Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Gift of Reading blog hop

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At each blog stop, you will be gathering Reading gifts and freebies.  In each post you will find a picture of a snowman with a letter on it. Collect all of the letter to solve the mystery quote to enter the giveaway. Record all of the letters on your recording sheet and follow each blog along the way so that you can enter the amazing giveaway at the end!

The hop is set up as a loop, so you may start anywhere along the hop, but if you would like to start at the beginning you may go to A Day In The Life of A Title I Teacher's blog.  This is also where you will go after you finish the hop to enter the giveaway!!

I am passionate about the teaching of reading, particularly rigorous reading pedagogies for higher order thinking.  The resource I have created for you as a freebie is based on a newly published picture book, "Blossom Possum and the Christmas Quacker" by Gina Newton and Christina Booth (Scholastic, 2013).  Being Australian, the focus is on an Aussie Christmas.

The resource includes prompts for the 4H reading strategy - Here, Hidden, Head and Heart - is the answer literal, right here in the text?  Is the answer hidden, do I need to think and search?  Is the answer my own opinion or based on my past experience; so is it in my head or is the answer how I feel, therefore in my heart?  This is an innovation on three level guides and Question, Answer, Relationships (QAR), by Taffy Raphael.

The freebie also includes a problem-many solutions story map, Australian idioms and slang matching cards and rhyming words matching cards.

This resource would be useful for anyone studying a unit on "Christmas Around the World" or wanting to get to know a little more about the Australian culture.  I hope you do enjoy it with your students.  You can download this freebie by clicking on the image of the product below.  You can read a review of the picture book by clicking on the cover of the book below.
Click on the image above to grab your freebie.
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I would really appreciate it.

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I hope that you enjoyed your gift and learned something new. If you would like to be the first to know about new post, giveaways, and blog hops follow me on Bloglovin' by clicking the image below.

Don't stop now! Hop on over to "Reading.Writing. Thinking. Sharing" by MsJordanReads to pick up another amazing reading gift! Happy Holidays! 
If you get lost along the way download the Hop Map here to easily pick back up where you left off or you can find the next stop on the hop list below...
Merry Christmas everyone and thank you so much for your support this year... 



  1. Your activity pack looks really great! Thank you for sharing it with us!
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. What a cute book, Kylie! Thanks for sharing it with us and providing activities to use with it. I'm so thankful that you are part of our group!

    1. Thanks for leaving feedback Wendy - I am so blessed with the new friends we have made through this blog hop :) Kylie