Tag Archives: five senses

Sequoia by Tony Johnston

Schema: trees, nature
Text-to-Self Connection: seeing tall trees, show images of the giant trees, talk about the senses and read how the tree hears and feels things. Also, the book represents the seasons as the tree lives through each year.

Extended Metaphor: The story is told from the tree’s point of view as if the tree is a very old soul.

Personification: The tree takes on human traits as “he smells fire” and “feels a chill.”

What a lovely book to read to children! The beauty of the west coast wildlife is illustrated throughout the book. The feelings of the ancient tree show readers the value of taking care of these beauties. Maybe this book will inspire readers to visit the Sequoia in their lifetime. I visited this area for the first time just a few years ago and even though I had seen the trees on video and in books, it was awesome to experience their magnificence in person.

The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Iza Trapani

Schema: traditional song with new words

Text-to-Self: Five Senses

Sequencing: Seasons

Synthesis: Create a new song based on this pattern but have each student choose a place that they would like to learn more about and use that as the location. Incorporate research on the places as part of the preparation to writing the song. Use each of the five senses in the original songs highlighting sights and sounds unique to the setting of each song.

Duck Tents by Lynne Berry

Schema: camping, ducks, fall

Text-to-Self Connections: fishing

Cause and Effect: Because one duck slips, the effect is that the other ducks “sprawl.”

Use the Observation graphic to chart the activities that go with the five senses.

Inference: What do you infer that the whooo whooo noise is from?

Drawing Conclusions: What do you conclude about why the ducks are not scared at the end of the story?

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa: Horse in the House by Erica Silverman

Cowgirl Kate and cocoa horse in the houseSchema: cover image of the horse eating from a fruit bowl should connect students’ schema to horses, fruit, whether they like fruit, have any animals ever come in their house that should not be in the house?

Text-to-self connections: trying to stop an animal from doing something it is not supposed to do or get things it is not supposed to get

Compare and contrast: the house with the barn

Cause and effect: Because Cocoa flicks his tail, the effect is magazines fly off the table.

Because Cocoa swings his head, the effect is that he knocks over a lamp.

Because he breaks the lamp, the effect is that Cowgirl Kate says he must go to the barn right then.

Five senses: taste: the wax apple, real apple, carrots

sight: the sunlight through the boards in the barn

smell: of leather and hay

sound: of horses snorting and stomping

touch:  Cowgirl Kate petting Cocoa

Drawing Conclusions: Cocoa draws the conclusion that the barn is the best place for him to live.

The Pigeon Finds A Hot Dog! by Mo Willems

Schema: hot dogs, finding something

Text-to-self connections: not wanting to share, knowing what hot dogs taste like

Synthesis: Does a hot dog taste like chicken?

What does Finders Keepers mean?

Predicting:  What do you predict the little pigeon’s idea is going to be?

Math: the concept of half

Text-to-text connections: other Pigeon books