Would You Rather. . . by John Burningham

Recommended Grades: 2-5

Would you rather your house was surrounded by water or jungle?  Would you rather have jam dumped on you or water?  These questions and more are provided for the reader to ponder in this highly interactive book. 

Lesson Idea:

Read aloud Would You Rather… as part of an introductory lesson to inquiry.  After discussing what inquiry is, read aloud this book and allow for students to ponder the possibilities and what they might be left wondering.  Then, model for students your own “wonders.”  Share wonders as a class, and then have students write personal wonders in a notebook.  Encourage students to continue adding to their wonder list as they think of new things to wonder about.  Use this wonder list as a basis for an inquiry project.

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