Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
- labeling pictures
- list making
- plus/deltas (a way to evaluate the positives and negatives of a situation)
- numbered steps
- diagraming and plans (he has quiet the exotic exit plan in the event of an emergency!)
A fabulous critical challenge is to discuss being prepared in the event of an emergency. Scaredy has his emergency kit prepared with some very unique items. You can have students brainstorm what they would want in their kit - start with listing 5-7 items. Then have the students determine one thing they could give up and the 2 most important items to ensure they have. It is important to also have them set up important criteria - they have to be able to get the emergency kit quickly so weight and size are important factors. It is amazing to hear the discussions students have as a result of this critical challenge. Here is a resource from the publisher to get you started.
In the end, the kit is lost in of all things...a patch of poison ivy...a great opportunity for students to create a new story where Scaredy goes on a recon mission to get the kit back. Students can use the same techniques that Watt uses including lists, plans, steps and labels to stay true to the initial story line.
The vocabulary, humor and captivating story line make this book a fabulous book that will fly off the shelves into the hands of readers.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
This story is a great way to get kids thinking about predictions.
After discovering the problem, I have my kids predict what could get him out of the tub. They create a patterning book - ex. Try having a party. That will get him out. I join them together to make a class book for the class to read.
I also like to revisit this book as we discuss story elements of fiction. It helps students provide clear examples of the events that ultimately lead to the solution.
As a Math connection I also like to read this story when we talk about time of day. It helps reinforce time as part of the setting and encourages readers to analyze pictures clues to determine time of day (like how the pictures have a blue hue as the sun sets.)
Just like other books written by Audrey Wood this quickly becomes a classroom favorite!
Monday, April 19, 2010
Several ideas come to mind for this book:
First is the discussion of importance. Rather than reading the text, students can generate a list of important things to know about the objects in the book. Start by providing an example from the text and encourage students to evaluate what is the most important (the most important thing about the rain is...). Solicit there ideas rather than using just those in the book. Encourage students to share why that is important. With interactive whiteboard technology - students can vote on what they believe is the most important.
Second is using the message of the story to write a patterned book. Students can write sentences or generate a list of important things about themselves. I use this as a descriptive writing lesson to get students writing about something they are very familiar - themselves! The writing mimics the pattern in the text and ultimately evaluates the important thing about each child. It's a great way to build your students knowledge and understanding of their classmates.
Third is the use of color in the text - just like her more well known Goodnight Moon, students can analyze the use of black and white to contrast color. Discuss why the selected pictures would be in black and white.
So it's time to break the bindings, open the covers, and discover the wealth of possibilities. Inside each book are opportunities to teach and develop readers. This blog is more a forum; a place for teachers to read and post ideas for those often unused books, that house so much undiscovered potential. Each post will include summaries, classroom uses and *hopefully* internet resources for teachers. I look forward to the many things I will discover and the stories that will have lasting impressions on my students.