The Noisy Paint Box

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

  • Onomatopoeia
  • Synonyms

See other lesson ideas here from the publisher.

  • Using Senses
  • Writing Descriptively
  • Phonemic Awareness — listen for the /b/ and /p/ sounds
  • Syllables

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Fire Engine No. 9

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.


Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia

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!

Whoosh, Crunch, Roar: Football Onomatopoeia

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.