Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Top 10 Books

Since so many people are having such a brutal winter I thought I would make my top 10 book list be spring type of books. I hope you find something new or pull out those lost and forgotten gems.
The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.

The Picture Book Teacher's Top 10 books for March, theme - Spring.


Happy spring!


Thursday, February 26, 2015

What a Surprise! A Bonus TpT Sale Day!!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Shawna-Devoe-The-Picture-Book-Teacher
Clicking the above graphic will take you to my TpT store.
TpT has extended the sale and so have I! If you didn't get what you needed yesterday, grab it today!

The above graphic was created by The Printable Princess with the help of super cute graphics and fonts by Melonheadz, Hello Fonts and KG Fonts.


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Super Savings...It's a TpT Sale!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Shawna-Devoe-The-Picture-Book-Teacher
Clicking the graphic will take you to my store.
For the classroom heroes of today, I say thank you! My entire store will be on sale!

The above graphic was created by The Printable Princess with the help of super cute graphics and fonts by Melonheadz, Hello Fonts and KG Fonts.


The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler


The PIcture Book Teacher's 21 teaching tips for The Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler.


On the first day of school the little boy is terrified that he is going to get Mrs. Green the mean monster teacher! Unfortunately for the boy he got Mrs. Green for his teacher. As he sits in class and waits for school to begin he sees his monster of a teacher do all sorts of terrible things to the students in his class...but does he really?

Listed below are possible reading skill and strategy questions and ideas to help you create a meaningful lesson for this book.

If your students need inferencing practice you can grab the little I packet I made. This packet was made to use with this book as well as The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and The Principal from the Black Lagoon.


Reading level: 2.1
Theme/subject: school, confronting fears, imagination
Genre: humorous

Suggested vocabulary/phrases: dandruff, warts, slithers, fraction problems, beckons, smirks, cackles, wriggles

