Sunday, April 28, 2013

Flash Freebie/100 Followers/Mentor Text Linky!

I blogged a few weeks back about having a project funded through and I have already received my class set of Out of My Mind books! We started reading the book this week and the students love it! The book has really given my students a better understanding and appreciation for students with disabilities. Here is a summary of the book from the author, Sharon Draper's, website:

"Eleven-year-old Melody has a photographic memory. Her head is like a video camera that is always recording. Always. And there’s no delete button. She’s the smartest kid in her whole school—but NO ONE knows it.

Most people—her teachers and doctors included—don’t think she’s capable of learning, and up until recently her school days consisted of listening to the same preschool-level alphabet lessons again and again and again. If only she could speak up, if only she could tell people what she thinks and knows. But she can’t. She can’t talk. She can’t walk. She can’t write.

Being stuck inside her head is making Melody go out of her mind—that is, until she discovers something that will allow her to speak for the first time ever. At last Melody has a voice . . . but not everyone around her is ready to hear it."
I finally finished my novel unit for this book and it is now up in my TPT, which means I will give a free copy to the first two bloggers to comment and leave their email! Or you can check it out by clicking on the picture below.
 I have reached 100 followers! I am working on setting up a giveaway and would love it if any of my blogging friends would like to participate! Please leave a comment if you would like to be a part of my giveaway! Thanks!!
Sorry for such a long post, but I also wanted to link up my must read social studies mentor text. In social studies we spend most of the year learning the states and capitals. I found a great game to practice the states and capitals and later learned the game was inspired from the book The Scrambled States of America by: Laurie Keller. If you are teaching the states and capitals, I highly recommend the book and game!

What books do you use with social studies? Go link up with Collaboration Cuties Mentor Text Linky and share!


  1. I would love a copy! We are reading this right now!!


    1. Oh and I would also love to donate! Congrats!

  2. I would love a copy & would be happy to donate to your giveaway!


  3. This sounds like a great book! I think it would be too difficult for my third graders but it I will definitely have to check it out myself.


  4. I can help with your giveaway too.

    My kids and I love that book!

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  5. Scrambled States sounds like fun! We actually aren't required to teach states and capitals in 4th, but if it ever gets added to our list, I'll keep it in mind! :)
    ideas by jivey
    Follow me on Facebook!

  6. If you're interested in primary activities, we can donate! Congrats on making it to 100! Your book pick is a great one!
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  7. Love the Scrambled States!! So funny! Enjoyed reading everything in your post!

    Have a great week--
    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  8. I only have 1 TPT product for sale, but I'll donate it.

    We got a class set of Out of Mind this year. I haven't read it yet. It is on my summer reading list. I'll have to put your unit on my wishlist.


  9. Congrats on reaching 100 followers. I would be happy to donate to your giveaway. I think I may just add "Out of My Mind" to mine and my daughter's summer reading list.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

  10. I'd love to help out with your giveaway! Congrats on reaching 100 :)

    teaching,life,and everything in between

  11. I chose this book too! I love it! I find the kids love it too! Congrats on reaching 100 followers!

    Rosie's Rambles

  12. I love this book as well. The game is new to me. I'll have to check it out.
    Congratulations on reaching 100+ followers.

    School Is a Happy Place

  13. I have heard great things about Out of My Mind. The scrambled states looks cute!

    Thanks so much for linking up! We'll be glad to help with the giveaway!
    Collaboration Cuties