One Little Bag: An Amazing Journey by Henry Cole

Recommended Grades: 2-5

From a tall tree growing in the forest to the checkout counter at the grocery store, one little bag finds its way into the hands of a young boy on the eve of his first day of school.  And so begins an incredible journey. 

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text: Using Pictures to tell a Story:  One Little Bag (April 7, 2020, Scholastic) is a beautiful, wordless picture book.  Share the story with students and discuss the sequence of events as shown through pictures.  This incredible story transports the reader through three generations of one family and the much-loved bag they reused again and again. Ask students to put words to the pictures and write a story based on the pictures.

Just in time for Earth Day, One Little Bag includes a full page author’s note about Henry Cole’s own experience celebrating his first Earth Day and reusing a brown paper bag over 700 times.

Disclosure: I received this book free from Scholastic in exchange for a review.  

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Pink is for Blobfish by Jess Keating

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A nonfiction picture book all about pink animals.  Keating describes the animal, shares an interesting fact or story about each one, and provides scientific data for each animal. 

Lesson Idea: 

Mentor Text; Six Traits of Writing – Organization:  Pink is for Blobfish is a great mentor text for organization and structure.  Read aloud the book to students during a study of animals.  Have them create their own scientific notebooks to include scientific data such as the name of the animal, the species name, size, diet, habitat, and predators or threats.

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A House is a House for Me by Mary Ann Hoberman

January Theme:  Organization

Happy New Year!  Over the next five months (and last month!), I will take time to focus on picture books that you can use with each of the Six Traits of Writing.  Each month will be dedicated to a new trait.

This month’s theme is Organization.  How can we use picture books to model for students how authors choose to organize their writing?

Recommended Grades: 3-5

A House Is a House for Me is a fantastically lyrical book written by poet and author Mary Ann Hoberman.  This particular book is an ode to all the types of homes one may find, not just for animals, but also for things.  The more Hoberman wrote, the more she found “out of the box” ideas for homes.

Lesson idea: Read aloud this book and discuss how the author organized the book into a rhyme about homes.  Discuss how the author thought “outside the box” and found homes for items such as corn, peas, and pickles.  Tie this lesson into a classification lesson related to your science curriculum.  Discuss how the author classified homes by animals, insects, food, and groups of people.  As a class, brainstorm ways you could classify a topic from your science curriculum.  Have individual students or groups of students write a piece related to the science topic, organized into a classification unit.

If you are looking for additional resources and ways to teach organization to students, find past posts under the Organization tag.

**Note** I provide these lesson ideas under the assumption that you are familiar with The Six Traits of Writing.  If you are not, and would like more information on teaching students about organization or any other six traits component, please feel free to contact me at Dlittle[at]linkstoliteracy[dot]com.  I am happy to provide more specific lessons or resources if necessary.

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