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
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)
December 10, 2015
by Katherine Roy
Book Blurb: Presents information on the great white sharks who live in the waters around the Farallon Islands near San Francisco, including information about their physical characteristics, behaviors, hunting activities, and habitat.
Here are some great resources on how to incorporate Neighborhood Sharks as a mentor text for your nonfiction writing unit: https://sixtraitgurus.wordpress.com/tag/neighborhood-sharks/
This activity addresses Common Core Standards RI.2.3, RI.2.6 / RI.3.8 / RI.4.3
Farallon Island Food Chain Graphic Organizer: http://www.lessonbungalow.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Farallon-Island-Food-Chain.pdf
This activity addresses Common Core Standards: RL.2.3, RI.2.1, RI.2.7, RL.3.4, RI.3.1, RI.3.7
From the same website, here’s an idea to use this nonfiction book as a starting point to write similes.