The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce

Recommended Grades: 3-8

Morris Lessmore loved words.  He loved stories.  He loved books.  But every story has its upsets.  The power of story will save the day. 

Lesson Idea:

Motivating Readers:


Mentor Texts: Read aloud The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore and discuss the power of story.  Read aloud the note about the author and discuss how the power of story saved the day in the writing of this book.  Share the Academy Award winning short film (or parts of it), inspired by the story.  And most interesting of all is the groundbreaking story app that brings the book to life.  The app animates the pictures of the story and adds sound to make a truly interactive experience.

©2012 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.

Library Lil by Suzane Williams

Recommended Grades: 3-5

An original tall tale about Lil who was born with a book in her hand.    

Lesson Idea:


Writers Workshop: As part of a unit on tall tales, read aloud Library Lil and discuss the elements of exaggeration that exist.  After examining the elements of exaggeration through multiple mentor texts, ask students to write a tall tale about themselves.

©2012 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.

How to Teach a Slug to Read by Susan Pearson

Recommended Grades: K-2

A cute story of a slug who gives his top ten tips on how to teach a slug to read.  The tips mirror actual strategies that adults should use when teaching children to read. 

Lesson Idea:


Motivating Readers: Read aloud How to Teach a Slug to Read and discuss how the strategies are similar to strategies teachers or parents use with children.  Create a class list of strategies good readers use to post andrefer to as students are learning how to read.

©2012 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.

Big Plans by Bob Shea and Lane Smith

August Theme: Motivating Readers

Recommended Grades: 3rd-5th grades

In Big Plans a little boy sits in the corner of his classroom plotting his future and his plans are BIG! With the help of his bird and a lucky stinky hat, he may become Mayor, President, or fly to the moon!  

Motivation
A great book to use to guide students to think about their own big plans. This book could be a great discussion starter at the beginning of the school year to elicit student plans for the year and to motivate them to create plans. This book can be used in a number of ways:
Lesson Plan Ideas:
Goal Setting: After reading aloud this book, discuss the ideas of making goals with your students. As a class make a list of goals to complete for the year. Post them prominently so students can see when goals are achieved. In addition, ask students to make individual goals. For younger students, this may only mean one or two goals – or conduct a shared writing with younger students to determine their goals. Older students should be able to make four or five. Don’t get caught up in the number of goals though, each child will be different. Throughout the year, revisit the class goals and individual goals and determine how to meet them and if they have been met. In addition, students may want to revise their goals or add new ones.
Writers Workshop: After reading aloud this book, discuss the idea of having dreams and goals (BIG plans!). Ask your students to create a list in their writers notebook of their dreams and goals (no matter how far fetched!). Later on in the year, when students need a writing piece, they can choose one of their dreams or goals to elaborate on. Perhaps they will want to write down the steps they may need to take to reach a goal. Or, if a goal has already been met, perhaps they would like to share what they did to meet their goal.

©2010 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.

Book Fair Day by Lynn Plourde

August Theme: Motivating Readers

Recommended Grades: 3rd -5th grade

In Book Fair Day, Dewey Booker, a real bookworm, is horrified to learn that his class will be the last to visit the Book Fair at school this year.  Will any books remain?  Once he finally arrives, all of his classmates look to Dewey for recommendations.  When he’s done he looks around to notice all the books are gone!  What will he do?

Lesson Idea: In the first month of school, consider combining building your classroom community with activities and lessons that motivate readers.  Read aloud this book and discuss with students how despite Dewey’s fear that all of the best books will be gone, he stops to help his classmates find books that are just right for them.  Consider having your own “Book Fair Day” in your classroom.  How?  Ask students to bring in 2-5 books they read over the summer that they would like to recommend to their classmates.  Pick a day and have students walk around to each of their classmates and hear book talks about their books.  If students are willing, ask them to recycle their reads so that their classmates can read what they recommend.

©2010 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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