Monday, November 10, 2014

NOvember-YESember Books Freebie!

Linking up with Monday Made It to share a quick November FREEBIE.  Each year my class, like many elementary school classes, reads the poem November, an old traditional favorite.  In my class there is a slight variation and we learn it like this:


                         No green grass
                         No blue sky
                         No bare feet going by
                         No frogs
                         No bees
                         No more leaves on the trees

(Our variation is to substitute frogs for birds because we have lots of birds that stick around.)

Anyway, like many classrooms, we make our own list of "nos"– things we can't do in the cold, or things that disappear with the season. We then turn this list into a book. My class did a great job this year. Here are some of my favorite pages:

Lined up for ice cream–
she's a kid after my own heart!
I'm not sure I could draw myself riding on a bike so well... and yes, she does have wild curly hair

I guess bears are grumpy on the way to their den

This one took me a minute... duh...
g'Wahj Sales"

Kid drawing and writing is almost as fun as kid tales! Love it! I really emphasized with them that they needed a setting... no little figures floating in space out of context, please, and they all delivered.

Now I'm going to wait a couple weeks until they've lived through November a bit and do a second book with a positive spin... Our YESember Book! It will be fun to talk about all the things we DO get to do in November that we don't do in other seasons.

The template for the book in the photos up there is an old one I made a long time ago and it needed an update. So I asked DH Jonathan to polish it up and while he was at it could he do a YESember book to go with the NOvember one.  AND he also did a pocket chart version of the poem, just to save us teachers some time. This is super simple, black and white, just print and go. Click on the book covers to get to the FREEBIE!  And have fun with it.


Now cruise on over to 4th Grade Frolics and see all the other cool stuff teachers have made. And be sure to leave Tara some love for this great linky! I always find great stuff here– teachers are a creative bunch.

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  1. What a cute idea; LOVE the pictures of your kids' work!! When I taught primary grades, I loved using writing frames as class books!!

    1. Yep, seeing what they come up with is one of the best parts of the job! Thanks for stopping by. Kathleen

  2. Your kiddos did great with their writing. I love the garage Beginning writers just make me smile!

    Luv My Kinders

    1. Yep, me too! I love teaching writing... maybe my favorite subject :) Thanks for stopping by! Kathleen


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