My 5th grade students read “Thunder Rose,” and the boys seemed to really enjoy this tall tale! They really enjoyed creating a cowgirl representation of the main character, Thunder Rose.

I provided a hat, boot, face and person pattern and they traced a copy of each, onto various colors of construction paper.  By adding art into my reading class, they were more than willing to write about the story.

I provided a template of sentence starters, on the Smartboard first, and then as a print out. Next, they added their own thoughts to complete the sentences. Finally, students wrote a paragraph using their sentence starter sheet. They were very proud of their hard work and I was too!