Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thursday Throwdown: Picture Books

Happy Thursday Everyone!

I'm linking up today with Erin from I'm Lovin Lit for her Thursday Throwdown.

Now, some of you might be shocked.

I mean, my kids are 4th graders.

9 and 10 year-olds.

They should be reading chapter books.

But no...


....have my kids reading picture books!!

GASP! How dare I encourage my students to read picture books instead of stretching my students to read chapter books!

I know.

It's shameful.

But there is a reason!

We use picture books to practice our comprehension strategies before we use them on grade level texts!

I think it is the best way to get the kids to really focus on the strategy that they are learning, rather than trying to figure out the words and what they mean.

And they love it!

They think they are getting away with something ;)


If your kids are struggling with a comprehension strategy or are just not getting something, pull out those picture books!

They'll feel smarter-and like they are getting away with something (I mean, who reads pictures books in 4th grade!) and they'll be learning too!

For more picture book ideas, check out here, herehere, here, (oh, especially here - we're doing a modified version today!) and here. Clearly, I have picture book issues! (and most of those have freebie organizers attached!)

How do you interest your kids in learning...go link up!

Wednesday's Outfit:

Sweater: Maurices
Shirt: JCP
Shorts: LOFT Outlet
Shoes: Zappos

Smiles and Sunshine,


  1. Love it that you're having your kids read picture books! That's great!!! It really is because so many picture books are written at a higher level than we think. Unfortunately many teachers don't realize that. You are a superstar! Keep up the great work!!!

  2. I completely agree with you. Reading picture books around the rocker are one of my favorite things to do with my kiddos. They are never too old to love reading! :)

    Thanks for sharing!


  3. We do a lot of picture books:). I like to take ones they know and rewrite them from a different point of view.

  4. I also use picture books sometimes as substitutes for short stories to teach the same skills. I mean.. picture books really ARE short stories anyway, right? My kids also think they're lucking out! LOL
    ;) Erin
    I'm Lovin Lit


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