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 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?).
October 9, 2012
Shoes for Me!
by Sue Fliess
Picture book, hardcover
A little hippo grows out of her shoes and gets permission from her mom to go looking for a new pair. She finds all different types of shoes and can’t decide which one she wants to keep.
This book would be a great read when talking about good fit books, particularly when discussing the interest and purpose portions of the IPICK system.
Teaching Points: IPICK books, Good Fit Books, Rhyming, Rhythm