Reading skills and strategies:
  • Asking questions – these are just possible questions or wonderings from either the student or teacher
    • Before – I wonder what the story is going to be about. I wonder why the boy looks so scared. I wonder what a teacher from the black lagoon looks like.
    • During – I wonder if Mrs. Green really is green. I wonder why Freddy Jones thinks it’s a good idea to throw a spitball. I wonder why the principal doesn’t do anything about what is happening I wonder if this is really happening.
    • After – I wonder if he will enjoy the rest of his school year. I wonder if the other kids had the same bad dream about the first day of school as he did.
  **Remember to have your students answer/reflect their questions.
  • Author's point of view – First person  
  • Author's purpose – entertaining
    • Evidence
      1. A teacher can’t be a real monster.
      2. The illustrator and the author show kids turning into frogs and being eaten in half, that can’t really happen.
      3. The head as a globe it pretty silly.
  • Beginning, middle, end – the most important event from each
    • Beginning – The boy gets into class, sits at his desk, folds his hands, closes his eyes and thinks to himself that he is too young to die.
    • Middle – Mrs. Green bites Derek in half to demonstrate how to do their fraction homework.
    • End – The boy wakes up from his nap and sees the real Mrs. Green.
  • Cause and effect  
      1. Why does the boy look so sad walking to school? Because he is wondering who his teacher might be.
      2. Why does the boy sit at his desk and think that he is too young to die? Because his teacher Mrs. Green is supposed to be a real monster.
      3. Why does Mrs. Green breathe fire at Freddy Jones? Because he throws a spitball in the classroom.
      4. Why does Eric Porter’s head get put on the globe stand? Because he said, “Talk about bad breath”, and then he giggled.
      5. Why did Mrs. Green bite Derek Bloom in half? Because she was showing a fraction lesson.
      6. Why does Mrs. Green swallow Doris Foodle in one gulp? Because she cracked her gum in class.
      7. Why does Penny Weber’s head turn into the size of a pin? Because Mrs. Green is trying to help her headache go away.
      8. Why does the boy see a pretty woman and not scary Mrs. Green when the bell rings? Because he was dreaming.
  • Character analysis - describe Mrs. Green and the boy {looks like, feelings, thoughts, character, how others think/see the character}
  • Character changes – The boy starts the story afraid of his teacher and by the end he hugs her because she is not what she thought she would be like.
  • Classify & categorize
    • Classify your first day of school
      1. Things that were true
      2. Things that were rumors
    • Classify your teacher/classroom
      1. Things you like
      2. Things you don’t
  • Compare & contrast
    • Your first day of school to the boy’s
    • Your teacher to his
    • This Black Lagoon book to another Black Lagoon book
  • Connections
    • Text-to-self
      1. Being afraid on your first day of school.
      2. Hearing bad things about your teacher and then finding out he/she is not that way at all.
      3. Loving your teacher.
    • Text-to-text
      1. Connect to any of the Black Lagoon books.
  • Drawing conclusions & inferencing – Why does the boy see Mrs. Green as a big green monster?
    • Text clues – at the beginning of the story the boy walks into the classroom, sits down, folds his hands and closes his eyes.
    • What I know – I know that when someone keeps telling you something you can sometimes have dreams about it.
    • My conclusion – I think the boy sees Mrs. Green as a big green monster because he fell asleep at the beginning of the story and dreamed about Mrs. Green and all the things that he was told about her.
  • Main idea & details
    • Main idea – The story is mostly about Mrs. Green being a big scary monster teacher.
    • Details
      1. Mrs. Green puts Eric Porter’s head in the globe stand for commenting on her bad breath.
      2. Mrs. Green turns Randy Potts into a frog for asking about spelling.
      3. Doris Foodle gets swallowed up by Mrs. Green for cracking her gum in class.
  • Plot - the turning point or climax in the story was when Mrs. Green told the students to lay their head down and take a nap.
  • Predict
      1. What do you think the story is going to be about?
      2. What do you think his teacher is going to be like?
      3. What do you think is going to happen to the boy in class?
      4. How do you think Mrs. Green is going to show what fractions are?
      5. What do you think Mrs. Green is going to do with Doris Foodle for cracking her gum?
      6. What do you think the boy will dream about when he falls asleep at nap time?
      7. What do you think the boy will find when he wakes up from his nap?
  • Problem & solution
    • Problem – The problem in the story is that the boy sees Mrs. Green as a real monster doing terrible things to her students.
    • Solution – Mrs. Green had the kids put their heads down for a nap, when the boy woke he found that Mrs. Green was not mean and green but a beautiful nice teacher.
  • Sequencing
      1. It is the first day of school and the boy wonders who his teacher will be.
      2. The boy finds out his teacher is Mrs. Green.
      3. Mrs. Green walks into the classroom and scratches her name on the board.
      4. Freddy Jones throws a spitball and gets burned to a pile of ashes.
      5. Mrs. Green put Eric Porter’s head in the globe stand.
      6. Derek Bloom is used as an example for fractions.
      7. Mrs. Green swallows Doris Foodle for cracking her gum.
      8. Mrs. Green takes roll.
      9. Randy Potts is turned into a frog.
      10. Penny Weber wants to go to the nurse’s office for her headache.
      11. It is nap time.
      12. The boy hears the bell ring and wakes from his nap.
      13. The boy runs and gives Mrs. Green a hug when he sees she is not really a big green monster.
  • Story elements - list title, author, characters, setting, beginning, middle, end, or problem & solution.
  • Strong thought – someplace in the story that the reader has a strong reaction for example an “I knew it”, or  “Don’t do it” type of moment while reading.
    • The class just watched Freddy Jones get burned to ashes but the other kids still act up in class. What would you say to the other kids that continue to ask questions or act up?
  • Summarize
    • Someone The boy didn’t
    • Wanted want the mean green monster, Mrs. Green for a teacher
    • But but he got her
    • So so he closed his eyes and said, “I’m too young to die.”
    • Then Then he wakes from his dream and
    • Finally finally realizes that his teacher Mrs. Green is not a green monster.
  • Theme – the lesson, message or moral of the story
      1. Don’t always believe everything you hear.
      2. Rumors can make you think the worst about someone.
      3. The first day of school probably won’t be as scary as you think it will be.
  • Visualize – what do YOU picture…
    • Mrs. Green did many things to punish many of the students. What is something else you visualize her doing as a punishment?

