March 22, 2018
Fox is ready to build a tree house with her friends: Skunk, Bear, Frog, and Porcupine. All of a sudden, Moose arrives on the scene and he begins to shout orders. Teamwork seems to go by the wayside as Moose disrupts the groups’ plans.
“But what about you, Moose?” Fox asked with a glare. “You’re tromping about but not doing your share.”
View the book trailer with the class and predict what may happen. As a class talk about how this story compares with group work in class. You could possibly create guidelines for teamwork on projects.
View the book being read online. On Corey Rosen Schwartz‘s website, you will find a curriculum guide for activities in all content areas and STEM activity too. For language arts, this book has numerous words ending in -ed (28 different ones).
Savorings for What About Moose?
- Problem Solving
- Being in charge
- Conflict Resolution
February 22, 2018
Remember the telephone game? One person whispers to another, who shares it with someone else until it circles back to the owner. The final message is never like the beginning statement. Although you laugh at the ridiculous outcome, it’s not a laughing matter when rumors are spread about you.
In this story’s documentary, a friend’s compliment gets twisted into something hurtful. What James Said provides the opportunity for discussion regarding peaceful resolutions. And, who do you believe – a friend or a stranger? Watch this preview as a class and predict if they will become friends.
The read the book or view the story on YouTube.
Savorings for What James Said:
- Grabber lead
- Character traits
- Varied sentences
- Transitions in a day
- Conflict between friends
- Restorative practice
(PES library book)
October 9, 2017
Laurie Keller (author/illustrator) invites readers to remember the importance of manners. Based on the Golden Rule, the characters dialogue about what manners mean in Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners. Mr. Rabbit wants his new neighbors, the Otters, to be Friendly, Polite with please and thank you, and excuse me. Of course, everyone should be Honest too. Kind, Considerate, Play Fair, Cooperate, Share all make their appearances as well.
The reader gets swooped into an auditorium of play. Laurie Keller’s illustrations are whimsically rich setting the stage for deeper understanding. Words are embedded in the background to enhance the meaning of each manner. Off-side scenes are an additional reference to each manner shared.
Savorings for reading and writing for Do Unto Otters: A Book About Manners:
- Great text to use for Voice Inflection and Reader’s Theater
- Models character mental conflict – reader views the thinking bubbles
- Use of the Colon
- Ellipses – slows down character thinking – “How would I … … like otters … … to treat me?”
- Asides – (hmmm… maybe not the treats)
- Example of a Thank You Note
- Magic of 3 – Series of examples for each manner is listed in 3 groups
- Contractions – I’d, you’d, wouldn’t
- Bantering between two characters
- Metacognition – thinking about his thinking
- Word Pictures
- Scenes / Exploding the Moment
PES Life-line book (November)