Must-Read Mentor Texts: Claude Monet

Good morning, bloggy friends!
I am typing this to you from the airport where I am zooming off for a quick, exciting, potentially-life-changing getaway. I'll post more about it when details have been finalized... :)
Little Girl Flying a Plane
This morning I'm passing the time in the terminal by joining
Collaboration Cuties for their Must-Read Mentor Text linky!

This week's theme is Social Studies

I want to share a really great biography book:

I got this book from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.

I LOVE this museum - it's overwhelmingly wonderful :)
When I was in high school I had to see a specialist for my arthritis once a month. After the appointment, my mom would take me to the museum and we would wander around, taking tours, absorbing information, and enjoying the artwork. It beat going back to school any day :)

Monet is my favorite impressionist artist
and I was so excited to find an accessible,
kid-friendly biography about him to share with my students.

Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies is written from the perspective of a young boy who visited an art museum and wanted to learn more about Claude Monet.
The book is sprinkled with little cartoon doodles and comments from the "student":

My students LOVED learning about this unconventional artist.
And it was written in such a way that they could relate to both the (child-like) author and Monet.

I used this book to launch my biography unit
which you can grab at my TpT store:
Speaking of TpT, yesterday I sold my 1000th product! 
To celebrate, I'm having a
on the 1,000th item that was purchased...
My States of Matter Task Cards will be FREE for one week :)

Click the pictures above to snag a
FREE copy of this great activity packet.

If you download it, please leave me some feedback :)

Have a wonderful Sunday, friends!


  1. Congratulations on your 1000th sale!
    Have a safe journey!
    Thanks for the freebie!


  2. Congratulations on your 1,000th-way to go girl! Can't wait to hear about your journey! Keep us posted!
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

  3. Congratulations on your 1,000th! Have a safe trip, looking forward to hearing about your adventure! Thanks for the freebies.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  4. Way to keep us all in suspense! Have a wonderful time; I cannot wait to hear the details. (Personally hoping for somewhere in the midwest, haha!)

    Congratulations on the TPT milestone too! Quite the accomplishment girly!

    Teaching Tales Along the Yellow Brick Road

  5. What a cute book and definitely great for a biography intro! :) Great post. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners

  6. LOVE the States of Matter task cards!

    Also, I can't wait to hear about your grand adventures! When will you be home?

    I miss you friend!

    Compassionate Teacher

  7. Congratulations on 1000 items sold! Wohooo!

    And if you are in the ATL you better be emailing me so I can come see you!

    Monet is my very favorite artist. Very favorite. Love him. I will have to be getting this book, if it's still in print...What a great biography to share with students!

    Have fun! Have a safe trip!
    Collaboration Cuties

  8. Congrats on 1,000 Jessica! I'm excited to hear how your job search turns out.
    I Want to be a Super Teacher

  9. Jessica,
    Great Monet Book. I was just at the art institue in Chicago and saw a lot of his work. Great choice.

    Digital: Divide & Conquer


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