Best Teaching Compliment Ever

I am already looking ahead to next year before this year is even over. I am not in a classroom this year. I haven’t been in a couple years and as I transition back I am nothing short of giddy.  I miss the students, the relationships, the fun had in learning. I have elicited my father’s help in making several items for my 6th grade class next year.

First, he made me a makerspace Lego table from the plans found on Anna White’s blog. I just have to stain it and will post pics when I have done so and have it all set up in my new room.

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Click Pic to Check out Anna White’s Blog and Lego Table Plans

 

Second, I have asked him to make me one large PVC anchor chart holder for my main charts and 6 small table top PVC chart holders for my literacy centers which will hold the directions and needed notes for all centers.

I also explained my plans for alternative seating, what the makerspace will be used for, and what occurs in literacy centers.  To which my father replied, “Sounds like all your doing is playing around and having lots of fun.”

YES!! Mission accomplished.

Can’t wait to post pics and share ideas throughout my teaching next year…stay tuned!

The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

#32 of the picture books that I have been sharing and the last one, at least for a while. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Be sure to go back through and see what you missed.

The True Story of The 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka- Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

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You thought you knew the story of the “The Three Little Pigs”… You thought wrong.

In this hysterical and clever fracture fairy tale picture book that twists point of view and perspective, young readers will finally hear the other side of the story of “The Three Little Pigs.”

“In this humorous story, Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs…. Smith’s simplistic and wacky illustrations add to the effectiveness of this fractured fairy tale.”
Children’s Literature

“Older kids (and adults) will find very funny.”
School Library Journal

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book True Story of the 3 Little Pigs?

Point of View
Whose point of view is the story being told from?
Is this story being told in first person or third person?

Characterization
Why does the wolf feel he is mislabeled as big and bad?
What does it say about the wolf’s argument that he is not bad when he eats the first pig? Was the wolf right in not allowing food to spoil?

Inference
How can the 3 little pigs story be about a sneeze and a cup of sugar?
The wolf infers that the straw house was not his fault but someone else’s. Whose? Why would the wolf refer to the third pig as the brains of the family?

Summarizing
Write your own article based on book by summarizing the wolf’s story.

Cause and Effect
What caused the straw house to fall down?
What cause the house of sticks to fall down?
The wolf trying to get into the third pig’s house was a result of what?

Discussion Question
Do you feel the wolf was framed?

Compare/Contrast
How does this version of the story compare/contrast to the original version?
Create a Venn diagram or chart comparing and contrasting the two versions of this story.

Extension Activities
STEM – Have students create houses and see if big bad wolf (hairdryer or large fan) can blow them over.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs can be found on Amazon click HERE

Also available in Spanish on Amazon click HERE

 

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Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

#31 of the picture books that I have been sharing, (only one left to go). Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage.

Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’Byrne – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

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Rabbit is bored. What shall he do? Luckily, Wolf has the perfect solution. “Why not write a story?” he suggests. Rabbit thinks this is a great idea! And so Wolf teaches Rabbit to use his imagination to create the perfect story with lots of exciting props and interesting characters. Rabbit is desperate to know what happens next when it suddenly becomes clear that Wolf is very hungry —uh-oh, so that’s how the story ends. But Wolf hasn’t reckoned on Rabbit’s excellent imagination. . . .

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Use Your Imagination?

Theme
– Be careful what you wish for
– Imaginations are important

Inference
– What story is referenced with the big ear, big eyes? What could this imply?
– What story is reference with the little red cape? What could this imply?

Grammar
– Punctuation use for exclamation marks, question marks, and quotation marks.

Compare and Contrast
– Compare to Little Red Riding Hood story.

Irony
– The wolf thought he was in charge of the story but who ultimately has the upper hand in this story?

Characterization
–  How does the Wolf manipulate the story to go the way you wants? Why does he do this?
–  Why does the rabbit go along with the wolf’s plans? Why does he do this?

Writing Activity
– Use your imagination to write your own story for wolf and rabbit.
– Create another story using some of rabbits suggestions that Wolf did not like.

Use Your Imagination can be found on Amazon click HERE


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