Inferencing with The Black Lagoon, created by The Picture Book Teacher
Click HERE to take you to this inferencing packet.


Happy reading!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stamp It to Find It - A Bright Idea!


Today I am joining my friends and bringing you a Bright Idea. 
 
It is probably one you already know, but it is truly something that has helped not only my students but me.
The Picture Book Teacher's Bright Idea - Stamp It to Find It!

Do you do centers?

Do you have your kids do word sorts?

Do you have pieces to games that you have spent time printing, and cutting and laminating?

Do you find said pieces under desks and in corners after the kids have cleaned up?

Do you always know where those said pieces go?

Is this something that drives you CRAZY?

Well it did me, until I started stamping ALL the “pieces”. I know this adds on an extra step to your printing, cutting and laminating, but it will be worth it in the end! Just remember to stamp before you laminate.

Many years ago my mom bought me this great set of little stamps that had many different color stamp pads. I never used the stamps for their intended purpose, crafting and card making; I used them as game and center piece organizers.

For each game, activity, word sort and puzzle, I stamped every piece that went with it; the cards, directions, spinners, envelope, recording sheet, and anything else that was part of the game. I used the same stamp with the same color or each of those pieces.

This did two things…
1. If kids were sitting too close as they were using these activities, they could easily make sure that when they cleaned up they were putting the correct pieces back in the correct bag, folder or envelope.
2. If a piece was found later, we could quickly tell where that piece should be put, no more guessing  and no more setting the piece aside to figure out where it went later (because let’s face it, later never came).

Simple, yes!
Easy, yes!
Effective, absolutely!

If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider joining me on my blog, Facebook or Instagram pages.

Be sure to check out all the other AH-mazing ideas shared in this Bright Ideas Blog Hop (links below), you never know when that next light bulb will go on…





Thursday, February 19, 2015

Throwback Thursday


An amazing book filled with a number of skills and strategies, click here to take you to all the teaching tips.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

The Class from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler

The Picture Book Teacher's 19 teaching tips for the book The Class from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler.


The Class from the Black Lagoon is about a teacher that thinks that her new group of kids are going to be little monsters. She has heard nothing but terrible, awful things about what they look like, how they behave and what kind of students they are. As she sits and waits for her students to arrive, she is getting more and more nervous! The students finally arrive and Mrs. Green is completely amazed at what she see!

You can use the below list of possible reading skill and strategy questions and ideas to create a fun and meaningful lesson for this book.

If your students are needing inferencing practice I have created a little packet of inferencing pages to use with this book and The Principal from the Black Lagoon and The Teacher from the Black Lagoon. Click the link below to see how this will help your students with inferencing.


Reading level: 4.3
Theme/subject: School, confronting fears, imagination
Genre: Humorous

Suggested vocabulary/phrases: early retirement, ghouls, emit, scratch and sniff, pried off with crowbars, safety precaution, virtuosos, Velcro, symphony orchestra, expertise, highly contagious diseases, pestering teachers, poking peers, survival kit

