Sunday, September 1, 2013

Mentor Text: Max's Words and Hop and Win Giveway

I love talking about, reading, and sharing books, which is why I love Amanda & Stacia's Must Read Mentor Text Linky!
Max's Words is the book for you if you want to get your students excited about new vocabulary or motivated to write! Max starts his own unique collection of words: big words, little words, good and bad, words that are spoken to him, words that he didn't know before, and all other kinds of words. Throughout the book, Max realizes that words have meaning. He starts to rearrange words and creates sentences then goes on to add more and more, until he finally ends up with his very own story. This book is full of creativity and realistic illustrations. This book will be the hook to get my students to want to "expand" their collection of words
 This book is definitely captivating and enjoyable to read!
 I will be using this text to introduce my Expand a Word Vocabulary Word Work center and Jivey's Mentor Sentences this week-anxious to try her sentences with my class! (thanks Christy for reminding me of this book!).
My Expand-a-Word is the perfect opportunity to introduce plurals, prefixes & suffixes, spelling patterns, and new vocabulary. Great for centers, whole or small group instruction, partners, or enrichment homework!
The idea of this center is to "expand" the letters on the card with changing the order. Letters can be inserted in front, in between, and after the letters from the card to make new words.

I modeled how to use my word work center last week whole group and my students loved it! They thought they were playing a game, so I know they'll be excited to have this in a center this week!  
My students will start their collection of words like Max!
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  1. This is a book that I keep forgetting about. I haven't used it before, but every time I read about it I remember I want to use it with my class. Thanks for the reminder. I'm going to need to try and grab it from the library.

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  2. Here is my pin!

    Thank you!

  3. I posted on my Facebook that ok?

  4. I just finished submitting a donorschoose grant for mentor texts for teaching traits writing, and this is one of the books on my list! Great one! Thanks so much for sharing how you use it. Also, I really like your word work product and think my second graders would be able to benefit from it. I have pinned you! Have a great week!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  5. I used this book last week to introduce our personal dictionaries in their writing notebooks and my kiddos loved it! Now I can refer back to it when I introduce Expand-a-Word! Thanks for the idea!

  6. Yay! Love this!!
    looks like something the kids will love!


    This looks great!

  8. I totally need to get this book! It looks like a great read!

    Thank you for the lightbulb cards that I received through Diane and Amelia's giveaway! They are super cute!

    One Happy Teacher

  9. Love these kinds of word activities! Thanks for the chance to win them.

  10. Love this book! Thanks for sharing your word study idea.
    Here is my pin:

  11. Love it!! Thankss

  12. I need to get this book! And I love your center activity! Perfect for word work!! Awesome idea!!

    Thanks so much for linking up!!
    Collaboration Cuties

  13. I've never heard of this book, but I need to add it to my list. What age range would you say it best fits? I teach 3-5.

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late
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  14. Melissa read my mind! I was about to say 1-I had never heard of this, but it sounds great for teaching vocabulary, and 2-I teach you think this book would be appropriate for the little kids? Thanks!

    -Amanda @
    Teacher at the Wheel

  15. Pretty soon I think I am going to own all of the products you make Joanne! I love them all!!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  16. This looks like a great book! Adding it to my "list"! Pinned the book and your word work activity:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  18. Here is my pin


  19. I need that book!
    Here is my pin:

  20. This book is perfect for our "capturing words" activity. It's already in my Amazon cart. Thank you for the recommendation, and thank you for a chance to win!

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  21. I LOVE Max's Words and have forgotten that I own it! I'm taking it out this week for word work!! Thanks for sharing!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  22. I've pinned it on my Homeschool Board on Pinterest. Hope I am not to late to join! ;D

  23. I LOVE that book! And I pinned it!


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