This would be great for reading aloud in a k-1 classroom. There's just enough information on each page for the students to digest. A teacher could reaThis would be great for reading aloud in a k-1 classroom. There's just enough information on each page for the students to digest. A teacher could read aloud the larger print first with key ideas like "This frog is huge (for a frog)" (with the word huge printed in bold) supported by illustrations. During the same lesson or another, the teacher could read aloud the book a second time, reading the large print as well as the informational captions ("It's a goliath frog, and it lives in western Africa. It's the biggest frog in the world. Sometimes it eats other frogs!") Students could be encouraged to self-monitor after reading aloud particular pages - "What did you just learn about one type of huge frog? Turn and talk with a partner.")
Another engaging aspect of this book is the author's voice. Jenkins writes as though in a conversation with his young audience - "This one is called a flying frog, although it can't really fly." After reading aloud this book, it could be left in the classroom library for "reading with a partner" (looking at the illustrations and recalling specific details they'd learned and sketching/writing in response. There's a child-friendly index at the end as well.
This would pair nicely with Leaps and Bounce by Susan Hood as part of an integrated unit of study....more
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The kind of book young children will want to read again and again with illustrations they will want to look at slowlyBeautiful, beautiful, beautiful. The kind of book young children will want to read again and again with illustrations they will want to look at slowly and savor. On a first and second read, you may miss some of the objects/animals/concepts that have been partnered with a letter, but there is a list at the back of the book that names the illustrations for each letter. LOVE the combination of animals, concepts, etc on each page. For example, the two page-spread for "O" has an owl and an octagon and the background for the page looks like "old" paper--a stained parchment of sorts. So while the youngest, literacy thinker will be able to easily identify the owl and the octagon, there's room for more sophisticated thinking and for great conversation around questions like "Why do you think the author says 'old' is part of this page?" The author also made some interesting choices as far as sound - the sound for the letter 'o' is represented in three ways – a short sound as in "octagon,” a diphthong as in “owl” and a long sound as in “old.” She does this in other places as well (“quarter” and “queen” for qu and “cherry” and “corners” for c). Again – the child looking for the short “o” sound will find an item and the more sophisticated child may figure out why “owl” is partnered with the letter o; there’s definitely room for conversation about how letters can make more than one sound. I’d read this aloud in a kinder classroom—lots of room for enjoyment, awe, and conversation. ...more
A playful, rhyming text that introduces readers to the life cycle of the frog-- "Round and spotted, polka-dotted, eggs aboard a bubble boat--Watch theA playful, rhyming text that introduces readers to the life cycle of the frog-- "Round and spotted, polka-dotted, eggs aboard a bubble boat--Watch them dip and dive and float"--and how every living thing changes as it grows. This would be great for reading aloud in the k-1 classroom- lots of opportunities to play with language as well as learn content--for fun or as part of a unit of study. Would pair nicely with Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins....more
Boswell makes a strong case for modeling writing versus assigning or explaining writing. She encourages teachers to model not only quality writing, buBoswell makes a strong case for modeling writing versus assigning or explaining writing. She encourages teachers to model not only quality writing, but also what’s hard about writing and what we do to revise, revise, and revise our writing. Numerous examples of teachers thinking aloud create a vivid picture of what this can look like in the classroom. The modeled writing Boswell describes will transform your writing instruction and is applicable to ANY writing we do in the classroom – in science, in social studies, in math as well as in language arts....more
Wide variety of suggestions for students in grades 3-7. The beauty of this book is the voice of the author--humorous, down-on-kids-level. The format,Wide variety of suggestions for students in grades 3-7. The beauty of this book is the voice of the author--humorous, down-on-kids-level. The format, layout and design is appealing and kid-friendly. This is the kind of book I'd like to have in a classroom library - for reading and then writing a response or an action plan, for discussing in small groups, for launching an inquiry, as a mentor text for writing workshop. Lots of potential. ...more
This would be a fun book to read aloud to elementary students studying this period of time. Students could talk in small groups about some of the biggThis would be a fun book to read aloud to elementary students studying this period of time. Students could talk in small groups about some of the bigger ideas in the book--What was the role of the cow beyond providing physical comfort and nutrition? What in the text makes you think so? What do you think is the author's message? Why do you think so? What is the role of hope in the story? There's also room to discuss how the author took primary sources (maybe even find those sources as noted at the end of the book) and used details from the real story to write a "loosely based" story. Students might use this as a mentor text for engaging in a similar process. Lots of potential in the classroom....more