‘Twas the Night before Thanksgiving

November 12, 2008

‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving,  will delight any aged audience.  Based on the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Dav Pilkey ventures to Image result for twas the night before thanksgivingimagine what children would be thinking prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Mmm, delicious turkey meat maybe?  This field trip adventure changes the minds of the children after becoming friends with the turkeys.  When someone finds Farmer Nuggett’s ax, “they clamored aloud in a chorus of cries.” His poetic story ends with the children saving the day.

Side note:  I wonder where Dav Pilkey came up with the turkey names.  Past TV characters?  “Now Ollie, now Stanley, now Larry and Moe, On Wally, on Beaver, on Shemp and Groucho!”

Savorings for reading and in writing for ‘Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving:

  • Hyphenated word – new-falled leaves
  • Use this text to examine the complexity of word usage between verbs, nouns, and adjectives:
  • Verbs – whistled, gobbled
  • Nouns – terrains, cockerels, clatter
  • Colon – in a list
  • Rhyming
  • Ending – allows the children to think of what they might be thankful for:  “So each one gave thanks for love and for living...”

The Fierce Yellow Pumpkin

October 20, 2008

The Hallo-Wienerby Dav Pilkey has loads of craft to teach.  It can serve as a great mentor text during this Halloween season.  Themes such as name-calling, bullying, friendship, persistence, loyalty, and kindness are embedded, creating an avenue for class discussion and community building. The illustrations lift the text and provide foreshadowing clues. The book’s humor entices the kids to reread it several times, allowing the message to sink in.  What a fun way to learn!  I highly recommend visiting Dav Pilkey‘s website.  He shares his story of being a hyperactive kid.

Savorings in reading and for writing for The Hallo-Wiener:

  • Flexing sentences – “Because of his unusual shape and size, all the other dogs made fun of him.”
  • Think bubbles – “All day long at obedience school, Oscar daydreamed about Halloween…”
  • Hyphenated words – “Half-a-dog tall and one-and-a-half dogs long
  • Play on words – “Then Oscar showed up, looking quite frank.”
  • Suspense – “The dogs stopped dead in their tracks.”