Trick or Treat Blog Hop

Hey, y’all! I have been missing in action for a while (again-thanks to a mountain of work-related stuff), but I love linky parties, so I had to join Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook for this one! Are you ready for some tricks AND treats? I know I am.

My school system has really focused on integrating technology (specifically Google) into the classroom this year. It seems like anything and everything can be done with a laptop, interactive whiteboard and/or a tablet. I think new technology is awesome, and I understand the need to use it in the classroom, but sometimes kids just need to have access to good, old-fashioned books. The kind that have actual pages to turn. Often my students are much more intrigued by things with screens than paper books, though, so it is a challenge to motivate them to listen to a story or look at a book. Luckily, I have found a way to help with that. Curious? Ok, here is my trick: I have been using many interactive books lately. 

By adding elements to books to make them interactive, I am providing a way to keep kids engaged and hands-on while using actual paper books. Most of my interactive books consist of velcro and pictures added to the pages, but sometimes I just give the kids picture cards to help sequence the story while I’m reading it. I have also used props like stick puppets and small toys. They love these activities, and I love that they are learning without “screen time.”

Many sellers on Teachers Pay Teachers offer interactive books for a wide range of ages and themes. I use those and make my own. To get you started, or add to your collection, I am offering a treat for you. My Language Mini-Pack: “Where is Little Monster?” will be FREE through November 1st on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I am also having a giveaway for my Story Companion: “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.” The story was written by Linda Williams and lends itself to interaction without extra materials, but I have made some fun activities to go with it. Good luck!

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For more tricks and treats, click on the picture below. Have fun!

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