14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy

Recommended Grades: 4-6

In June2002, an unusual ceremony begins in a village in western Kenya.  An American diplomat is surrounded by hundreds of Maasai people. A gift is about to be bestowed on the American people, and he is there to accept it.


This touching story of a small village and their gift for our grieving country after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 is an appropriate book to read as we remember the 10th anniversary of this horrific event.

Lesson idea:  14 Cows for America is a fine book to just read aloud to your class and discuss the events and feelings surrounding that fateful day.  These children have never known a world without color coding and long security lines at airports.  The fact that a small village in Kenya gifted our country with something so meaningful and important to them is a great point of discussion.

Visualizing Text:  If you would like to tie the book into a reading comprehension lesson, read it aloud and model how to visualize text.  Read aloud the book without showing the pictures and model what you visualize as you read.  Most of the text allows for a sensory experience.                

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Christopher Bing

July Theme: Using Picture Books to Teach Reading Strategies

Reading Strategy: Visualization by drawing pictures

Recommended Grades: 4th-6th grade  

The poem,The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere [MIDNIGHT RIDE OF PAUL RE -OS], written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is beautifully engraved and painted by Christopher Bing in this picture book edition.

Lesson Idea: Ask students to close their eyes as you read aloud the poem.  At the end of each page, ask students to visualize in their minds what they just heard and draw a picture.  After you finish reading, show your students the way Bing visualized the poem.                       

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Pictures from Our Vacation by Lynne Rae Perkins

A young boy and girl are given a camera and a notebook to take pictures and write memories of their summer vacation. The pictures don’t quite turn out and they realize that the best pictures are those they can see in their minds.

Writers Workshop
This book could be a great read aloud to get kids thinking about the memories of their own summer vacation. Prior to reading aloud, ask students to bring in photos from their summer vacation.
Lesson Idea: After reading aloud, have students paste their photos in their writer’s notebook and write about the memory.
Visualization
After reading aloud, discuss with students how the best pictures are often the ones we can see in our minds. For a lesson in visualization, ask students to visualize some memories from their summer vacation. Students can list their summer memories in their writer’s notebook and then choose one to elaborate on.