Friday, February 6, 2009

What's Your Favorite Picture Book?












  • With end-of-the-year state testing quickly approaching, many upper grade teachers are using picture books to review Communication Arts skills, and they have requested names of books to use.

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Some of my favorite books are:


Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey

  • Beginning, middle, end

  • Alliteration (in newspaper pictures)

  • Foreshadowing (notice signs of burglars throughout)

  • Plot





If You Hopped Like a Frog by David Schwartz

Predicting










Lighthouse: A Story of Remembrance by Robert Munsch

Infer/Draw conclusions (What happened to Grandpa?)

Questioning: I wonder ... (I wonder why she put a flower in her hair.)

Warning: The Lighthouse book is sad and may make you cry.





Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

Summarizing

Powerpoint lesson posted @: http://cherylsclassroomtipsdi.blogspot.com/search?q=summarizing

Duke Ellington by Andrea David Pinkney

  • A plethora of figurative language included
  • Nonfiction
  • Beginning, middle, end

Unlovable by Dan Yaccarino

  • Beginning, middle, end (plot)
  • Strong verbs (author mainly put said to bed)

Yours Truly, Goldilocks by Alma Flor Ada

  • Friendly letter format
  • Excellent word choice

The Weighty Word Book by Paul M. Levitt, Douglas A. Burger and Elissa S. Guralnick

  • Vocabulary in story format

I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince

  • Onomatopoeia

Please consider posting your favorite picture books for other teachers to use or e-mail me at cdick@mail.nixa.k12.mo.us, and I'll post them for you. Most of the above mentioned books are recommendations given to me by other teachers.

3 comments:

Debby said...

Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
~Excellent for inferring

Anonymous said...

The Picnic We Had this Sunday Past.. Jacqueline Woodson
- great for modeling description and mental images

Anonymous said...

The Lorax by Dr. Suess is great for inferring and predicting