Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mentor Text Highlight: When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Patricia Polocco

          Third grade teachers and I recently used a Patricia Polacco text called When Lightning Comes in a Jar.  We charted information during our interactive read aloud about what traditions are, neat comparisons, and how Patricia "made the ordinary extraordinary." Here is a chart that Katie Schultz recorded with her children during our collaborative lesson.
     I have this mentor text and a large collection of many other Patricia Polacco books in my room. Please come by and I'll let you go through the Polacco collection and you can borrow what you like and ask for more teachable moments with her texts. 

 Here's a few additional sites to find inspiration with Patricia Polacco's books:
Reading Rockets - Patricia Polacco Video Interview

Patricia Polacco Author Study Ideas from The Reading Lady

Patricia Polacco's Official Author Website

Preview the new Patricia Polacco Video About Her Life as an Author


  1. 1 - This was SUCH a fun book to read, share, and discuss!
    2 - I recognize that handwriting! I'm feeling a little famous :)

  2. Team 3's charting and discussion about this text was on target! I'm so proud of the writing communities I'm lucky to be a part of in third grade! :)