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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Studying Robert Munsch!

Hi Friends!  It's hard to believe this is already Wednesday!  I feel like this week has flown by.  I'm sure you all have been just as busy as I have.  After all, it is getting to be that time of year....at our Staff Meeting today, we discussed end of year textbook counts, our end of year "Teacher Self Report", and our end of year "Summatives" with our administrators. CRAZY.  This year has gone by like "that!" (Can you hear me snap?!) :)   Our lounge has a "countdown" banner-ish thing (like that technical term, there?) and there are 44 days left...FORTY FOUR!  NUTS-O! 

And it's going to go even quicker when I think that 20 of those days are going to be spent doing "Author Study" units!  We just began this week, but it is a 4-5 week long block in our curriculum, so by the time it's over, there will be just a little over 20 days left in school...(ok on to a new topic because I'm about to start panicing here...)

So let me tell you a little bit about our Author Study this week so far!  We began with Robert Munsch.  He's a great children's author, and it's an easy transition from Author's Purpose to Robert Munsch, because he clearly writes (most times) to entertain!  And did I mention that pretty much ALL kids love his writing?! 

www.robertmunsch.com
Monday, we began our unit by learning more about Robert Munsch.  After a short introduction, we went down to our library, partnered up, and completed our "Robert Munsch Online Author Study" sheet.  My students always have so much fun with this!  They love reading about ACTUAL authors, and it always cracks me up when they ask (because they ALWAYS ask) "So is Robert Munsch STILL alive?"  Yes, he was born in 1945, which probably does sound ancient to 2nd graders...

Here are a few pics of my sweet kiddos sharing computers.  After they researched all the information to fill in the sheet, they can actually listen to some Robert Munsch stories and poems from his site.  They have so much fun! 





Yesterday and today we read 2 different Robert Munsch stories, created a Robert Munsch folder, and completed some "Story Elements" sheets about his books (characters, setting, problem, solution, favorite part, etc.).  Our class has created a few anchor charts about Robert Munsch, which have lead us to discuss "who" Robert Munsch is.  This may sound silly, but sometimes it's hard for my students to realize that authors are REAL people!  Seeing his website, reading about him, and reading his "blurb"s on the backs of his books really help with that, though!  This also helps to see where he gets his ideas for writing from, as well as his purpose for writing.

I'll post some more pictures tomorrow.  I lost track of time this afternoon, and forgot to snap some quick photos of our anchor charts and Robert Munsch "folders".  They're cute, though! 

OH!  And lastly, leave me a comment if you want a FREE copy of this Robert Munsch Online Author Study.  For the time being, I will be more than happy to share!  I am (hopefully soon) going to compile all of this unit into one, big, cute file to post on TpT.  But, like I said, for now, it's yours for FREE if you just let me know where to send it! :)

Thanks for all the interest!  You can now visit my completed pack on TpT or TN! :)

3 comments:

  1. This looks wonderful! I love all of his books!
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  2. oooo! I love Robert Munsch! :)

    Casey
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