Title: How I Spent My Summer Vacation
Author: Mark Teague
Illustrator: Mark Teague
Publication Date: 1995
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
Summary: Wallace Bleff stands up in front of the class to tell them about what he did on his summer vacation. He tells of his crazy adventures with cowboys!
What I Think: It makes me laugh when I see or hear about the predictable "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" essay. I like how Teague puts a twist on it by spinning this fun tale of an adventure with cowboys. I love stories about cowboys and this one would be great for building background knowledge and vocabulary about cowboys. This story would be a great way to wrangle in the new school year or for a Wild West unit. One thing I really love about this book is that it comes with activities that tie in the book on the inside covers. There are ideas for expanding imagination, a science experiment, a musical instrument, and even a yummy snack!
Read Together: K - 3
Read Alone: 2 - 4
Read With: Don't Touch My Hat by James Rumford and other cowboy books
Snatch of Text: "The Cattle Boss growled, as he told me to sit,
'We need a new cowboy. Our old cowboy quit.
We could sure use your help. So what do you say?'
I thought for a minute, then I told him, 'Okay.'"
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connection, Developing Vocabulary, Making Predictions
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative
Writing Prompts: Write about an adventure you wish you would have went on during your summer vacation!
Topics Covered: Cowboys, Adventure, Imagination, Vacation
Translated to Spanish: No