Hello, Everybody! Today I am linking up with Jennifer from Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for her fun linky, A Peek at my Week.
this post for more information on those. During our reading groups, two big focuses are cause/effect and making/justifying inferences. I am linking up with Amanda and Stacia from Collaboration Cuties to share one of my favorite mentor texts to use for these skills.
The book I am going to share is Tight Times, by Barbara Shook Hazen.
This is a story about a family who is going through some "Tough Times". Early in the book, they discuss several effects of the hard times the family is going through. I have students share these with the class, and I record them on the SMART Board. It should look something like this.
I love this book for cause and effect because the relationships are very clear.
The young boy wants a dog more than anything, but his parents continue to say no due to "Tough Times". The students eventually come to a part where they can use clues to infer that the times got tougher, as the father has lost his job.
In the end, the boy finds a cat, and his parents let him keep it. He names the cat "Dog" because that is what he always wanted (although he doesn't want it anymore.)
This is a great book for comprehension strategies, but I also love the message that it sends. It always lead to a discussion about gratitude, which I try to stress every chance I get.
Thank you, Jennifer, Amanda, and Stacia for hosting these two awesome linkies. I love reading them both each week! I'm off to do that now!
Have a great week!