Flip-Side Rhymes

March 17, 2015

These books are great for comparing and contrasting!

Flip-Side Rhymes include:

  • Little Bo Peep
  • Jack and Jill
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Humpty Dumpty

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Each book has two tales.  One is the traditional nursery rhyme as we all know and have memorized.  The flip-side (you actually physically flip over the book) tells the tale from a different perspective.  For example, in Little Bo Peep, the one side is the well-known nursery rhyme.  The other side tells how the sheep were sneaky, but then got sheared by the farmer because they got into the wrong hands.

These books are quick read alouds and would be great for primary grades studying nursery rhymes, especially while highlighting the reading comprehension strategy of compare/contrast!


Triangles

March 17, 2015

Triangles

by David Adler

triangles

White the title may seem like this book would be geared toward primary students learning their shapes, this triangles book is chock full of geometry vocabulary related to triangles.  The book begins with the basic definition of a triangle, describing the sides, angles, and vertices.  The concepts progressively get more difficult as the author names angles, introduces acute, right, and obtuse angles, and defines isosceles, equilateral, and scalene triangles.

This book would be a great introduction to a geometry unit about triangles.  It is also an excellent reference tool for students who need visual reminders about the different vocabulary words.


Homophones

March 17, 2015

We have three new books in our library that do a great job of teaching about homophones!

homophones

The titles are:

  • They Won One!
  • Rows of Roses
  • A Pair of Pairs

Each book starts off with the same definition that homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.  The remaining pages demonstrate a variety of pairs of homophones, defining each word, and using each word properly in a sentence.

These books are simple to read and full of vibrant photographs.  They really do drive home the ideas of homophones!

Use as a set!


Just Itzy

March 17, 2015

itzy

Itzy Bitzy wants to be called just Itzy now that he is headed to spindergarten.  But, changing a nick name isn’t as easy as he thought it would be.

The main focus of this picture book is how Itzy sets a goal to spin a web and catch a fly so he doesn’t have to bring his lunch to school.  After lessons from his teacher, Mr. Webster, Itzy sets out to spin his web to catch his lunch.  His first attempts are not successful, and he wants to quit after each attempt, but Mr. Webster keeps reminding Itzy to “Keep your eye on the fly” and to not give up.

Use this book with primary students who need help setting goals.  Transfer the story of Itzy setting his spider goals to students thinking about goals they want to set in school for the year.  This book is a great tie in to the First 6 Weeks of School and Responsive Classroom!

There are subtle references to Little Miss Muffet, the Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, and other nursery rhymes spattered throughout the book. A great comedic read!