Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Schema: riding the school bus, bus drivers

Text-to-self connections: begging parents for something you want

Point of View: Who’s POV are we listening to as we read this book?  How does this POV differ from the bus driver’s POV?

Mental Images: Make a mental image of the pigeon driving the bus when you get to the Vroom-Vroom Vroomy Vroom-Vroom! page.

Synthesis: Can you substitute something else that you should not do in place of driving the bus?  How about unhealthy substances such as cigarettes or alcohol.  I have tried this and the kids respond with very animated “no’s!”    School or library rules would also be fun to sub in place of driving the bus.  The students become very engaged with this activity.

Text-to-text connections: all of the other Pigeon books by Mo Willems and No, David by David Shannon


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