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Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements

Schema: school stories, funny spells from old movies such as Freaky Friday

Word Choice: This is a great book to share with students who are practicing creative writing skills.  The word choice in this book sets the tone and adds to the humor.  Check out this great reader’s theater script.  This book is an experience that must be read aloud.

Cause and Effect: Because a weird spell of some kind is cast over Lulu, the effect is that everyone starts talking in doubles.

Thunder-Boomer! by Shutta Crum

Schema: thunderstormSetting: outside on a farm

POV: The narrator is the young girl in the story who tells the story in first person.  The day is hot, and everyone on the farm is hot and lazy except for Dad, then a big thunderstorm begins.

Text-to-Self Connections: Being outside when a storm blows in, feeling the air get cooler; hearing the whole house shake when it thunders; having a dog that gets scared when it thunders

Character Analysis: Dad returns to the rain to rescue their chicken showing his caring nature.  Dad also agrees that they can keep the kitten showing his loving nature.

Mom tells the kids to let the clothes on the line go and get in out of the rain showing that she is caring toward her children.

Cause and Effect:  Because of the storm, the effect is that everyone has to run inside.

Drawing Conclusions: Students will conclude that Maizey is worried about something because she pecks Dad when he is bringing her in and fusses about being in the house.  We might conclude that she is worried about her eggs or a baby chick, but a twist in the story reveals that she was worried about a kitten which they name “Thunder-boomer.”

Sequencing: The family is outside and hot, the wind starts to blow, they run to put up the tractor, get the chickens in the coop, get the clothes off the line, something white blows away, Dad gets Maizey in, Maizey acts unusually fussy, Scooter is scared, they see the underwear outside, it hails,  the rain stops, they let Maizey out and she reveals that she was worried about a kitten.

Sky by Ariane Dewey and Twister by Darleen Bailey Beard

Schema:  clouds, things that we see in the sky, different types of precipitation

Text-to-Text Connections: Both books are about weather and the sky.

The rhymes in Sky will make a connections from nursery rhymes.

Text-to-Self Connections: Some kids will have seen a double rainbow, snow, fireworks, and tornadoes.

Sequencing: Notice in Sky that there is a sequence that leads to the storm, then following the storm the birds come back out again.  Use a Sequencing Chart as you read that begins with the empty sky and continues on the storm and then the birds and butterflies.  Sequence the changes in the sky in Twister and see if there are similarities in how each storm begins.

Compare and Contrast: What is real and what is imaginary on the pages that show things in the sky.  The first double page shows things like kites, airplanes, and balloons, and in contrast, the second set shows dragons, flying saucers, and UFO’s.  There may have to be a third category for Santa Claus and angels since some of us will have knowledge that they do exist.

In Twister, compare and contrast the yard scene before and after the twister hits.

Cause and Effect: Because humans burn chemicals that create carbon residue in the air, the effect is that the air has smog and smoke in it.

POV: In Twister, we hear the story from the POV of  Lucille, the girl.

Inference: Why do you infer that that Lucille starts asking Natt about his scars while they are waiting out the storm in the cellar?

Drawing Conclusions: What text evidence can you find that supports the conclusion that the kids and their mother were very compassionate toward Mr. Lyle?

Alliteration: the sound the porch swing makes and the sound of the thunder crashing.

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree: an Appalachian Story by Gloria Houston

yearSchema: Christmas trees, theme of the White House Christmas tree

Text-to-Text Connection: That Book Woman by Heather Henson and Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile ( historical fiction using cause and effect and drawing conclusions) by Gloria Houston

Author’s Purpose:   Gloria Houston and her family grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina; the historical fiction story depicts what life was like in the early 1900’s during World War I.

Characterization: Characterize the mother in the story and use example from the text as evidence to support your depiction.

Loyal: She went to the rocky craigs to cut the tree that her husband promised to deliver to the church saying her husband was as good as his word.

Self-sacrificing: She cut up her wedding dress to make a dress for Ruthie to wear in the Christmas play at church.  She also used the nylons her husband mailed to her from Europe to make the doll for Ruthie that became the family heirloom.

Sense of humor:  She went along with the preacher about inferring that the people in the holler were hearing the heavenly angels singing on high the night they cut the tree.

Strong: She used the big saw to cut the tree and then loaded it on the sleigh.

Brave and Courageous: She knew how to “make do” with what they had by using honey instead of sugar, herbal tea instead of coffee, embroidering flowers over rips and tears and lowering the hems of Ruthie’s dresses.

Creative: She designed Ruthie’s dress and created the doll who looked like Ruthie.

Organizational Strategy:  the Flashback:  The story begins with the narrator saying the story happened the way that Ruthie told her.

