This month I chose The Candy Corn Contest by Patricia Reilly-Giff. It’s a little different from the “normal” books I choose for my friends, and I only say this because it’s a chapter book, but it’s a book that I’m really excited about sharing with my students AND with YOU!
The Candy Corn Contest is about a boy, Richard, who can’t stop thinking about his teacher’s Candy Corn Contest. For every guess he makes, he has to read a page in a book. GASP! 😉 Matthew, another student in his class, and Richard think that they will never win the contest, but Richard is determined. So much so that he ends up eating 3 candy corns. What will his teacher do when she finds out?
I am going to start reading this chapter book with my students the week of Halloween. In the story, the time is right around Thanksgiving, but since kids are all hopped up on the idea of candy, I want to start it then. The book has 11 chapters (76 pages) and I would *ideally* like to finish this book in two weeks.
Each chapter has one picture (usually at the beginning, but not always). I have already copied the pictures and enlarged them (size 140% of original) — (1) so my students can color the pages, but (2) also so they can predict what they think will happen in the chapter. I am going to copy primary lined paper onto the back so we can create mini-books of colored pictures and chapter summaries.
Since this story focuses on making a correct guess at how many candy corns are in the teacher’s jar, I am going to fill up a jar in my classroom with candy corns. We will use this jar to make estimates, which will lead in to a math lesson about estimation. We can then use the candy corn as counters / manipulatives… BONUS –> we can then eat them as a small snack!
Candy corn crafts! These crafts will be great for my class since they will allow students to work on fine and gross motor skills too 🙂
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