Back to School Books & Stone Fox Winner

The Collaboration Cuties have their back to school themed mentor texts starting this week. {Crazy how summer flies so quickly!} I'm linking up a couple of books that I really enjoy for back to school time, although, the Collab Cuties have several great back-to-school products posted with their latest post so I'm thinking I will need to add a few more books to my back-to-school rotation!

The first book that I'm going to share I plan on reading with my class fairly early in the year. I plan on utilizing Jivey's Mentor Sentences and similar to Max collecting words, I want my students (and myself) to be a collector of great sentences. I think that this book will be a great spring board for those collections to take place.

Here is what Amazon has to say about Max's Words
Max’s brothers have grand collections that everyone makes a big fuss over. Benjamin collects stamps and Karl collects coins, and neither one will share with their little brother. So Max decides to start a collection of his own. He’s going to collect words. He starts with small words that he cuts out of newspapers and magazines, but soon his collection has spilled out into the hall. All the while, his brothers are watching. Benjamin brags that he has one thousand stamps. Karl is just a few coins short of five hundred. But a thousand stamps is really just a bunch of stamps, and a lot of coins is only a heap of money. A pile of words, however, can make a story. 
A wonderful story that draws children of all ages into the story.

I'm also sharing another story from a previous week: Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons. I think that this would be a wonderful story for the beginning of the year when talking about rules and expectations. Click on the picture to find out more.

Last, but not least.... thank you for all the pinning and great feedback on my Stone Fox unit. I'm pretty excited about it. I hadn't made anything quite this extensive for reading, it just sort of kept growing. I cannot wait to share this wonderful book with my students this year.

Congratulations to Amy! You'll be getting an email shortly!
This unit is on sale in my TPT store if any one else was eying it {starting tomorrow through the 4th}

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  1. I have not seen either of these books. Thanks so much for sharing them and how you use them with your kids...

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. I have not heard of either of these books!! OMG how am I ever going to get all these awesome books in the first week of school?!? Who's bright idea was this linky anyway??????? Sheesh!! ;O)

    Thanks for linking up!!!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. Max's Words sounds soooo good, exactly for the purpose you said! You rock! Thanks! :)
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  4. Wow!! Another great book shared! My shopping cart is getting really full:) Thanks so much, Christy!
    Fourth Grade Flipper


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