Metaphor: The old woman was picking her geese for the snow

Simile: the road wound like ribbons

Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley

mouse mess Schema: mice, food, snacks

Text-to-Self Connections: quiet sounds, stuffed toys, bedtime snacks;

using brown sugar packed in a measuring cup, the mouse stacks the forms up to build a  sandcastle like structure.  Have you ever packed sand in a cup to build a sandcastle?

Condiments: olives, pickles, catsup–What is your favorite?

Bubble bath in a cup–Have you ever soaked in a bubble bath?

Alliteration: Splish-splash, the milk spills out.

Cause and Effect:

Because the people go to bed, the effect is that the mouse can come out and snack.

Because the mouse makes a mess, the effect is that he wants to clean it up himself.

Inference: As the mouse is going to bed the people are coming down the stairs.  How long do you infer that mouse ate and cleaned in the kitchen?  all night?

Point of View: Is the story told from the mouse’s or the people’s point of view?

Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss

book Schema: books, farm animals, walking in a line

Text-to-Self Connections: Do our pets miss us while we are at school?

Alliteration: animals sounds, pig pouted

Predicting with Context Clues: Where do you predict the animals are going? There is a sign with the word “library” on it, and the frog is carrying a book.

At the end of the book, what do you predict the frog will say?

Sequencing: Sequence the order that the animals went into the library.

Cause and Effect: Because the chicken’s sound is like the word “book,” the effect is that the librarian understood the chicken and gave her a book.

Synthesis: If we get lonesome or bored, where could we go?  What could we do?

Big Idea: When we feel lonely, we could go to the library to find something to engage our minds.

Reader’s Theater: This book would be a fun book to do with Reader’s Theater.

Fly, monarch! Fly! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

fly-monarch-fly1Schema: butterflies, eggs

Text-to-Text Connection: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, the Magic School Bus series with lots of true information in the story

Text-to-Self connections: taking a photo of yourself with your head seen through a hole in a wooden painting

Text-to-Self with the word “metamorphosis”  Have you ever heard of the word “morph” meaning to change like in transformers changing from cartoon characters into machines?  Metamorphic rocks? Migration: what other animals migrate?

Alliteration: Read the poems on the signs.

Reading On: the word “molt” may be new.  Let’s read on to see if we can find out what it means.

Reading On: Proboscis: like a party horn turned upside down.  The part of the butterfly that is used to get the necter.

Sequencing: the stages of the butterfly

Wolfsnail : a backyard predator by Sarah C. Campbell

wolfsnailSchema: In the title: “predator”  What do you know about predators?  Look at the shell on the cover.  Does it make you have a text-to-self connection with seashells?

Mental Image: Water running off of porch;  What if you don’t have a porch?  Can you make a mental image of water running down the curb or parking lot?

Make a mental image of the snail with the tail coming out first.

Mental Image: Imagine if your lips curled out like the wolfsnail’s lips.  Can you make a mental image of that?

Mental Image: Slime trail; imagine if you had to blow out mucus in order to walk or move from place to place like the wolfsnail.

Mental Image: Teeth on tongue: radula

Text-to-self connection: The wolfsnail is climbing up a stem.  What is a stem?  A hosta is a big leafy plant.

Text-to-self connection: Have you ever seen the shiny slime trails on the sidewalk in the morning?  When the wolfsnail retreats he pulls into his shell like a turtle.

Land snail: shell is curled up like a cinnamon roll.

Sometimes we find the empty shells in the flower beds or in the dirt on the playground about the building.

Hermit crabs move from shell to shell, but the wolfsnail grows his own shell.

Before you read the book, read the text inside the front cover of the book.  It tells you that the wolfsnail is a meat eater.

Predicting: Do you predict that the wolfsnail will bite into the hosta leaf?

Predicting: Will the wolfsnail eat the worm?

Compare and contrast: land snail and wolfsnail

Wolfsnail facts at the end tell us that the predators of the wolfsnail are birds and rats.

Potch & Polly by William Steig

potchThe strength of this book is the wonderful examples of figurative language and descriptive words.

Figurative language: “there was an angel with a clown’s face hovering over the bed” on the day that Potch was born which is saying that Potch is a very happy person most of the time.
Metaphor: Polly was a sugar bowl to Potch.

Alliteration:  The author uses an abundance of words beginning with the letter “p.”  He also uses other sounds for alliteration throughout the story.

Inference: Potch has a butler and servants.  We can infer that Potch is well off or rich.

Gammon, his butler, makes an inference that Potch is overweight when he says he should dress as a hippopotamus rather than a skeleton for the party.

Multiple meanings of words: “having a ball at the ball.”

Descriptive words: reluctantly, preternatural, smitten, ensconced

Predicting: Who will be in the box?