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Transcript of Picture Books
Authors: Bill Martin and John Archambault
Illustrator: Lois Ehlert
Grade level: Kindergarten Pictures books cover different subjects and come in various formats. One type of format for picture books is big books. Many picture books would be an excellent addition any grade level, especially first grade. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is one picture book that comes in this oversized format. One could use this format to ensure that students can see the illustrations and follow along with the reading of the text. Using a pointer to point to the words as they are read can show students the left to right function of reading. It can be used to show the sequence of events and allow students to write about them along with reading together as a group (Mitchell, 2003). This book can also be used to spark creative writing ideas. The rich, vivid pictures help to get the imaginative juices flowing. One could read the title, show the pictures, and have the students write his or her own version of the story. Once this is done, the teacher could finish the story, have student volunteers read his or her version, and compare the differences. There are several uses for picture books in various subjects. For example, one could use this picture book for a mathematics lesson on graphing, such as how many people like chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal cookies. One could use the book to add up how many requests the mouse made. Another idea would be to make a sequence wheel (A to Z Teacher Stuff, n.d.). Students could create a wheel that turned to show the different events as they occurred. This would help students recognize what happens first, next, and last in specific order. Genre Celebration
January 14, 2013
Ivolym Bonaparte, Anne Durrant,
Heather Lowe, Judy Martin,
Jason Seidel This is a wordless picture book that is suitable for young readers. The Lion & The Mouse is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. Published in 2009, the book retells Aesop's fable of The Lion and the Mouse. This book illustrates the tale of a mouse who accidentally interrupts a lion at rest. The lion makes a life changing decision to let go his prey, the mouse intern repays her debt by freeing the lion from a poacher's trap. Pinkney won the 2010 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in the book. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom If You Give a Mouse
a Cookie The Lion & The Mouse Title: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Author: Laura Numeroff
Illustrator: Felicia Bond
Grade level: 1st Title: Curious George
Author: Hans and Margret Rey
Illustrator: Hans and Margret Rey
Grade level: 2nd Title: Make Way for Ducklings
Author: Robert McCloskey
Illustrator: Robert McCloskey
Grade level: 3rd Synopsis
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey was first published in 1941 as has won a Caldecott Award. It is both written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey. The book is about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard who are searching for a home where they can live and raise ducklings. They land in Boston and search for a safe and suitable place. They find a place on the river and hatch 8 ducklings. Mr. Mallard goes away for a week and requests that Mrs. Mallard along with the ducklings meet him in the public garden in the city. The policemen assist Mrs. Mallard and the ducklings to the garden as they make their way through the city of Boston. Curious George was written by Hans and Margret Ray and was published in 1941. This children's story is about a curious monkey and how his life was changed when a man took him out of the jungle to be placed in a zoo in the city. George's curiosity tends to get him in trouble. On his voyage overseas he falls out of the ship trying to imitate sea gulls. Once in the city he continues to find new ways of drawing attention until eventually he is placed in his new home at the zoo. This story relates well with children and teaches them to try new things. This fun story allows children to fall in love with a George and shows them that there is nothing wrong with wanting to learn. Curious George Picture Books have always brought joy to children while educating them on various subjects. Teachers can use picture books to engage their students and help generate creativity in the classroom. Curious George can inspire different activities for the class to do. Some of these activities include:
Working in groups to collaborate on creating a story using the imagination of all the students. Each group will draw pictures to tell a story, and they will present that to the class.
The entire class can take a nature walk around the school property. The teacher can talk about the history of the school and town.
Curious George is about a monkey from the jungle. Each student will research an animal that is from the jungle using resources (books and computers) from the school library. The student will write in their journal about their findings.
The book is about curiousity and learning about new things. Each student can do a show and tell to the class. Students can discuss a new place they have been and how they felt about going there. The students can bring in a object from that place if they have one. This lesson is to show how it is important to keep an open mind and try new things. Synopsis
A colorful ABC book that tells the story of the letters of the alphabet climbing to the top of the coconut. Synopsis
If you give a Mouse a Cookie details a little boy's day with a mouse. It starts out as the boy gives the mouse a cookie, which leads the mouse to want several other things. The boy gives the mouse what it wants and cleans up after him. This book describes what it may be like if you give a mouse a cookie. It is a fun book with beautiful pictures that captures children's hearts and attention. Make Way for Ducklings Handout Response Suggestions
ask open-ended or divergent questions
encourage varied responses
graphic response (Lynch-Brown & Tomilson, 2008) Definition
Picture books are most often intended for young children. They tell a story with pictures, illustrations, and usually words. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Lesson Plan Ideas and Activities across Curriculum
Reading fluently and with expression
Reading comprehension assessments
Alphabetize duckling’s names
Vocabulary or spelling words
Critical Thinking Questions
Identify phonemes in words (/ck/ digraph)
Draw a map of Boston to trace the ducks’ routes.
