Saturday, March 12, 2016

Books & Brackets Blog Hop!

It's finally March which can only mean one thing...March Madness. Okay, maybe more than one thing...St. Patricks Day, Easter, and SPRING are also packed into this exciting month! 

I do enjoy spring but a little unknown fact... I love a good game of basketball. I went to George Mason University and was lucky enough to be there while they went to the FINAL 4! I will admit I didn't know much about basketball until GMU was in the finals but after attending my first basketball game in college, I loved it! I loved how fast paced the game was and I love the excitement in the crowd

I have found that in the classroom I could used the excitement of March Madness to engage my students in language arts. I discovered the book Midnight Madness at the Zoo by Sherryn Craig and it is perfect for the month of March! In the book, the crowds start to thin out as the zoo closes for the night. But soon the elephant's trumpet rings through the zoo calling animals from their pens for the nightly game of basketball. Animals, big and small, from all over the zoo come to play but they must finish their game before the zookeeper makes her nightly rounds! This book is a hit with my sports fans because it uses basketball terms throughout the book so our basketball experts can educate us on some new vocabulary! Meet the author and check out how the she got her idea to write this book:

{video clip: Sherryn Craig}

Enter to win a signed hardcover copy of the Sherryn's book here:

I have created a few activities to use in the classroom to go along with this book! I have included a prediction page, students favorite part part page, a summary page, and rhyming word cards with rhyming words from the story. You can download these activities for FREE in my TPT store! I hope you enjoy this color OR black & white FREEBIE!  

To celebrate the arrival of March Madness, St. Patrick's Day, Easter, and SPRING all in the month of March, 14 other primary grade teachers and I have collaborated to bring you 15 book giveaways and a grand prize $75 TPT Gift Card! All of the giveaways will end at midnight on March, 13th so make sure to enter THIS WEEKEND!

Enter the TPT Giftcard Giveaway below:

To find out what other great books to use in your classroom during the month of March make sure to continue the hop below! We have 14 other amazing K-2 grade teachers who are excited to share their favorite books, a FREEBIE, and a BOOK GIVEAWAY!

The Krafty Teacher
The Krafty Teacher
Don't forget to hop back through Monday morning to see if you are the lucky winner of any books or the grand prize TPT gift card!


  1. I had never heard of the book Midnight Madness at the Zoo. It looks really good! It would go really well with our spring field trip to the zoo. The product you made to accompany it is outstanding!

  2. What a fun book! I know my firsties will LOVE it! And I love the freebie. Thanks so much for sharing. And thanks for organizing a great hop! I hope to collaborate more in the future.
    Our Elementary Lives

  3. This book looks REALLY fun!! I have never heard of it before but it looks like I need to check it out...especially to go along with your awesome freebies! Thank you!!

    Sliding into First!

  4. That book looks GREAT! And your freebie is so cute and useful. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into the blog hop!

  5. This book looks fabulous! We go to the zoo the beginning of next month so this will be perfect. Love the freebie! Great writing activities and we always could use more practice with rhyming words. Thanks for sharing!

    Luv My Kinders

  6. I have never heard of this book but it looks so fun! Definitely adding this to my list! And thanks for putting the hop together! So many great ideas :)

  7. I can't wait to get this book. It sounds fantastic! I also have quite a few kids that love basketball in my classroom, so it should be a hit! Thank you for the wonderful activities to complement the book!
    First Grade Schoolhouse

  8. What an awesome book! I have never heard of it and know a lot of people who would love it. Thanks so much for sharing and putting together this awesome hop!
    Mrs B's First Grade

  9. What an awesome book! I hope I can put this to good use. Thanks so much for the blog hop!

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