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.

Picture This: Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever!

Publication Date: June 3, 2014

Publisher: Harper Collins

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Super cute story about the author’s children and a haircut that turned into a lesson for one child. 

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Six Traits: Voice:  Read aloud Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! and discuss Sadie’s voice with students.  How do we know she has a big personality?  What are some ways her personality shines through the voice of the character?  Use Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut EVER! as a mentor text to discuss the craft of voice.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review.

 

©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.

In New York by Marc Brown

Recommended Grades: 3-5

Part homage to Marc Brown’s beloved hometown and part travel guide, In New York is a great informational picture book about the largest city in the United States.  I especially enjoyed the illustrations and informational blurbs on the inside front and back cover.

Lesson Idea:


Mentor Text: Writer’s Workshop: Pair In New York with A Poem as Big as New York City to show two different mentor texts about New York City. Invite students to write a “travel guide” for their own city or a city/state/country that they might study. Encourage them to use In New York (or A Poem as Big as New York City: Little Kids Write About the Big Apple) as a model text for their own writing.

 

©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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