5 geographical themes: location, place, movement, regions, and human/environment interaction.
Needs and Wants of the mother and father ducks
Urban/city setting compare to rural and/or suburban communities
Create ducks out of various materials
Paint pictures of ducks, city scenes
Look at Audubon Society art and pictures of ducks.
Bronze sculpture located in Boston Commons of the Ducks (continued)
• Make a magnetic Chicka Chicka tree to practice letter recognition and to retell the story
• Arrange students in a circle around a beach towel. Fill a bucket with sand and mix in magnetic letters. Go around the circle having each student find a letter. Have them tell you name of the letter. Count all the letters and stress that there are 26 letters in the alphabet.
• Arrange students in groups of three. Hand out to each group a copy of a Chicka Chicka tree for them to color and alphabet stickers. As you reread the story to the class, have each group place the corresponding alphabet sticker on their worksheet.
• Or for letter assessment – do the same activity as above but individually see that each student can name each letter of the alphabet as is goes on the tree. Do not let them put the letters on in order this time.
• Give each student an alphabet letter and have them act out the story as you reread it (Teachers.net, 2012).
• Teach the student what initials are. Let each student pick out the correct stencils of their initials. They can trace these on construction paper then decorate them (Teachers.net, 2012). Title: The Lion and the Mouse
Author and illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Grade Level: K- 1st Integration of Picture Books
into subject areas
Lynch-Brown and Tomlinson (2008) share that students who lack motivation and struggle with reading can benefit from reading attractively illustrated books on the topic of study.
Hershey's Kisses Addition Book by Jerry Pallotta, illustrated by Rob Bolster can be used to help students learn addition by visually seeing what is being added.
Picture books can be used for social studies to help students learn about state symbols. For example, Maryland State Symbols by Bruce Larkin can be used to help students become familiar with where the state is located on the map of the United States along with learning and recognizing the state symbols, such as what the state flower is, black-eyed Susans, and what they look like. Value and issues of Picture Books
Picture books are valuable for students because they help students learn by allowing him or her to use their sense of sight to visualize a concept, instead of just listening and trying to conjure an image to help him or her understand what it is they are trying to learn.The issues with picture books can vary; however, one important issue is to ensure that the book suits the grade level it is being used for. Music
Listen to duck or bird call recordings
Sing a song about ducks
Finger play songs
Dance or waddle like a duck
Plays follow the leader
Habitat study of city wildlife
Duck life cycle
Field trip to local pond
View city of Boston on Google Earth/Maps
Research duck facts
Create map of park
Use computer to write story for L/A
Sums of tens; how many combinations (8 ducklings, 2 parents)
Measurement of path they took, estimation
Analyze and graph data
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Martin, B., & Archambault, J. (1989). Chicka chicka boom boom. Simon & Schuester.
McCloskey, R. (1941). Make way for ducklings. New York: Viking Press
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TeacherVision. (2013). Make way for ducklings. Retrieved from: http://www.teachervision.fen.com/fiction/activity/1733.html Handout Handout Handout Picture Books References Handout Picture books can be used in various ways in the classroom. This wordless picture book, The Lion and the mouse by Jerry Pinkney can be incorporated into numerous subjects across the curriculum. Some ways that children might study and enjoy Pikney’s The Lion and the mouse in the classroom includes:
Puzzle making. Students can eemploy a printable arts and crafts activity that helps build skills in understanding (this puzzle can be a picture of the lion or the mouse OR both).
This book (like other picture books), lends itself for students to engage in some dramatic play. Stage a performance of The Lion & the Mouse in the classroom. There is no conventional dialogue to memorize and plenty of opportunity for young actors to roar, squeak, scratch, and hoot.
This book lends itself to creativity. Students can engage in creative writing by creating their own Mad Libs®stories. Students supply key words (nouns, adjectives, and verbs) to a base paragraph to create an amusing story. In addition, they can also interpret the picture to write their own story as seen through their own eyes. Invite students to write their own text versions of The Lion & the Mouse to accompany the bold illustrations (continued). Take students on a picture book safari. Ask the class to identify and count all the different types of animals pictured in The Lion & the Mouse. Encourage your students to search high and low, and not to forget the humans.
Make a room for a lion and mouse. How much space does each need? Measure the desks in your classroom. Are they big enough for a mouse? Measure your classroom. Is it large enough for a lion? Measure the footprint of your school building. Could the king of beasts have room enough to roam within it?
Channel student's inner discovery. As a whole group activity/project, research the natural habitat of lions. Where do they live? What do they eat? How much can they weigh? In what ways do humans help lions? In what ways do they hurt them? Handout (continued) Synopsis Handout