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Story Time: Uncle Rocky – Fast Action

Story Time: Uncle Rocky - Fast Action includes airplane activities, crafts, and free printables to go with the picture book by James Burd Brewster

My friends, James Burd Brewster has done it again.  Uncle Rocky – Fast Action is a fun and interesting story that not only educates your littles about different aircraft (and what little isn’t fascinated by planes?), it also explains the Heimlich Maneuver and even includes detailed instructions for performing the maneuver at the end.

I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend the Glad to Do It! series by Mr. Brewster enough.  With each book, the author teaches practical facts while telling an interesting story about an everyday hero.  In this one, Rocky’s nephews are once more featured as stars of the show.  They even get to say the catch phrase, “Glad to do it!” at the end.

It doesn’t get any better than that.
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12 Incredible Books for Autumn

These incredible books will get your kids in the mood for fall and help them the celebrate the season

Even though it’s been in the 90s lately in southern Indiana, I’m longing  for a slight chill in the air, a mug of apple cider, and the short, golden days of autumn.  For me, no other season compares with autumn.  I love the cinnamon scent of fallen leaves, the bright colors that cover our hills, the scarecrows and Indian corn and pumpkins.  I love the first day I get to cozy up in a soft sweater.  I love hearing the leaves crunch under my boots when we take fall hikes in our woods.  Autumn also means deer season and all the work and joy that comes with it.  My favorite holiday, Halloween, comes in autumn.  So when I say I have books to recommend to go with an autumn study, I mean there are A Lot of books I could recommend.  I will try to behave.
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Teaching Plot Structure: 5 Types of Plot

Lesson on Types of Plot is part of a 3-part series on teaching plot structure to kids. Includes a free printable

In the last couple weeks, we’ve covered the 3 types of story and the elements of plot. To wrap up my series on teaching plot, let’s talk about the different types of plot that occur in stories.  If you research types of plot at all, it won’t take but a minute to see that the experts disagree on just how many they are.  3, 5, 7?  36?

I think  most of the 36 could be boiled down to one of 5-7 plot types, but it’s fun to look at plot with a more detailed mindset.  I’ve heard it said that nothing original has been written since Shakespeare (and since so many of our current books and movies are based either on his plays or on fairy tales, I’m not saying that’s wrong).

But everyone has a different voice and a different idea of how the plot type will unfold.  So even though it seems like there are a million plot lines out there, let’s take a look at how closely our favorite books fit into just a few different types of plot.
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The Witch of Blackbird Pond Activities for Learning

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Activities for Learning has over 125 ideas for getting deeper into the novel by Elizabeth Geroge Speare and includes a free printable

Since it’s mid-September and I saw orange leaves today while I was out, what could be more fitting than a witchy story?

Halloween is coming, my friends, and the Lit Mama is all in.

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is a beautiful story about friendship and staying true to oneself set in 1687 Connecticut.  When 16-year-old Kit is orphaned, she has to travel to America to live with relatives she’s never met.  Suspicious and unfriendly, the Puritan community in which she finds herself soon begin to whisper ‘witch.’  And when Kit finds a friend in Hannah Tupper, a widow known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, things become downright dangerous.

There are so many lessons to learn from this book.  And it’s incredibly absorbing.   Plus, autumn.  Did I say that already?

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