Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What We're Reading Wednesday- Read Aloud with Anchor Chart

It's hump day, and to add some fun to each Wednesday, I am beginning a new series called, "What We're Reading Wednesday." I am so excited about this new series! Hopefully, this will help keep me focused and blogging more.  Each Wednesday, I plan to post and share something that we are reading. It could be fiction, nonfiction, chapter books, articles, history, science, math, anchor charts, PowerPoint, TpT products, and more

This week we are reading one of my favorite read alouds ever...


I have read this book by Avi to my students for several years. The first time I read this book, I fell in love! Of course, I enjoy the story of Poppy and how she is a heroine that saves her family from the evil Mr. Ocax, but I also love the complexity of the sentences and how the author's words and sentences flow on each page. This is a fabulous book that captures my students' attentions every year and draws them into this complex story. Students love this book!
One of my favorite things about read aloud time is that it is a time to simply enjoy a book. Occasionally, we do discuss some aspects of a read aloud, and I find some teaching moments. Poppy is filled with fabulous vocabulary. I like to post some of the vocabulary along with sentences from the book onto anchor charts to use with morning work activities. My students love to find these words in books that they are reading independently. In fact, just after we worked with these words, I had a student to find "hesitated" in their own reading. (They get so excited when they find vocabulary.)
Another anchor chart that I love to create with read alouds would be a similes chart. Poppy is not filled with similes, but there are several wonderful examples. Students love to find similes, and it seems that the more we talk about them and chart them, the more that they are able to find in their own reading, and in turn, the more they begin to use in their own writings.
Poppy is definitely a book that I highly recommend! It is What We're Reading this week! What are you reading? I'd love to know!
Have a blessed Wednesday!


  1. Love, love, love Poppy! I read it every year. The characters are so well written - my kids love to shiver over Mr. Ocax and laugh at grumpy Ereth and his funny sayings.

    1. I agree! My students giggle endlessly over Ereth's grumpy attitude. I love changing my voice to read the part of Ereth! This is such a fun book to read aloud.

  2. Why have I never heard of this book? I'm adding it to my list to look for at the library on our next visit. It looks fabulous!

  3. I think you will love it, Deb! It is one of my favorites! My students can't wait for read aloud time.

  4. I just found your blog! I love reading Poppy with my students too. It's fabulous! I always read it with our Ecosystems unit and dissect an owl's pellet. Love all your anchor charts!


  5. I love this too!!! I'm glad I linked up to your blog today! I have a feeling I will be visiting it often! Thanks for this idea too!
    Happy Days in 4th Grade