Finding Winnie

March 14, 2016

by Lindsey Mattick
Winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal

Finding Winnie is the true story of how Winnie the Pooh came to be.

Book Blurb from the catalog: A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers’ horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.

This story would be great to:

  • Teach suspenseful endings (Cole is not happy with how his mother leaves the story of Winnie.  Cole’s mother then starts another story to further explain Winnie in a different way.)
  • Family Trees
  • Sequencing
  • Beginning, Middle, End (though there are two stories in this one book, so be careful)
  • Dialogue
  • Caldecott (excellent illustrations)

 


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)


Those Shoes

October 9, 2012

Those Shoes
by Maribeth Boelts

Publisher Notes: Jeremy, who longs to have the black high tops that everyone at school seems to have but his grandmother cannot afford, is excited when he sees them for sale in a thrift shop and decides to buy them even though they are the wrong size.

Comprehension Strategies: Connections, Schema, Asking Questions, Inferring, Predicting, Determining Importance, Synthesizing

Lesson Ideas: Poverty, Acceptance, Peer Pressure, Friendship, Empathy

Writing Traits: Conventions (punctuating dialogue), Personal Narrative


A Book

October 9, 2012

A Book
by Mordicai Gerstein

Format: picture book, hardcover

The young girl in this story doesn’t know what her story should be about.  She talks to her family to find out what their stories are about and she learns about all of the different genres.  She visits various genres (fairy tales, science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction, etc.) and doesn’t feel like these genres are a good fit for her.  Ultimately she decides that she is going to write her own story and be an author.

Teaching points: Writer’s Workshop, Genres

Writing: Personal Narrative, Starting up Writer’s Workshop, Generating Ideas,

Comprehension Strategies: Connections