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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Chalk by Bill Thomson

Recommended Grades: 2-5

In this wordless picture book, three children arrive in the park one day to find a bag full of chalk.  Each takes a piece of chalk and draws a picture, which beautifully comes alive in this wonderfully illustrated book.    

Lesson Idea:


Writers Workshop: Share Chalk with your students and discuss the sequencing of the story.  Since there are no words, the author/illustrator must take careful consideration when drawing the story.  The pictures tell the story.  Ask students to create their own wordless picture book paying careful attention to the sequencing of their story.

Model Text/Transition Words:  You can also use the book as a model text.  Use it to model sequencing by writing a sentence for each page using transition words.  Then, have students use a different wordless picture book to practice writing in sequence using transition words.

Other great wordless picture books are Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie de Paola and Wave by Suzy Lee.  

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