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Monday, December 21, 2015

Senorita Gordita and Freebie

Merry almost-Christmas!  Hi everybody!  I've been spending a lot of time with my new grandson lately, and being a grandmother is the high point of my life.  I'd like to share with you a new multicultural gingerbread-type book that I found: Senorita Gordita by Helen Ketteman.  My kids thought this book was very fun and the Spanish words really grabbed their attention.  The story follows the familiar theme of gingerbread stories where the gordita comes to life and gets chased by a rattlesnake, a scorpion, a spider, and a lizard, then finally gets eaten by an owl sitting on top of a cactus.  I've done comparing and contrasting (more about that in a previous post, if you'd like to take a look).  This year I made a graphic organizer to go with this book, and the kids did a really fab job on it!

I also wanted to tell you about something that we've been doing in Writing Fundamentals for the last few weeks.  Our whole unit is a list-and-label unit, and I decided to make some really cute Christmas labeling papers.  Some of the things that I have included are a Christmas tree, gingerbread house, reindeer, snowman... Well, there are ten different ones.  If you'd like to take a look at it, here is the product on TPT:

Christmas Labeling

I can tell you that these really sparked the children's interest.  To be completely honest, they gave me the ideas for the next picture each day.  Sometimes the best inspiration comes from our children.

Have a wonderful holiday season!  If you have time, leave me a comment.  I'd love to hear from you.