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How to Catch a Leprechaun

I am always looking for opportunities to hook my students on reading!  That's why I launch most of my units and lessons with a story.  A story can capture their imagination and spark their interest in what you you are wanting to teach them.  

Actually, I start with a standard - then search for a story....
This month's target standards in reading and writing are focused on informational text and writing.

Gail Gibbons is one of my favorite authors for informational text!  
I chose her 'St. Patrick's Day' as our mentor text this month to meet those CCSS targets.  
(Perfect for the month of March!)

She uses a plethora of non-fiction text features!
Students love going on a text feature hunt! 
 I created this fun little one to go with this book: 
This may used as an anchor chart to record non-fiction text features as you read it aloud to your students.  You may also choose to use it in small group or partner work.
It's a good activity to motivate students to recognize and use these features in their reading and writing.

So let's jump into the book!
You may want to use this cute flip book for your students to collect information in as you go through the book together.  Kids just love flip books - I find that students are much more engaged than with just a flat graphic organizer.

This book has historical background on the life of St. Patrick 
as well as legends surrounding his name.
Your students will recognize some of the customs and they will learn how different countries have adopted different customs.

Leprechauns are such enchanting little imaginary creatures!
Tell the students that they will be writing a plan to catch one, so they will need to learn as much as they can about them.  Where might they live?  What might they like?

Legend has it - if you catch a leprechaun - he will lead you to a pot of gold!
So let's catch a leprechaun!
Now your students are ready to make a plan to catch one of these little rascals!
Once the rough draft is finished, edited, and revised they are ready for the publishing step!
They have two choices to choose from.

How to Catch a Leprechaun FREEBIE  Informational writing, St. Patrick's Day, First Grade, Second Grade
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How to Catch a Leprechaun


This pack has everything you need to lead your little writers through the writing process in this fun genre! These little imaginary creatures provide a highly motivating reason for your students write.

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