Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Recommended Grades: 1-5

We all have an inner exclamation mark.  The question is, how do we find it?  The story of the exclamation mark and how it took him a little time to figure out what he wanted to say and how to say it.

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Conventions/Finding Your Inner Self:   Exclamation Mark is an excellent mentor text for two very different topics.  On a surface level, use Exclamation Mark as a mentor text when discussing conventions and end marks in particular.  The font size in the text makes for excellent discussion around the use of the exclamation mark.  On a deeper level, the Exclamation Mark is a metaphor for finding your inner self and sharing it with the world.

©2014 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

I Am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer

Recommended Grades: 3-5

I am Abraham Lincoln is part of a (fairly) new biography series on people who change the world.  Abraham Lincoln was a kid who stood up to bullies and believed in fairness for everyone. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Biography/Persistence:  Read aloud I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change World) and discuss how his actions as a child created the adult he became.  How did having the trait of persistence lead to Abraham Lincoln’s prolific political career and guide his core beliefs as a child?

Note to Teachers: While the author provided some photographs as back matter, I’m not entirely sure of the historical accuracy of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood as portrayed in this book.  Use this information as a springboard for a discussion on how to use/determine if information is historically accurate or not.

©2014 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson

Recommended Grades: 4-6

 A fence separates the black side of town from the white side of town.  How does the fence bring two little girls together? 

 Lesson Idea:


 Mentor Text: Civil Rights/Character Development: Read aloud The Other Side and discuss how the characters change by the end of the story.  In what ways do the characters grow?  How does the time period effect change?  Discuss the symbolism of the fence.  What can the reader infer?

 

©2014 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman

Recommended Grades: 4-6

A wonderful story about persistence and overcoming obstacles, this biography tells the story of Wilma Rudolph, the world’s fastest woman.  

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Biography/Persistence/Author Study: Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman is a great mentor text when discussing the genre of biography, perhaps as part of an author study of Kathleen Krull’s work, or as a model for persistence.  Wilma had to overcome many health obstacles.  She then participated in the Olympics and won three gold medals, the first American woman to do so at a single Olympics.

©2014 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Flight of the Honey Bee by Raymond Huber

Recommended Grades: 4-6

A great informational text about the honey bee, the planet’s greatest pollinator and one of nature’s most important creatures. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Nonfiction Picture Book/Comparing Information:  Read aloud Flight of the Honey Bee(a Maryland Black Eyed Susan nominee) and discuss the role of a honey bee on our planet.  Instead of fearing bees, we should do what we can to save them as they are in danger of dying out.  Pair the book with the article, “The Plight of the Honeybee” in National Geographic for students to compare information.

 

©2014 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton by Meghan McCarthy

Recommended Grades: 4-6

Betty Skelton wasn’t  your average girl in the 30’s.  While most girls were content to play with their dolls, Betty was playing with her metal plane.  This led to a life filled with breaking records and stereotypes. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Biography/Persistence/Writer’s Workshop:  Read aloud Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton and discuss Betty’s various successes.  How did persistence pay off for her?  Learn more about Betty by reading the back matter.  Use Daredevil: The Daring Life of Betty Skelton as a mentor text when students are writing biographies.

 

©2014 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

George Ferris: What a Wheel by Barbara Lowell

Recommended Grades: 4-6

An informational book about George Ferris and his journey to build a large moving wheel for the World’s Fair in Chicago, the Ferris Wheel. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Comparing Media:  Read aloud George Ferris, What a Wheel! (Penguin Core Concepts) and discuss the information learned about George and the Ferris wheel.  Take notes on a class chart.  View the video George Ferris: Ferris Wheel at How Stuff Works and provide a note-taking sheet for students as they view it.  Ask students to compare the information they learned from the book with the information they learned from the video.

 

©2014 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.

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