How to be Famous by: Michal Shalev
I just came across this book where an egocentric pigeon tells stories about how famous and beloved it is, though the pictures suggest otherwise. This pigeon could give Mo Willems’s bird a run for his money. It would be fun to compare and contrast the two pigeons!
There is a lesson for close reading of the entire text on readworks.org for this book. Students identify the main events in the story and track their sequence to determine the author’s message. You can find the lesson here.
writingfix.com offers a variety of lessons to improve each of the Six Traits of Writing. Bubba the Cowboy Prince is a Cinderella story that can be used for compare/contrast AND there is a lesson plan for IDEA development.
I love to use this book for a writing mentor text! It is written in second person, the YOU voice. It can also be used for opinion writing.
Duck! Rabbit! is a great book to use when teaching opinions. Click on the link to see a first grade teacher’s blog and her use of this wonderful book.
First Grade Blog
Anyone who works with children or is a parent should read this book.
The Dot is about a girl who is encouraged by her teacher to take a risk. The girl is filled with self-doubt. The support of her teacher gives her confidence to take risks. She then passes on her teacher’s words of wisdom to another student. A beautiful story about the power of teachers.
Lesson Plan Link Link has a detailed lesson plan from the ReadWorks website for this book. The Heidelberg project is an art community in the city of Detroit.
This is another book that is easy to use with multiple strategies. Come to my office and borrow it! Links to Lit lessons on the Daily Five Cafe website.
This book could be used with nearly any strategy on the CAFE menu. There is a link to a lit lesson on the Daily Five Cafe website.
This is a timely book that never gets old. Wonderful to use when teach letter writing.