Mentor Text Challenge #3 Who Hops?

This month the mentor text I would like to share is Who Hops? by Katie Davis.  The book itself follows a predictable pattern.

Who hops?  Frogs hop.  Rabbits hop.  Kangaroos hop.  Cows hop.  No they don’t!  Cows moo and give milk, but they don’t hop!

The text goes on to ask the reader who flies, slithers, swims, and crawls.  Each section following the same basic pattern by giving examples of animals who do that action and then suggesting an animal who doesn’t do that action.

I have been able to use this text to talk about the different types of sentences there are, i.e. declarative, exclamatory, and interrogative.  I have also used the text to talk about sentence structure.  Since the sentences here are simple, we were able to notice that a sentence must have a person or thing doing an action.  I will get into “actionless” verbs a bit later.  We also talked about how we could stretch out the simple sentence by using a prepositional phrase.  However, I am not requiring my students to know what prepositions are.  In fact, one of my students came up with the term “sentence stretcher” as a definition for what a preposition does.  We also played around with placing the sentence stretcher at the beginning of the sentence to see how that changes things.

There were so many things I could do with this one book.  I go to it every year when I want my students to understand what sentences are and how we can add detail to our sentences.  Right now, I am wondering if my students could use this frame to demonstrate what they know about something we are learning about in science or math.  Hmmm.  There are many possibilities.

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Photo Challenge: Patterns

This week’s SDAWP photo challenge was on patterns.  I don’t know why I had a hard time with this challenge.  Perhaps it was due to starting school this week.  I was so focused on what I had to do in my classroom, that I did not have a chance to really “see” my environment to look for patterns.  I felt like I didn’t have a chance to slow down at all this week.  It is hard to use your peripheral vision when you have blinders on.  Getting ready for my students took all my focus.  I did mangae to take some photos.  Here are some of my favorites.

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The first picture is of a section of carpet I saw in a hotel lobby.  The second one is of the wine cork basket in my kitchen.  The last photo is the backrest of the chaise lounge in my backyard.  I liked how these patterns repeated itself in a predictable pattern.  I, especially, liked the cork basket with its criss-cross pattern and curved design.

Later in the week, I found my eyes drawn to patterns that were not predictable.  The next photo is a wall of paneling at my district office.  The last photo is a barrier wall at a local restaurant near my home.

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I really had to look hard for patterns this week.  It’s strange because I am always telling my students patterns are everywhere.  Maybe they are so prevalent that I have become desensitized to it?  I am not sure.  And, as I said earlier, my mind was preoccupied with back to school things.  Next week the challenge will be on repetition.  I hope to do a better job focusing on this.  For now, here is a collage of favorite patterns I found.

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