Favorite Things and Mentor Text: Jamie O'Rourke

Hope you all had a great weekend! I hosted Easter dinner at my house- it was my first holiday cooking for my family, and I'm pretty proud of myself! So now I'm sitting down to catch up on all the blogs I missed out on while I was prepping in the kitchen all weekend.  (I started on Friday night!)

First up, Latoya's Let's Get Acquainted Linky.  I've seen these around but haven't joined in.  No time like the present.

1. Favorite place to shop: 

Oh boy.  Well, much to my husband's chagrin, that would be Sur la Table, where just last night, we took a cooking class and bought some gadgets for the kitchen.  

2. Favorite TV show: 

Well, you all know how much I love Ina Garten, so Barefoot Contessa is pretty high up there.  But seriously...I will drop anything and everything for...

3. Favorite sweet treat: 

Creme brulee.  I have yet to attempt it myself. 

4. Favorite food: 

Lobster.  Lobster any way, any day, any time.

5. Favorite restaurant: 
This is an Italian restaurant from my college town...so many good memories!

That was fun!

I am linking up to share a mentor text I used recently to teach Cause and Effect.  I used it around St. Patrick's Day, and my students really enjoyed it.  

After we shared our predictions about the book, I read it aloud.  I had previewed the concept of cause and effect with some real-life examples, and after the book was finished, we discussed our predictions and then started a Cause and Effect anchor chart together.  The illustrations in this book really lend themselves well to retelling, main idea and detail work, and cause and effect realizations.  You can add this book to a genre study about folktales as well. 

When the book study was over we did a Reader's Theater, which was a blast and so great to improve fluency and prosody.  As an added benefit, it taught my ELL's a little bit about a different culture and tradition that many of them are unaware of.

Thanks, Amanda, Stacia, and Latoya, for hosting these linkies!


  1. Thank you so much for linking up! I saw a lot of people post about this book around St. Patrick's Day but I didn't see it in enough time to make plans to use it. :O( I will add this to my holiday book collection!! (another book I need to buy!) ;O)

    I love that you teach ELLs! I taught in a school for 4 years and almost my entire class were ELL students. I learned a lot about differentiating, vocabulary development, and using graphic organizers!! All of which are important for all students!

    I can't wait to learn more from you!
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. A few years ago I worked at a restaurant that served creme brulee. I am now told I have an expensive taste in desserts, but boy, is that one worth it! I stick to simple meals myself, but congrats on the Easter dinner and cooking class. I should get myself motivated to do things like that!

  3. I have never tried creme brulee, but I have always wanted to! I love the color scheme of your blog! I am a new follower!
    Second Grade is Out of This World!

  4. Congratulations on a successful Easter dinner! Love, love, love Gilmore Girls. I watched a couple of episodes on our last snow day, actually. Great choice with Jamie O'Rourke. Just found an old copy at a used book shop. One of my favorites!

    Eclectic Educating

  5. I'm ashamed to say... I've never had lobster or creme brulee.. Did I even spell that right??? But I have read Jamie O'Rourke and it is a FAB book!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

    1. WHAT? You have never had Lobster? For real? :)

  6. I hosted Easter dinner this year too...not for the first time though... we host often. But I hear you about spending since Friday prepping for it! Even though it is *just* my family I still like my house to be spotless. I love how it looks right before they come in the door! LOL!
    Diving Into 2nd Grade


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