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!
April 28, 2016
by Bill Thomson
Wordless picture book author/illustrator Bill Thompson (author of Chalk and Fossil) is at it again. This time the kids in the story come across an old typewriter. When they put paper in it and write, the words come to life.
Add this to your must-use wordless picture books!
This book is also great to teach:
- Cause and Effect
- Beginning, Middle, and End
- Description through illustrations
- Sequencing (using illustrations only)
April 6, 2016
Mama Built a Little Nest
by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins
Book Blurb from catalog: Illustrations and simple, rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds’ nests, from the scrapes falcons build on high, craggy ledges to the underground nests burrowing owls dig. Includes brief facts about each kind of bird.
Wondering how to change a research report into a poetry unit? Try using this book as your guide! Have students do their typical animal research, writing a wonderful descriptive paragraph. Then challenge your students to use the information that they learned to write a rhyming couplet or ABAB poem. This project might be a good one for your early-finishers or those that love creative writing.
Or use this book in a more traditional sense to compare and contrast the nests created by different animals. This book would be a great mentor text for young students just learning how to use a Venn Diagram.
March 16, 2016
My Teacher is a Monster
written and illustrated by Peter Brown
Book blurb from the catalog: Bobby is convinced that his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is a monster, until he runs into her at the park one day and realizes she has another side to her as well.
Lesson ideas directly from PeterBrownStudios.com
Add this book to your Peter Brown Author/Illustrator study. Add Peter Brown to your author/illustrator studies that you do if he isn’t already one of your featured authors/illustrators!
Lesson Germs from Judy Freeman:
- What would you like your teacher to know about you so he/she understands you better
- Make your own paper airplanes, test the aerodynamics (incorporate into a science unit)
- End of Year project: Write My Favorite Teacher was _______________ because _____________. Fold the note into a paper airplane. Have students throw their paper airplanes at their favorite teachers. Make sure the outside of the airplane clearly states to OPEN BEFORE THROWING AWAY. Teachers will then be filled with joy from the note as opposed to being angry from having a paper airplane thrown at them.
March 3, 2016
A Pig, A Fox, and A Box
by Jonathan Fenske
Award: Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor 2016
Book Blurb from the catalog: After finding a box just the right size to hide in, a little fox tries to play some tricks on his big friend, Pig, but things do not work out exactly as he planned.
This would be a wonderful book to compare/contrast with the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf! Add a compare/contrast with the characters in Clever Beatrice for further compare/contrast discussion!
Other comparing/contrasting of the pig characters from this book and the Elephant and Piggie series would really get readers thinking!
The book is very open ended and allows for further lessons on making predictions (Will fox play tricks on pig tomorrow?).