Sunday, June 2, 2013

Mentor Text Sunday: Thunder Boomer

Happy Sunday!

I'm off to go outleting with some of my college friends (who I haven't seen in almost a YEAR!) in Kittery.

Before I leave though (at an absurd hour for me on a Sunday ;), I wanted to link up with Collaboration Cutie's Mentor Text Linky.


I wanted to share with you one of my very favorite books for teaching writing: Thunder Boomer by Shutta Crum.
 This story is about a summer storm that brings some much needed rain to a very hot day on the farm. It progresses from a simple storm to a hail storm-and even brings a surprise at the end.

I LOVE this book...it has such vivid and great word choice, as well as using a lot of onomatopoeia (why do I always spell that wrong?). This book banishes boring words to bring to life a vivid visualization of what a summer storm on the prairie looks and sounds likes.

The illustrations are no slouch either.



 Don't you  just love those sound words written across the page?!!

It's also a great example for a personal narrative introduction, because it focuses in on a specific moment...it's a great seed story!! :)

You can use Thunder Boomer to teach visualization (image the drawings that could come from it!), prediction, inferencing, story structure, plot and more.

It's a truly versatile mentor text for Reading, Writing or just plain fun!



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Today's Outfit:

Tank (underneath): Target
Shirt: Kohls
Shorts: Old Navy
Flip Flops: Target



Happy Sunday! (only 3 Monday's left!)

Smiles and Sunshine,
Kaitlyn

10 comments:

  1. This looks like a fantastic book! Looks like I have another one to add to my wishlist! Have fun with your friends today!


    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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  2. I have not seen this one before! Thanks so much for sharing, as I will add this to my list of purchases this summer! :0)

    All the best--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

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  3. I love a good example of a seed story...I am pinning and adding to my list! :) Thanks!
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

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  4. I think I'll check this one out and read it with my kids during the rainy parts of June. thanks for the suggestion.

    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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  5. Thanks for the book idea!

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  6. Oh my gosh, this book would be a great companion to Come On Rain! Making connections..... ;-)
    Jivey
    ideas by jivey
    Follow Me On Facebook! :)

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  7. I have never heard of this book but it looks so great!! It's going on my wishlist! I don't know how I will ever have time to share all of these books with my class next year!!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Amanda
    Collaboration Cuties

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  8. New to me! I love finding new books! Thanks for sharing! Perfect for my writing unit!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  9. Thanks, Kaitlyn, for reviewing my book, THUNDER-BOOMER!! I don't know if you know, but it was an Amer. Library Assoc. and a Smithsonian Magazine notable book of the year. I LOVE that kids can use it as a mentor text.

    Keep up the good work. (My latest book is due out July 2: DOZENS OF COUSINS. It is illustrated by David Catrow.) You can find more info about my boooks at: http://shutta.com.

    Please feel free to post the link whenever you do a review. I love getting notes from folks, and they can contact me through my site.

    Shutta

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  10. Love this book idea...so many teachable points.

    Thank you for sharing!
    Christy
    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

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