Amazing Austrailian Animals

January 16, 2012

Marianne Berkes sculpts a rhythmic text in Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under. The text’s foundational structure is based upon the song, Over in the Meadow. Students will interact with the text, building fluency.

The Australian animal kingdom is the theme of this hybrid text. Each page features a mother and her babies, teaching specific vocabulary and verbs. Jill Dubin’s illustrations are adorable collages within the natural setting. She mingles texture into her illustrations, creating a 3D effect.

To connect your students to live animals, view the YouTube video of Steve Irwin at the Autralia Zoo Tour. (3 min. and 21 sec.)

Savorings for reading and in writing for Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under:

  • Math connections – counting 1 to 10
  • Musical rhythm
  • Repeating Structure
  • Class book – interactive writing about your class, stats, subject matter
  • Verbs – past tense with suffix -ed
  • Surprise ending

Poetry Friday

January 23, 2009

On Jane Yolen ‘s website, she is called “the Hans Christian Andersen of America”.  She definitely is a gifted writer and has created some delightful poetry books.  The featured book today is Count Me a Rhyme:  Animal Poems by the Numbers.  Her son, Jason Stemple, has collaborated with her on eleven poetry books using nature photographs to ignite the poetic words.

Animal Poems by the Number

The playfulness  of Jane’s words will entice your children’s attention. Vocabulary is stressed in this fun rhyming book.  Jason captured animls in their natural environments, from groups of one to ten.  The photos are vivid, and students of all ages will enjoy seeing them.  Read one a day and enrich your classroom.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Count Me a Rhyme:

  • Roman numberals
  • Synonyms fo reac number – 2, duet, pair, dual
  • Table of Contents – simpler text than a text book
  • Alliteration – in “Five Geese, Five” – “misty, moisty morning”; “paddle, puddle perfect”
  • Repeating line – in “Six Spiders Spinning” to sho action – “Hand over hand over hand over hand over hand”
  • Shape poem – in “Eight Bighorn Sheep” – wording is shaped in a one word column

(PES book and WPL book)


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