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Wed, Jun 22


Online via Zoom

PB&J: Stick and Stone: Best Friends Forever

Join me as we unpack Stick and Stone to look for all the reading, writing, and language standards hidden within this picture book. Learn how to use your favorite picture book for literacy skill instruction.

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PB&J: Stick and Stone: Best Friends Forever
PB&J: Stick and Stone: Best Friends Forever

Time & Location

Jun 22, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Online via Zoom


About The Event

The purpose of this PD is to unpack all the possible teaching points contained within one title. This book was chosen because it's loaded with ELA skills from the reading, writing, language, phonics, phonemic awareness and fluency standards AND selecting an ideal mentor sentence from the text for a grammar & conventions study.

In the two hours, we will walk through the book, page by page, discussing literacy elements, conventions used by the author and illustrator, vocabulary words & phrases, sentence structure, figurative language, plot, punctuation and more. We will identify the spots in the book that would be ideal stopping spots to demonstrate reading strategies & language skills that readers and writers do or use.  We will also identify an ideal mentor sentence including parts of speech, phonics patterns and phonological awareness skills from words and phrases in the book. 

As teachers, we all love picture books, and if you were a teacher at Jen Jones Elementary, you'd be reading to your students 5-6 read-alouds a day as there are miles of positive benefits to reading aloud to children including developing their language comprehension until their own decoding catches up.  But some books are not only ideal for read-alouds where the focus is the STORY, but some books we use as read-alouds are ALSO ideal to take one step further, and be used as a mentor text. A mentor text is called such because it's an authentic text where readers can infer, predict, summarize, etc. or where writers can "try on" the writing techniques used in the book by the author or illustrator. This PD will demonstrate writing through best practice for sentence instruction utilizing Mentor Sentences. 

This PD is aligned to the Science of Reading.

The protocol that we will follow to find the teaching points is scalable in that you will be able to do this on your own with any book after the PD, or teach other teachers how to unpack a picture book.

The book for this PD is not included in the price of this PD. You must secure a copy of the book prior to attending the event AND read it at least once.

Purchase the book here. Purchase all the books for this series here.

Included in your ticket price:

-2-hour live event with Jen and everyone in the PB&J community

-Access to a recording of the live event

-Unpacking of the teaching points to use the book as a mentor text

-Page-Level Listening Comprehension Questions for Read-Alouds

-One Mentor Sentence + 5 day Mentor Sentence Lesson Plan

-Phonological Awareness Activities

-One 2-hour PD Certificate

The Zoom code will be emailed to attendees in their registration confirmation email.  The link to the recording and your PD certificate will be emailed to you after the event via Coassemble. Thank you for maintaining professional integrity by watching alone if you purchase a single user ticket.  If for some reason, you miss or cannot attend the live event, you will have access to the recording after the live event has ended.

If you are registering multiple people, please email their names and email addresses to

Please pay via PayPal or credit card for single users or groups less than 20. If you are registering a group larger than 20 people and need to pay via purchase order, please email If your ticket is not paid for by the night before the event, the Zoom code and password will not be sent to you.

Registering for all the PB&J events in this series is $48, 20% less than if you purchase each event separately.

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