November 21, 2016
by Michael Escoffier
Remember reading Take Away the A?
Well, the author of Take Away the A has a new book in his series: Where’s the BaBOOn? It encourages students to put together the red letters to solve the riddle on each page. For example, the riddle reads “Who brought an apple?” The illustration shows the arm of an ape giving the teacher the apple. Students put together the letters a – p – e and the clue from the illustration to know it is the APE that gives the apple. Each page is one riddle after another.
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.
May 23, 2013
by Kelly Starling Lyons
Great book for visualization! The smell of the tea cakes and Grandma Honey’s descriptive words take Tosh way-back-when when their people were enslaved. Grandma Honey describes how she makes the tea cakes throughhout the beginning of the story. Then Grandma Honey begins to be forgetful. First its finding the car in the parking lot, then it’s her sister’s phone number, but finally it’s the recipe for tea cakes. Tosh learns to make Tea Cakes from his mom and the next day Tosh visits Grandma Honey, the roles are reversed, and HE is the one who tells the story of their enslaved people and of the great-great-great-great-grandma making tea cakes.
Comprehension Strategies: Visualization, Inferring, Determining Importance, Schema
Topics: Grandparents, Getting Old, Slavery, Baking
Recipe for Grandma Honey’s Tea Cakes included in the end of the book!
October 11, 2012
For You Are a Kenyan Child
by Kelly Cunnane
A young Kenyan boy is told to go watch grandpa’s cows, but he gets distracted by all of the things to do in a Kenyan village, forgetting completely about his chore.
Comprehension Strategies: Building Schema, Inferring
Lesson Ideas: Compare and contrast life from your town and life in Kenya