Reading skills and strategies:
  • Asking questions – these are just possible questions or wondering from either the student or teacher
    • Before – I wonder what the story is going to be about. I wonder what the class is going to be like. I wonder if the class really will be from the black lagoon.
    • During – I wonder if the kids really will be as bad as described. I wonder what the kids will really be like.
    • After – I wonder why the other teachers told Mrs. Green such bad things about the kids.
  **Remember to have your students answer/reflect their questions.
  • Author's point of view – first person
  • Author's purpose – entertaining
    • Evidence
      1. The kids can’t really be monsters.
      2. The illustrator and the author show kids as weird looking monsters.
      3. Mrs. Green looks pretty silly wearing all that safety equipment.
  • Beginning, middle, end – the most important event from each
    • Beginning – It is the first day of school and Mrs. Green is sitting at her desk worried about what her class will be like this year.
    • Middle – Mrs. Green pictures her class as monsters and thinks about all the excuses that they will tell her when they don’t do what they are supposed to.
    • End – Mrs. Green’s class comes in the class carrying flowers and an apple and not looking anything like monsters.
  • Cause and effect  
      1. Why was Mrs. Green so worried about her class? Because she had heard that the kids were weird and that the other teachers went into early retirement because of them.
      2. Why did some of the children monsters have to be pried off their chairs with crowbars? Because they wrapped their bodies around their chairs really tight.
      3. Why do the children monsters wave their hands in the air? Because they either have to go to the bathroom or have a silly answer to a question.
      4. Why do the monster children love school? Because they love pestering teachers, poking peers and using the pencil sharpener.
      5. Why does Mrs. Green check her survival kit? Because it is almost 8 o’clock and the kids are about to come in.
      6. Why does Mrs. Green say that she is going to love this class? Because they were cheery and clean and had one nose and they brought her flowers and an apple.
  • Character analysis - describe Mrs. Green {looks like, feelings, thoughts, character, how others think/see the character}
  • Character changes – In the beginning Mrs. Green is very nervous about the first day of school and what the kids might be like. By the end she is happy and relieved that her class is so sweet.
  • Compare & contrast
    • Your teacher to Mrs. Green
    • Your class to the class in the story
    • This book to any other Black Lagoon book
  • Connections
    • Text-to-self  
      1. Being worried about something you were told.
      2. Believing stories you were told even though they sounded like they couldn’t be real.
      3. Bringing your teacher flowers or an apple on the first day of school.
    • Text-to-text
      1. Any of the Black Lagoon books.
  • Drawing conclusions & inferencing – Why does Mrs. Green think she is going to love the class?
    • Text clues – When the kids actually get to school and enter the class they are all smiling and bring her an apple and some flowers.
    • What I know – I know that when things turn out to be better than what you expected you will always like it.
    • My conclusion – I think Mrs. Green is going to love her class because she had such terrible thoughts about them and what they were going to be like but when they actually got there they were completely the opposite.
  • Main idea & details
    • Main idea – The story is mostly about Mrs. Green and the thoughts she has about her new class.
    • Details
      1. As soon as the children walk through the school doors they turn in to monsters.
      2. They write on everything but the paper.
      3. They come to school when they are sick and stay home when they are well.
  • Plot - the turning point or climax in the story was when the kids finally enter the classroom.
  • Predict
      1. What do you think the story is going to be about?
      2. What do you think the teacher thinks the class is going to be like?
      3. What are some things you think the monsters are going to do in class?
      4. What do you think the kids are really going to be like?
  • Problem & solution
    • Problem – The problem in the story is that Mrs. Green was told some horrible things about the students in her class.
    • Solution – Mrs. Green thinks the most awful things about her class until they actually come in and then she sees that they are nothing like they were described.
  • Sequencing
      1. It’s the first day of school and Mrs. Green is thinking about all the terrible things she was told about the kids in her class.
      2. She thinks about them turning into monsters as they enter the school.
      3. She thinks about the kids getting stuck in their chairs and having to be pried out with crowbars.
      4. She hears all the noises they will make with their bodies.
      5. She thinks about all the excuses they will use.
      6. She will see them writing on everything except the paper they are supposed to write on.
      7. Mrs. Green thinks about the monster class using the pencil sharpener and all the noise and problems that will be.
      8. Mrs. Green checks her survival kit as the kids start to come to her room.
      9. The kids come to class with flowers and an apple for Mrs. Green
      10. Mrs. Green decides that she is going to love her class.
  • Story elements - list title, author, characters, setting, beginning, middle, end, or problem & solution.
  • Summarize
    • Someone Mrs. Green
    • Wanted wanted a good class
    • But but she was told that the kids were real monsters
    • So so she got her survival kit ready.
    • Then Then the kids came into the class and she
    • Finally finally saw that she is going to love her class.
  • Theme – the lesson, message or moral of the story
      1. Don’t always believe everything you hear.
      2. Rumors can make you think the worst about someone.
      3. The first day of school probably won’t be as scary as you think it will be.
  • Visualize – what do YOU picture…
    • Mrs. Green pictures some awful things that her class might be like. What is something you would picture the class to be like?


Click HERE to take you to these inference pages.


Happy Reading!

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