week's reading because that would be a LOT. I've decided to post my thoughts on last week's reading (chapter 4 and part 1) today and then Saturday, I will post my thoughts on this week's reading (chapters 5,6) and then I'll be caught up for next week. Forgive me, friends! :) 

So let's talk chapter 4. This chapter was all about how students need to be compassionate readers. Although this sounds like a simple concept, I have found this to be difficult when teaching reading. It is so hard to get kids to put themselves in the reader's shoes and communicate how they would feel if they were put in a situation that the character found themselves in. So often, they just want to answer with things that are happening in the text and leave their feelings out of it. 

Did this statement stick out to anyone else? I gotta say, it really resonated with me and then left me a little confused. There's a fine line between just letting the kids read and response to the text and actually teaching them how to do it, and sometimes while I'm reading this book, I'm overwhelmed and unsure of how to go about it. I want more than anything for my kids to love reading, but I also want them to know how to read and comprehend and response to the text. I mean, sometimes a "sticky note" is needed, right?? How do you get them to develop a love for reading and not smother them with sticky note tasks, while at the same time actually teaching them useful strategies??

This is another statement that I highlighted. This year, I really want to teach my kids to respond to the text as it relates to them, but I also want them to share their thoughts with others. I think literature circles will really help with this. 

Y'all know I struggle with nonfiction. I always have to force myself to incorporate more nonfiction into my lessons. Fiction just comes naturally to me, and I always lean toward that type of text, but I really liked what this chapter said in regards to being a compassionate reader when reading nonfiction. I think this is so important now more than ever. The book used the 2016 election as an example and that really hit home with me. We need compassionate readers (and people!) now!

Okay, what stuck with you from chapter 4? I wanna know! And I promise after Saturday I will be caught up and on time with the rest of the book study posts. :)

To see the other posts in the book study:

Chapter 4, Part I Thoughts (this post)

Part II, Chapter 5,6

Chapters 7,8,9, Thoughts on Part II

Part III, Chapters 10, 11

Chapters 12, 13

Chapters 14, 15, end of book

Teacher Tidbit Tuesday

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Happy Tuesday, y'all! This week's Teacher Tidbit Tuesday topic is your favorite Instagrammers. If you know me, you know I'm obsessed with Instagram. I LOVE finding inspiration through this social media app, whether it's for fashion, teaching, or reading! You can follow my accounts if you want to see my posts.

Fashion/life+style: @msleslieann01

In this post, I'm sharing a few of my favorite people to follow on Instagram. If I included everybody that I love, this post would go on forever! And if I'm being completely honest, I'm typing this late Tuesday afternoon after a crazy, busy day and I have about 30 minutes to work on it before I have to leave to go somewhere else. My life has been so so busy right now, y'all! I'll try and do another post like this soon because there are so many people I love to follow and that I want to share with y'all!


Terri's eye for design is spot on and her TpT creations are fabulous! You will love.

Maddie's stories are so funny and real and after watching her, you'll want to be BFFs!

Teacher+fashion...need I say more? I LOVE this girl's OOTD posts!

If you want to be inspired, follow Brittany. She is such a passionate teacher that gives classroom makeovers that are so fun to watch!

Not only do I love Katie's thoughtful posts, but she shares the best books that her kids love. I always find new books to add to my classroom library. 

Need posts that make you think? I LOVE this account!

Great ideas to use in the classroom and also some great book suggestions too!

Need tech help or knowledge? My go to for new ways to incorporate technology is Mitchel.

The picture book queen!

I've followed Babbling Abby since my first grade days. I feel like I've watched her children grow up and I'm fully invested in their lives LOL!

Fonts galore. Although I do get sad looking at her anchor charts because mine will NEVER be that pretty. :(


Chelsea shares the best books that I always put on my TBR shelf! She reads all kinds, but she shares mostly thriller/mystery.

Alyssa and I have such similar tastes in books! I love to see what she's reading and what she thought about it. 

I LOVE how Amy incorporates fashion and books. Bonus...she's a teacher!

Kristina is one of my absolute favorite teachers and I feel like we're twins. She teaches first grade and shares her fashion on IG. I LOVE her account!

This girl is a boutique owner that lives in Nashville. I love her IG stories and her hair is perfection.

Catlin is a huge fashion blogger that just got married. Even though we don't really have the same style, I love her posts. She works from home, which is my dream LOL

I can't post about my favorite Instagrammers without sharing my IDOL. Reese is just perfection in my eyes. Perfection!

That's it for today's Teacher Tidbit Tuesday post. Here's what topics are coming up. 

Your Summer Rountine

Favorite Instagrammers (this post)

Classroom Design Plan

Top 10 Favorite Movies

Favorite Phone Apps

Happy List

Fictional Character Role Models

Workspace Must Haves

What's in Your Teacher Bag?

Picture Books for Teaching Skills: Theme

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Happy Monday, friends! Today is the first post in a new little mini series that I'll be sharing on my blog called "Picture Books for Teaching Skills." The first skill in this series is....theme!

Since I started incorporating more picture books into my classroom this past school year, I realized how much easier it made teaching the concept of the central message or a story (theme) Since we had already read and discussed so many different lessons (themes) from all the picture books that we had been reading, it made it easy for the kids to recognize want the theme was and how to state it. Year after year, I run into the problem of kids stating the theme as something that happened in the story. For example, one possible theme of the story The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch is don't judge someone based on their looks, but the students would say something along the lines of "The prince didn't want the princess because she was dirty!" They didn't understand how to state the theme as something that could apply to other situations. Picture books are a game changer!

Now, almost all of these picture books are below grade level, so they make great texts to introduce theme and then for individual practice. I use more complex text once we have gotten into the lesson, but picture books make for the perfect introduction!

Today, I'm going to share my top 20 picture books for teaching theme. If you want a free printable list of these books to use as a reference sheet, you can grab it here. :) Let me know what other skills you want to see picture book pairings for. :)

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