Hot Fudge Monday ... On Tuesday

27 September 2011
I wanted to share a GREAT resource with you tonight.  I bought this book near the end of last year, and thought it would be so fun to use this year.  Hot Fudge Monday is a HIT in my class!  In fact, one of my students (who is difficult to engage on the best of days) remarked, "Where did you get this book?  It's hilarious!".  Well, if that doesn't SCREAM hit, I don't know what does.  The book covers the teaching of parts of speech (verbs, nouns, prepositions, adjectives, conjunctions, pronouns, interjections, and adverbs), and does so with a funny twist.  Students learn about the various parts of speech through short writing activities that are interesting, humorous, and a bit off beat.  We just finished the chapter on verbs in my classroom.  My students' favourite activity was a short writing piece where they had to describe what happened at the Institute for Disturbed Livestock when a food fight broke out in the swine development center.  Not only are my students learning about word choice and parts of speech, they are so eager to share their short stories when the time is up.  It's one of my favourite times of the day!!!

Of course, when teaching new concepts, you create new anchor charts.  This is one we created during our verb unit, and we kept adding to it as we studied new verbs (this picture was taken near the beginning of the unit).  We were really focusing on choosing "Million Dollar Verbs" and tied this learning into our Personal Narratives unit.

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  1. I love the Hot Fudge Sundae book! Even though I teach first grade I'm still putting in on my wish list at Barnes and Noble!

    Rowdy in First Grade

  2. Okay, you really are the best teachers EVER! Can you just move to Florida and help me homeschool my kids? P-L-E-A-S-E ☺

  3. Tamara,
    Move to Florida .... ummmmmm .... OK!!! Hope you have a guest room big enough for my husband and three kiddies. ;)

  4. Hi Jen!

    I bought your Memoir Writing unit a few weeks ago. It's fabulous!

    And then I got the Reading Comp Strategies and Literary Elements binders. Both are terrific!

    You may have an offer to move to Florida, but you are currently teaching in California! (Or at least your resources are!)

    Your blog helped inspire me to start mine this year. I'm just getting started, but I hope you'll take a peek!

    Thanks for all of the great ideas...


  5. Kim,
    What a sweet comment! Thank-you SO much! Heading over to your blog right now!!!

  6. Hi Jen,
    Thanks so much for posting about my binder idea. Your blog and super kind comments have sent a lot of nice people over to my blog. As a new blogger, it's much appreciated. Blogging has been a lot of fun. I've also been having a great time looking at your blog. You have some amazing ideas! I'll be back often. Thank you!!!!!

  7. This book sounds like an invaluable resource! I have to admit it is very frustrating asking a fifth grader what a pronoun is and seeing 25 sets of eyes peering back at me with a glazed over expression. Having some interesting vocabulary activities would be a welcome change of pace.

  8. I was just looking at this on amazon, I admit, I prefer and trust blog reviews- bloggers just tend to say more and show how you really use it. Thanks for the review, I will be ordering this for my older homeschool kids. I am always looking for a way to engage them and jump beyond the usual workbook pages.

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