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 16, 2016
by Greg Ruth
In this nearly wordless picture book, the boy waits and watched until finally being reunited with his mother, who is coming home from her deployment.
Add this book to your list of wordless picture books.
Need ideas on what to do with wordless picture books? Read this from Scholastic.
I will definitely be using this book to introduce the concept of Veteran’s Day next year! It is a great discussion starter for young students to talk about military personnel and the emotions that go along with a deployment.
March 3, 2016
The Goodbye Book
by Todd Parr
Todd Parr doesn’t disappoint in his latest book! He takes the difficult topic of death and grief and makes it accessible to young children.
Great read-along with a child who has just experienced the death of someone special.
December 9, 2015
Fish in a Tree
by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Book Blurb: Ally has dyslexia, and can no more read like everyone else than a fish can climb a tree. Tired of being called slow and a loser, Ally finds that in her latest new school her teacher understands her limitations and actually sees in her a creative, intelligent side. New friends with their own learning disabilities help Ally see that she can achieve success and find happiness.
Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s website that has TONS of resources for extension. Fish in a Tree was chosen as the 2015 Global Read Aloud (a chapter book that is chosen to be read by as many people around the world as possible). To facilitate the Global Read Aloud, Lynda Mullaly Hunt has YouTube videos of her reading aloud select chapters and answering readers’ questions.
Other Resources you may find helpful:
Teacher’s Guide to help with lesson plans and activities–
Ally’s Sketchbook of Impossible Things