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
December 9, 2015
Fire Engine No. 9
by Mike Austin
Looking for a book where the illustrations tell most of the story? Fire Engine No. 9 is an emergent-level book with few words and vivid, descriptive illustrations. The story, told through the illustrations, tells the step-by-step process of firefighters fighting a fire. Riddled with onomatopoeias, students hear the sounds and commands of firefighters.
This book is great for sequencing and for showing how illustrations really help enhance the story. A perfect read for fire prevention week in October.
December 9, 2015
Teaching onomatopoeia? Tired of the same-old lessons? Looking for a great introductory text? Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia is the book for you!
Using the high-interest topic of football with real photographs from Sports Illustrated for Kids, author Mark Weakland teaches about onomatopoeia in the context of a football game. Each onomatopoeia is highlighted in a stand-out font for students to easily identify. The last page even offers a “quiz” of sorts asking readers to find the onomatopoeias in the paragraph. Answers are provided right below the paragraph.