Saturday, March 12, 2016

Books and Brackets Blog Hop

Hiya! It's that time of year! The crazy month of brackets and basketballs! To celebrate some other bloggers and I are celebrating with a Books and Brackets blog hop!

The last school that I was at had a school wide Math March Madness where each class had a champion that participated in the grade level Final Four! It was so much fun and a great way to build math fluency!

March is full of other things too! Dr. Seuss day, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Daylight Savings, and sometimes Easter! My favorite to celebrate at school is St. Patrick's Day!

I love all of the possibilities with Ireland, leprechauns, rainbows and more! When I taught Kindergarten the leprechauns would come and be naughty and mess up our room. We would write the leprechauns letters teaching them how to make good choices and he would end up leaving us gold coins and MAGIC milk to make Leprechaun pudding! (Pistachio - turns green when you add the milk!)
One of my favorite books to read St. Patrick's week is Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato.

Kids love that Jamie gets away with being lazy because he is so clever. So we talk about how being clever is actually pretty hard work and maybe Jamie isn't so lazy after all!
 We also used it as a springboard for many other activities including a writing prompt on how to catch a leprechaun!
The students even in 4th grade LOVE it!

I have an entire Common Core Aligned Reader Response Unit in my store! You can check it out by clicking the picture below or clicking HERE!

For hopping today you can download a FREE sample of the unit HERE.

Below are just some of the activities included in the unit.

It also includes vocabulary words as show above!

To get the book click HERE - affiliate link to Amazon


  1. I love this book, Jamie is so cleaver in this book and my kids think it is great! I love when we get a visit from the leprechaun on St. Patricks day and our room has little green footprints everywhere! Thanks for participating in the hop!

    Neat Sweet & Hard to Beat

  2. Jamie O'Rourke is a great book. So fun!

  3. Torn paper rainbows Michelle Miller

  4. What a fabulous book and freebie! Thanks so much for sharing. Where in MO do you live? I grew up in Columbia and lived there for almost 10 years.
    Our Elementary Lives

    1. Northwest Missouri about an hour north of Kansas City.

  5. This looks GREAT!! Thank you so much for sharing! :)

    Sliding into First!

  6. This is one of my favorite March books too! We read it last week and my kiddos loved it. Thanks for the great freebie!

    Luv My Kinders

  7. We just listened to this book on youtube! My fave activity would be to make shrinking leprechaun hats!! Too much fun :)

    1. I love finding books on youtube, tumble books, just read books aloud and story line online! The kids love watching them!

  8. I like to hide a pot of chocolate gold for my class to find.

  9. Loved when I taught kindergarten and we had the kiddos make leprechaun traps at home and bring them fun! :)

  10. I like when the kids make leprechaun traps. We also have leprechauns visit, mess up the room, and leave gold. :) Thanks for introducing me to a new book!

  11. My favorite thing to do is have the students write about "how to catch a leprechaun" or "what I'd do with a pot of gold". Thanks for a great giveaway opportunity!

  12. I love Tomie dePaola books. I have this one. I'm excited to use your wonderful activities with it. Thanks so much!
    First Grade Schoolhouse

  13. I scatter the furniture and leave some glitter behind while the kids are at lunch! They always get so excited that "the tricky leprechaun" visited! Thanks for the giveaway :)