If You Give a Mom a Cookie

A couple of years ago, I happened to start a unit on circle stories with my students right around Mother's Day. We read all of the "If You Give a..." books by Laura Numeroff (you may remember reading If You Give a Mouse a Cookie as a child, if you're part of my generation) and worked on our narrative writing. If you teach primary school, you know how challenging it can be for students to understand the concepts behind complete narratives. Having quality mentor texts to follow is essential.

Given the timing of the unit, the idea of writing silly circle stories about our mamas for Mother's Day seemed only appropriate, and a new classroom tradition was born. I put together a packet with the same material I use in my own classroom and posted it in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, thinking others might enjoy it, too. The real bonus is that in addition to practicing narrative writing and reading comprehension skills, we come out with a low-prep, darling Mother's Day gift for the students' families. YES! Don't you love it when that happens?

No two families are alike, so in creating this packet I've included additional pages to celebrate grandmas, aunts, and dads. No matter who your kids write about, following the story structure of Laura Numeroff's books is a GREAT support for your young writers that will help them create some wonderful (and hilarious) writing. You can find the packet here, if you'd like to check it out.

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