But it's okay - we're used to it.
We've learned to look at the bright side:
Because rain is a "fact of life" around here, I like to incorporate rain-themed activities into my lesson planning each spring. As I was writing my April lesson plans, I finished my April Fool's Day plans (which you can read about here) and I started thinking about the phrase "April showers bring May flowers" - and that's when I decided to put a little spin on the common adage:April Showers Bring
"April Showers Bring...Reading Hours" is an engaging resource that includes everything you need to assign, complete, and assess a project that can be used with ANY BOOK! (picture book or chapter book) and is the perfect thing to motivate students to read and deepen their comprehension and re-telling skills.
First of all, your students need to pick a book.
Here are some of my favorite spring-related picture books:
A Perfect Day for Digging by Cari BestAnd here are some chapter books I've read recently that would be great for the middle grades:
The project asks your students to create a raindrop booklet that assesses their reading comprehension and understanding of basic story elements. The pages include:
3. Main Characters
4. Retelling: Beginning
5. Retelling: Middle
6. Retelling: End
7. My Favorite Part
10. Something New I Learned
11. My Rating of the Book (1-5 stars) and Why
And to make your life easier, the packet also includes a rubric for the teacher to use when grading the project.
Note: There are two versions of the raindrop booklet included– half-size and full-page.
This would make an excellent bulletin board display! Each year I would display the booklets in the hallway and then, once taken down, I would put them in a special bin in our classroom library - it was a wonderful way for the students to get book recommendations from their classmates.
Visit my TPT store to purchase this print-and-go packet: April Showers Bring Reading Hours Book Project
Or you can pin this idea for later:
Happy April! :)