Sunday, June 16, 2013

Science Mentor Text, a FREEBIE, and New Graphics!

Linking up with Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text Linky is a Sunday staple. This week's topic is science...

Teaching the kids about how to conserve is one of my favorite science concepts to teach! It's so important for young kids to believe that THEY can take action to help the world and start to build habits of environmental stewardship.  

I am sharing two simple, yet effective, texts to use when helping students understand why they should conserve water and how they can actually help, Why Should I Conserve Water? by Mike Gordon and Watch Over Our Water by Lisa Bullard.

What do I like about these texts? They are both quick read alouds that trigger great discussion.  

After reading both texts aloud, we brainstormed a huge list of ways to conserve.  Finally, each students chose three things they could go home and start/continue to do that very day! Students wrote their "I cans" on the follow up sheet below.  Download it here!

Watch Over Our Water is also available for Kindle and is part of a wonderful series of environmental awareness books by Cloverleaf Books.  Why Should I Save Water? also has many companions such as Why Should I Save Energy and Why Should I Recycle?

Also, I just wanted to share some of my new Pastel & Cocoa Backgrounds--a FREEBIE!

Checkout my Rainbow Backgrounds and Perfect T - Kids Collection in my brand-new TpT store! 


You Pick the Kid, and then you pick the t-shirt art--24 school-themed sayings to choose from... Great for back to school!

AND don't forget to fly on over to Collabororation Cuties to read about more science mentor texts...

Almost forgot--head over to K-3 Connection to participate in a 100 Followers Giveaway!

All the best for a fabulous week!


  1. Downloaded your cocoa/pastel set and left feedback...absolutely lovely set! (And I am now following your new store there.)

    Must buy the Why SHould I book...I have at least one more by the same author and it is always a hit with the students.

    Thank you for sharing!

  2. Great choices. I love the "Why Should I" series. They are so easy to read, yet so informative!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. I love your freebie- definitely going to use that next year with some books I have about saving water! I have a set of those "Why Should I.." books also about sharing, being kind, etc- perfect for the beginning of the year (and really anytime!). I really like them, so I'm thinking I need to check out the set you mentioned too. Thanks!
    Learning to the Core

    1. I will have to look into the character ed series... Thanks!


  4. I love the pastel and cocoa papers! Thank you so much for sharing them!

  5. I love your freebie and will be keeping it and your book suggestions for Earth Week next year. Thanks a bunch.
    Also your papers look amazing!!

    1. Super! Glad it will be of good use...


  6. Wow! Your background and graphics are wonderful! You are talented. :0)

    Love the books you shared. I need more books about conservation. I don't have any about water. :0)

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

    1. Thank you for your kind words! Thanks for stopping over today...

      Have a great week--

  7. Sarah found the "Why Should I" books this Spring. They worked great. Your background papers are very pretty and priced so reasonable! Very pretty.
    Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

    1. They are perfect for first grade, aren't they? :0)


  8. Lots of goodies in this post! Great book choices, a freebie, and cute paper! Thanks for sharing!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  9. We used to teach pollution and conservation in 3rd but I had never heard of these books! They look super cute!

    Thank you for the freebie papers! They look great and so does your clipart! Too cute!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

  10. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the conservation recording sheet :)

    Carolina Teacher

  11. You are so talented! Love the adorable graphics!

    Following you :)

    Read With Me ABC

  12. Thanks for the book suggestions and the free graphic organizer. I really like the "I can" statements.
    Love the papers and clip art.

    School Is a Happy Place