What About Moose?

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?

  • Rhyming
  • Problem Solving
  • Verbs
  • Teamwork
  • Being in charge
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Friendship
  • Clauses

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!


Firefighters to the Rescue

March 28, 2011

Kersten Hamilton uses a poem as the text for the narrative. The book isn’t just a story about firemen, but informational too.  Bold words and some conversation accent the text.

The setting is not in present day but more like in the 1950’s.  Notice the cars, clothing (many women in dresses), the movie theatre (Roy Rogers in Trigger Jr.), cameras are a few items to point out to your students.  I know one first grade social studies standard is to compare past to present. Firefighters to the Rescue would be a great conversation starter.

The story is told through Rich Davis‘s illustrations in Firefighters to the Rescue! The fire engine races through the streets as people make way.  A house fire blazes.  A little boy cannot find his dog. The crowd waits and hopes. The fireman brave the elements, and yes, the dog is rescued.

Savorings for reading and in writing for Firefighters to the Rescue:

  • Compare past and present – Retro/historical
  • Suddenly – all on its own page for emphasis
  • Bold print
  • Inging verbs – cooking, mapping
  • Teacher Resources – check out Kersten Hamilton’s website.  You can connect through the link on her name above.  She has teacher resources for her books.  An interview is linked as well.  I think it’s great when children can “meet” the author.


Friendship: City Dog and Country Frog

March 26, 2011

Product DetailsMo Willems has created a frolicking book about friendship in City Dog, Country Frog.  Two animals meet and become friends – a dog and a frog. Each animal teaches the other some games.  Jon Muth’s illustrations allow the readers to infer much more than the text says.  It’s a packed, simple story that allows children to fill in the parts when time transfers from one season to the next.

In the end, the dog goes and cannot find his friend after the winter.  The pictures made my heart sad. As I turned the page, my heart was cheered when a Country Chipmunk came upon the City Dog waiting for his friend.  And a new friendship bloomed.  Love it.

Savorings for reading and in writing for City Dog, Country Frog:

  • Semi-colon – “City dog didn’t stop on that first day in the country; he ran as far and as fast as he could.”
  • Seasons changing and hibernation
  • Parenthesis
  • Bookend – begins with City Dog meeting Country Frog who was waiting for a friend
  • “Ing”ing verbs – sniffing, fetching, barking

(Okay I know the verbs are called present participles, but I learned a long time ago that first graders do not understand that terminology.  Instead, thanks to Katie Wood Ray and my friend Ruth, who noticed “ing”ing words in My Mama Had a Dancin’ Heart, I can name the verbs what I want.  So “ing”ing verbs makes sense to little kids. :))

The Library Doors

November 8, 2009

This book is a great introductory book to the library for preschool to second grade.  Toni Buzzeo uses the familiar tune of “The Wheels on the Bus” for the structure of the text in her book, The Library Doors. (Have you ever tried using that as a class book idea?)  This is a great upper elementary text to give readers a structure to make their own books or books for younger readers.The Library Doors

Children will be able to interact with the text in many ways.  The text shares information on how to search for books, use library markers, and even the updated scan to check books out.  Included with the book, Toni Buzzeo has an eight page Library lesson booklet for additional extension lesson.  I particularly like the hand/finger plays that go along with the text.

Savorings for reading and in writing for The Library:

  • Verbs – search, click, hold
  • Onomatopoeia – shh, tickety tick
  • Class book for procedures  – you could use the structure of the text to create a book about procedures in class
  • Hybrid – poetic, informational
  • Sequential

A Plump Turkey

November 12, 2008

Teresa Bateman writes a cute poetic narrative about a community, who’s turkeys seem to disappear during the fall season in A Plump and Perky Turkey.  Jeff Shelly illustrates creative pictures, personifying the turkey as they sneak away.  Kids will find it funny.  The towns people of Squawk Valley are dismayed, and the idea of having an “arts-and-craft fair” featuring turkey art sparks the town.  They advertise in the forest asking for a turkey to be a model

Image result for a plump and perky turkeyThe turkey, Pete, becomes the center of attention.  It’s curious that the townspeople can only think of a turkey for its feast.  Jeff Shelly illustrates a pig throughout the story as an equally-concerned citizen.  I find that rather odd, considering ham can be an alternate meat at Thanksgiving.  The pig is just as happy about the prospect of turkey.  I think the illustrations themselves would create a curious conversation with your students.

Savorings for reading and in writing for A Plump and Perky Turkey:

  • Feelings – “downhearted and depressed
  • Vocabulary:  clever – “no turkey to be found.”  If you are introducing the word “clever”, this book explains the vocabulary word thoroughly.
  • Think Bubbles – “We’ll fill our fair with folks and fun and tons of turkey art.”
  • Alliteration – “plump, perky, pines
  • Past Tense Verbs – strutted, startled, intrigued, cheered, disappeared