May 10, 2016
by Barb Rosenstock
illustrated by Mary Grandpre
Award Alert: Caldecott Honor 2014
During Dr. Seuss week I used this book on Wacky Wednesday to teach about abstract art, an idea that some think of as “wacky.” Having earned the Caldecott Honor, the illustrations vividly paint a portrait of Kandinsky and his journey to creating abstract art.
Supplement this book with examples of Kandinsky’s abstract art as well as other abstract artists.
Use this book to teach
See other lesson ideas here from the publisher.
- Using Senses
- Writing Descriptively
- Phonemic Awareness — listen for the /b/ and /p/ sounds
May 10, 2016
by Jenna Glatzer
Talk about grit and determination! George Ferris has them both! Mr. Ferris had an idea (the Ferris Wheel), and he did not let any obstacles (and there were many!) get in the way of making his dream come true.
For teachers who want to emphasize the concept of grit and perseverance, read this book!
May 4, 2016
by Kwame Alexander (Newbery Medalist for 2015)
illustrated by Daniel Miyares
Guest post from Mrs. Doss, Literacy in Action teacher leader:
“This book speaks to the heart of reading engagement and the kind of joy a person can experience with text! Two frogs, Bro and Dude, have very different views on books. Dude thinks books are boring and would rather spend his day surfing at the beach, but his best friend Bro is hooked in a book and can’t seem to put it down. Bro is leaning in to a book that has him hooked. All the way through his reading, Bro keeps making small comments, which creates a strong curiosity within Dude.”
Read this book with (we have these at Lowell):
- The Best Place to Read by Debbie Bertram
- The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram
- Victricia Malicia, Book-Loving Buccaneer by Carrie Clickard
- How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills
- A Book by Mordicai Gerstein
- How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson
- Thank You Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco
What other books do you read to teach reading engagement and the joy of reading? Leave them in the comments below!