March 27, 2018
Jessica Olien (@jessicaolien) created a hybrid text in The Blobfish Book. Students are introduced to the creatures of each ocean zone. Facts are shared with real photos of the animal creatures. Blobfish adds his first-person commentary on each page with speech bubbles. The humorous style will hook your kids into learning more about the ocean.
When the text shares that the Blobfish was named the ugliest animal in the universe, Blobfish has a melt down. The other creatures, his friends, rally around him to uplift his spirits.
This book trailer includes an explanation of the different ocean zones.
This kid science video explains why the Blobfish is called the ugliest animal. Also, check out the book Pink is for Blobfish.
Savorings for The Blobfish Book:
- Hybrid text
- Speech bubbles
- Encouraging others
March 22, 2018
Steve Jenkins warns his readers about the dangers of some animals in a kid-friendly fashion in Never Smile at a Monkey. Each page shares one of eighteen different creatures’ harmful characteristics. Written in a repeating structure, NEVER begins the informative paragraph using alliteration in the subsection titles. At the end of the book, more information is shared regarding each creature.
Introduce the book with this book trailer.
Jessica Ivy shares how to use the book with close reading techniques (level O). She shares her reproducible resources on Teachers Pay Teachers for free.
Savorings for Never Smile at a Monkey:
- Commands – Look out!
- Intertwines physic qualities with emotional characteristics – “Sharp hooves, long horns, and an extremely nasty temper”
- Dependent Clauses
- Power of 3
February 13, 2018
by Alisha Vimawala
Growing up, I learned about the nine planets in our solar system. Pluto was the farthest. In 2006, new discoveries changed this notion.
As you read All My Friends Are Planets, you are engaged in a conversations with Pluto. It explains how it changed from being a planet in the solar system to the classification of a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt. It feels alone, describing the other planets in the solar system. It is
I’m not a scientist at heart, but I love the wonderment of space. This lighthearted conversation explains the differences of Pluto for children to understand. It’s a great springboard into further research. The author nudges her readers to investigate more on the subject and lists possible sites to begin in the back of the book. Alisha Vimawala also has a drawing contest of a future planet. Genius!
Savorings for All My Friends are Planets:
- First Person Narrative – talks to the reader
- Informational Narrative
- Scientific Characteristics – same/ different
- Power of 3
Scholastic book order
February 10, 2018
Steven Jenkins and Robin Page collaborate to peak your interest. They share the most interesting facts about ordinary and unique creatures. In Flying Frogs and Walking Fish, the focus is on the animation of the animals.
The sections are divided by questions about the animal featured. For example, A Walking Octopus? sheds light beyond the understood eight legs. “They use two of them to walk on the sea floor.”
Other animals are then featured on a two-page spread highlighting their unique ways to walk (Marching, strolling, tiptoeing...). Additional facts are shared in the back of the book.
To learn more about the making of this book, go to stevejenkinsbooks.com/flyingfrogs. Have fun learning new synonyms and interesting facts!
Savorings for Flying Frogs and Walking Fish:
- Compare/ Contrast
- Questions as SubTitles
- Synonyms – whirling, tumbling, somersaulting
- Fun Facts
June 27, 2017
Baby animals are adorable. Cuddly. Cute. Mama animals love and protect their young, nuzzling them to move, licking them with kisses. Kids will “awww” when they see the mama/child couple throughout the book, Born in the Wild.
Using a repetitive structured text, Lita Judge breaks the book into sections. Instead of a traditional subtitle, a sentence topic announces the proceeding two-page spread with its corresponding three animals.
The baby is part of a family.
The baby needs to be caressed and groomed.
The baby grows strong through play.
See the video book review by TTPM
Savorings for reading and in writing for Born in the Wild:
- Additional Facts – in the back, each animal is expounded upon (a great way to show students how to include any extra facts into their piece)
- Repeating Structure – one-line sentence followed by three animal explanations
- Font Manipulation – highlighted names are colored text
- Glossary – additional websites
- Connection – to field trips, science research