Schema: sounds, listening, wondering what they are
Text-to-Self Connections: Using your imagination to think of what is happening
Text-to-Text Connections: Winnie the Pooh, Bear Wants More, and other seasonal books
The story is told in partly second person using the pronoun “you” as the animals gather and follow the sounds. As they walk on, the snow is melting, baby birds are hatching, and suddenly the big egg cracks and out pops spring.
Onomatopoeia is illustrated with almost a word on every page.
Synthesis: What do you notice that tells you the seasons are about to change? What is your favorite season?
Schema: snuggling up in a quiet place to sleep, what cats like
Predicting: Predict why Homer will not like the places he chooses to sleep. Post Office: sneezes, noise; fire station: bell and alarm; empty boxcar: train comes
Text-to-text connection: Dewey: There’s a Cat in the Library by Vicki Myron
Text-to-Self: cat pets
Words in context: Scarce, the slip of a ship, ukulele
Onomatopoea: many sounds words
Sequencing: Counts his things, goes to bed, hears cat, invites them in
The moon grows more beautiful to Robert, a lonely fisherman, as his life is filled with happiness from his new cat friends in the cumulative pattern book.
Schema: farm animals and sounds
Text-to-Text Connections: Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
Use the cluster word web to describe the farm animals attributes. Write farm animal in the center, then add the animal and their attributes in the extended bubbles.
Cause and Effect: Because Hilda Mae Heifer was hit in the head, the effect is that she has lost her memory about who she is and the sound that she makes.
Schema: pets; what do your pets do that make you love them?
Word Choice: This is a great book for verbs. The cat has lots of actions.
Many words that represent sounds are used.
Cause and Effect: Because the cat jumps into the paint, the effect is that the mother loves art and thinks he is artistic too.
Text-to-Self Connections: Share places your pet has jumped into.
Synthesis: After reading, write you own story about what your pet did to make you love him.