A Pig, a Fox, and a Box

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?).



Rabbit’s Snow Dance

May 23, 2013

398.2 BRU

by James and Joseph Bruchac

Background on the story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9U6mjoryGE

It’s summertime and rabbit really wants snow so that he can stand on the snow and reach the tops of the budding trees, for that is what tastes the most delicious.  Without thinking about others feelings and needs, rabbit begins to sing the snow song and do the accompanying dance.  Before you know it, it begins to snow, inconveniencing the other animals around.  Rabbit eventually gets what he wants, and then rests in the tree branch next to his delicious meal.  In the morning the summer sun comes back out and melts all the snow, giving rabbit a great surprise when he wakes up high above the ground.  As rabbit is rubbing the sleep from his eye, he takes a step (not knowing he’s so high up) and falls down, down, down.  As he falls bits of his tail fall off until it is left as the rabbit tale as we know now.  This story is the Algonquian explanation for pussy willows on willow trees or the similar looking ends of a cottonwood tree in the springtime.

I am still looking for a video/audio clip putting the song to a tune.  Until then, use your creativity to have students repeat the snow dance song with you!

The Magically Mysterious Adventures of Noelle the Bulldog

November 29, 2012

by Gloria Estefan
illustrated by Michael Garland

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Noelle the Bulldog can’t figure out her special talent.  She can’t run fast like other dogs, swim like fish, glow like fireflies, or have shimmery colors like the birds.  Then one day, the dogs can’t get their ball from underneath a car.  Noelle saves the day.  A fish jumps out of the pond, Noelle is able to pick him up and put him back in the pond.  The birds needed seed, and Noelle knew just where to go in the house.  Noelle’s special talent was found on the inside!

From the publisher: It captures all the worry of an outsider trying to fit in and all the joy of discovering that everyone has a talent that matters, and that true beauty comes from inside

Reading Comprehension: Metacognition, Schema, Connections, Questioning,

Other lesson ideas: Tolerance and acceptance, Everyone’s unique, rhyming and rhythm

Writing: Personal narrative about one of your special talents in action, sentence fluency (due to the rhyming and rhythm the sentence beginnings vary a lot)

Shoes for Me!

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