Saturday, February 6, 2016

Presidents' Day by Anne Rockwell - Teaching Tips

Presidents' Day by Anne Rockwell teaching tips from The Picture Book Teacher.

What a wonderful book, weaving the information about our beloved presidents into a story of elementary children putting on a play for Presidents' Day. This is a must read for any classroom to get ready for Presidents' Day.

Here are the teaching tips that you can use to help create a fun and meaningful lesson.

Reading level: 4.3
Theme: Presidents’ Day
Genre: Informational

Suggested Vocabulary: Mount Rushmore, granite, “a house divided against itself…”, scowled,  Declaration of Independence, galloping, hobbyhorse, national parks, mural, redwood trees, Grand Canyon, Old Faithful, Everglades,

Reading skills and strategies:
  • purpose for reading – to learn more about Presidents’ Day
  • author's purpose – inform
    • evidence
      • the book talks about George Washington
      • the book talks about Abe Lincoln
      • the book talks about Teddy Roosevelt
  • organization
    • ideas or topics –talks about electing new presidents and some of the different presidents and some of their accomplishments
      • Elections – when they are held and how they happen
      • George Washington – first president
      • Abe Lincoln – uniting our nation
      • Thomas Jefferson – writing the Declaration of Independence
      • Teddy Roosevelt – creation of national parks
  • classify & categorize
    • classify - presidents
    • categorize – by party
  • compare & contrast
    • any of the presidents mentioned in this book
  • fact & opinion
    • fact
      • George Washington was the first president
      • Abe Lincoln was the 16th president
      • Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence
      • Teddy Roosevelt created national parks
    • Opinion
      • Abe Lincoln was the best president
      • George Washington did a better job than Thomas Jefferson as president
      • Creating a united nation was more important than creating national parks
      • The Declaration of Independence is the most important American document
  • main idea & details
    • main idea – the text is mostly about the presidents that we honor during Presidents’ Day
    • details
      • George Washington because it’s his birthday and he was the first president
      • Abe Lincoln because he united our nation
      • Thomas Jefferson because he wrote the Declaration of Independence
      • Teddy Roosevelt because he protected the land
  • predict
    • What do you think the story is going to be about?
    • Why do you think we celebrate Presidents’ Day?
    • Why do you think we have elections?
    • Why do you think we honor George Washington?
    • Why do you think we honor Abe Lincoln?
    • Why do you think we honor Teddy Roosevelt?
    • Why do you think we honor Thomas Jefferson?
    • Who do you think will win the class election?
  • story elements
    • title – Presidents’ Day
    • author – Anne Rockwell
    • topic – honoring the presidents on Presidents’ Day
    • organization – by topic or ideas
    • KWL – have student give you this info
  • summarize main idea
    • author – Anne Rockwell wrote
    • book title – Presidents’ Day
    • author’s purpose – to inform readers
    • statement about topic – about what an election is and why we honor the presidents.
    • at least 2 detail – We honor George Washington because he was our first president and we honor Abe Lincoln because he united our nation.
I have some One Pagers available for this book.
One Pager activities for the book Presidents' Day by Anne Rockwell.
You can find these One Pagers in the Growing Holiday Bundle located HERE. This growing bundle already has 6 stories and will continue to grow as I add more.
One Pager activities in a Holiday Growing Bundle for a variety of holdiay books.

Happy reading!

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Arthur's Valentine

TBT 14 Teaching Tips for the book Arthur's Valentine from The Picture Book Teacher.
Check out the 14 teaching tips you can use to help this fun holiday read aloud have more meaning! Click HERE.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

It's Valentine's Day by Jack Prelutsky - Teaching Ideas

Teaching Ideas for the book It's Valentine's Day by Jack Prelutsky from The Picture Book Teacher.

So many fun poems are included in this book. There are super short ones, and really long ones. Super silly ones and kind of sad ones. There is something in it for all of your students.

Even though it is holiday book, take the time and have a meaningful activity to go with it. Here are some ideas that I have come up with to extend the reading experience.

Reading level: 3.1
Theme/subject: Valentine’s Day, Holiday
Genre: poetry, general fiction

It’s Valentine’s Day
            Have students categorize the descriptions of inside and outside. If they don’t look at the pictures, have them draw those descriptions. Possible question to ask – What made the morning shine for the boy?

A Valentine for My Teacher
            Have students draw a picture of how the valentine in the poem is described and then have them draw what the teacher’s face would look like after getting the valentine.

A Valentine for My Best Friend
            Use this poem to talk about the senses and character. Have students find different words that they could categorize.

Our Classroom Has a Mailbox
            Have students explain why the girl is so nervous about how many valentines in the mailbox are for her. Have students explain what the girl means when she say she feels twenty stories tall.

I Made My Dog a Valentine
            Possible question – Would a valentine be wasted on a pet? Explain why or why not.

I Made a Giant Valentine
            Have students find the rhyming words and then add more to the list.

Oh No!
            Have the students explain why the boy is so mad.

My Special Cake
            Use this poem to talk about the author’s purpose or have them sequence everything he put in the cake.

There’s Someone I Know
            Have students explain how and why the character changed from the beginning of the poem to the end of the poem.

Mother’s Chocolate Valentine
            See if the students have a connection to this. Have they ever “sampled” a gift they gave someone?

I Love You More Than Applesauce
            Have the student study how this poem is written. Have them write a stanza or two of their own that follows how this poem was written.

Jelly Jill Loves Weasel Will
            Have students draw a portrait for each of the characters in this poem using their name as their starting point.

My Father’s Valentine
            Have students explain why the valentine got so small and what the boy could have done to keep it from getting so small.

I Only Got One Valentine
            Have students think about if they could only give/make one valentine what would it look like and who would they give it to. Have them make it.

These One Pager (one page for each poem) product is available in this Growing Holiday Bundle. Here is a preview of what is included for This book.
Preview for the One Pager (one page per poem) activities included in a Holdiay Bundle from The Picture Book Teacher.
 The Growing Holiday Bundle will include One Pager activities for the different holiday books I find and want to include. The books included so far are:

Groundhog Gets a Say b Pamela Curtis Swallow
The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll
Presidents' Day by Anne Rockwell
George Washington's Teeth by Deborah Chandra and Madeleine Comora
Abe Lincoln The boy who loved books by Kay Winters

To check out the bundle click HERE.


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Arthur's First Kiss

TBT 16 Teaching Tips for the book Arthur's First Kiss from The Picture Book Teacher.

The perfect Valentine's Day book. Pull it out and check HERE for the 16 teaching tips to bring this book to the next level.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

What I Love About So. Cal. Blog Hop & Giveaway

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Throwback Thursday - A Very Special Snowflake

TBT 18 Teaching Tips for the book A Very Special Snowflake by The Picture Book Teacher.
A Very Special Snowflake has so many teaching tips, you can use this book for whatever skill or strategy you are working on. Check out the tips HERE.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

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