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Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas

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If You Give a Reindeer a Root Beer...
Studying Circular Plot Structure

Have your students learned about circular tales?

A circular plot is a plot that follows a circle. It has various events but comes back to the beginning by the end of the story. An example would be: If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. First, we read a few of her tales. Then kids wrote their understanding of what circular plot structure was.

Then kids wrote their own stories using the frame of "If you give a reindeer a root beer..."

They used the frames to write their own mini-books.

Then they created reindeer crafts.

We put everything together on a bulletin board.

Best of all, we read our stories to Kindergarteners and Second graders.  Such a great experience.

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If You Give a Reindeer a Root Beer... Studying Circular Plot Structure

It was a lot of fun.  It took us about a week to go from research to publishing to reading the the primary graders.  It means so much to the little ones.  As we walk the halls, I can hear whispering "those are the big kids who read to us!" I see my kids walking just a little taller.  Love it!!

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