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 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'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!

Have you entered?!!

Today's Outfit:

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

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

Smiles and Sunshine,


  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

  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

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

  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.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  5. Thanks for the book idea!

  6. Oh my gosh, this book would be a great companion to Come On Rain! Making connections..... ;-)
    ideas by jivey
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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!
    Collaboration Cuties

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

  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:

    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.


  10. Love this book many teachable points.

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


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