What is Your Dog Doing?

November 9, 2011

In What is Your Dog Doing?, this simplistic text invites a young reader to think beyond the normal dog day of eating, sleeping, and barking. Instead, the scenes Kathleen Habbley illustrates portray so much more. “Dog scheming” is one of my favorite pages.

At the end, Marilyn Singer poses the question, “What is your dog doing?” She invites children to share their thoughts regarding their dog.

If you have a classroom pet, this text could be a springboard for descriptive writing All-about-books.

Savorings for reading and in writing for What is Your Dog Doing?:

  • Two word sentences
  • Compare Verb Tenses – present participle to past tense
  • Rhyming
  • Invitational Ending
  • All About Book

Warsaw Community Public Library new book – a must have book for me to use with kinder and first grade especially!



My Farm Friends

September 5, 2011

On the book jacket, Wendell Minor shares a photo of himself as a youngster sitting near chickens. As I share the book with children, I would show this picture and allow them to wonder about where the author is and how it relates to the book. This little feature connects the story with the seed idea the author used.

My Farm Friends begins with an introduction to the farm, enticing you to explore the farm. This test would support students who live in an agricultural setting,  sparking ideas to write about. For those students living in an urban setting, the pictures will bring the farm to them.

Nine animals are featured. The text has a repeated structure, describing characteristics of the animals, rhyming lines (ABCB pattern). A fun fact is added in. For example, did yo know that turkeys purr when content?

For a sneak peak at the book, view the YouTube video:

At the end, each animal is featured in a two page fun fact spread. It’s a great example for a nonfiction unit of study. Six internet sources are included for further research. A favorite is http://www.kiddyhouse.com/farm.

Savorings for reading and in writing for My Farm Friends:

  • Magic of 3 – in the introduction
  • Repeated Structure
  • Adjectives – great for young children to learn and understand
  • Character descriptions
  • Everyday Happenings – on the farm

Warsaw Community Public Library – new book

Hello, Hello!

March 2, 2010

Hello, Hello!As I was looking around in a first grade classroom today, my eye spotted the book, Hello, Hello! by Miriam Schlein.  The gentle faces of the lions intrigued me.  I love finding new books and this one is a keeper.  Children love animals and have so many questions about them.  Miriam Schlein shared information about the animals through a question and answer text structure.  It’s a great mentor text to show your students who are interested in nonfiction.  Miriam narrows her focus from an all-about nonfiction book, that many of our children like to write, to just about their greetings.  Fascinating!

Daniel Kirk’s illustrations are delightful.  He uses a two page spread to capture the animal characters.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Hello, Hello!:

  • Voice
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Question/Answer text structure
  • Comparison
  • Ellipses
  • Possessive nouns