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Re: Literature suggestions

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Teri Sanford Mason (terily)
Sat, 26 Jun 1999 19:18:38 -0500

I use any book I can find that is related to the subject we are
doing. Then I try to tie it to any prior knowledge. I was a 1st grade
teacher in a previous life, so I have hundreds of early books.
Unfortunately they are all at school. One example is in the fall. I
always get pumpkins donated by the local grocer so that the 4-5s can do
still life drawings. Since they are on the tables, the other kids are
curious. For K-1's, I found a book on a pumpkin patch in the library
(do a search on pumpkins). The illustrations had great horizon lines in
them. So I did a lesson on that, reading the book first, pointing out
the horizon line in each illustration (and reinforcing overlapping,
which we had learned). Then they did sponge painted pumpkin patch
paintings, first drawing the horizon line and then making a large
pumpkin toward the bottom of the page, more pumpkins getting smaller as
they approached the horizon line. Finally, they sponged in the sky,
clouds, etc. After they dried, we used marker to outline the pumpkins
and add vines, etc. They were really great. Plus, the K teachers were
really impressed that the kids were able to pick out horizon lines in
other books that she read to them!
I recommend using your librarian as a great resource. Just ask for
books on whatever you are teaching and she/he will surely be able to
point you in the right direction.

OH ~ one I like, too, is Lucy's Big Mistake which is about a girl who
makes a mistake, her teacher won't give her a new paper, she has to
figure out how to use her mistake to make something else.
Another one is My Head is Full of Colors. I'm sorry I don't remember
the authors right now!
Anything by Eric Carle is great for collage work.

I'll try to get you some more when I get up to school later!