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Mim, Gym, and June by Denis Roche

Mim Gym and JuneSchema: gym for exercising, June is the name of a month and sometimes a person

Text-to-Self Connection: Ask students to notice the mess that Mim has made in the kitchen.  What would your mother say is you made that mess in your kitchen?   Does anyone like being the leader in your line?

In the picture before the book begins, it shows Mim’s mother hemming her pants.  Does anyone have a text-to-self connection with having to hem your pants because they are too long when you buy them?

Text-to-Text Connection: Think Big by Nancy Carlson, Vinney also gets extra food from the cafeteria ladies because he is so small.

Cause and Effect: Because June could not be leader, the effect is that she is angry with Mim.

Inference:  Mim’s mother suggests that she does something nice for June.  We can infer that Mim and her mother make cupcakes.

Ask the students what the cupcake represent besides just being nice to June.  When Mim offers a cupcake to June, the cupcake is a symbol of friendship.  When Junes throws the cupcake on the floor and stomps on it, she is stomping on their friendship and stomping on Mim’s feelings.  When I read this with my second graders I was amazed that they got this.

Drawing Conclusions: When Mim and June talk about the Gym Olympics, they draw the conclusion that they should be friends and be partners because together they could win.

Maybe a Bear Ate It by Robie H. Harris

maybe a bear ate itSchema: reading in bed before going to sleep, falling asleep while reading, losing a book

Text-to-Self Connections: getting snuggley in bed with a book and stuffed animals, think about where you look at your house when you have lost a library book.

Inference: Have students infer what the words would be on the first few wordless pages.

Mental Images: The cat in the story imagines each one of his stuffed animals are real and that each one could have taken his book.  Imagine your own stuffed toys if they were real.  When you imagine a bear eating your book, do you ever imagine it using a fork?  This illustration is a great one to take time to laugh your head off then make a connection with book care and pets.

The Best Book to Read by Debbie Bertram & Susan Bloom

best book to readSchema: visiting the library

Text-to-Self Connections: visiting the library, learning all about what is available at the library, listening to read alouds, learning about the different genres

Text-to-Text Connections: I.Q. Visits the Library by Mary Ann Fraser; in this book students visit the library, take a tour with the librarian and learn about everything available in the library.

School bus connection with field trips

Exploring the different sections of the library

Organizational Strategies: As you read about the different types of books that are mentioned in the book, show your students where those books are located in your library.

Synthesis: The big idea of the book is to learn all about the library.

T is for Teachers A School Alphabet by Steven L. Layne

tisforteachersSchema: cover shows kids in a classroom raising their hands, teacher writing on board

Text-to-Self Connections: so many with every part of the school and all of the people who work there from custodians, crossing guards, nurses, principals, books, and all things to do with education except the counselor who is left out.  When you get to the C, you can ask the kids what else is in their schema about someone who works at the school whose job starts with a C.

Text-to-text connections: other alphabet books

Compare and Contrast: On the O page for the one room school house there is a boy standing with his face to the wall.  Compare that type of punishment with how schools discipline students today.  This conversation with the students is very interesting.

Synthesis: I think the big idea of the book is to practice alphabetical order and learn about every part of the school.

Organizational Strategies: The alphabetical order of the book lends itself to a discussion of the organization of the library.

I.Q. Goes to the Library by Mary Ann Fraser

iq goes to the library Schema: our school library, our classroom, our class pets

Text-to-Self Connections: going to the school library

Sitting in a special corner or area of the library

Listening to stories in the library

Wanting to check out the book the librarian is reading to the class

Seeing magazines, puppets, newspapers in the library

Noticing that we have similar books, chapter, hardcover, paperback

Noticing the different areas of the library: nonfiction, biography

Great time to share the databases where students can hear a story out loud such as Teachingbooks. net

Using shelf markers and putting books back where they go

Book Care

Using computers to access the catalog

Getting papers signed by a parent/guardian

Enjoying the books you check out over the weekend

Text-to-Text Connections: I.Q. It’s Time, The Three Little Pigs

Mental Image: Imagine that you see I.Q. jumping on the mouse and dancing on the keyboard

Inference: We can infer from the illustrations that I.Q. does not have to stay in a cage in the classroom.

We infer that the story I.Q. wore the puppet for went with The Three Little Pigs.  The librarian is also holding the book.

Synthesis: The big idea of the book is how to use the library.  I am synthesizing that there are lots of things to do and learn about in the library.

There Is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems

Schema: Tell me about times you have been upset because someone is bothering you in some way?

Text-to-self connections: Think about how you deal with someone bothering you.  Do you tell on them to someone else like your teacher or parent?

Metaphor: For older children, this book is a great example of metaphor.  The bird on Gerald’s  head is a metaphor for obstacles in our life.

Cause and Effect: Because the bird is on elephant’s head, the effect is that elephant is very unhappy.

Drawing Conclusions: Piggie draws the conclusion that Gerald could just ask the birds to leave.  This is such a simple solution to the problem, but one that many children and adults forget to do when we are bothered by others.

Predicting: What do you predict that Piggie will do after the birds put their nest on his head?

Sequencing: Discuss the sequence of the bird activities on Gerald’s head.

Synthesis: Tell about a problem you are having and what you might do to solve it.  What is someone is bothering you such as pushing you in the line?  What do you think Piggie would do?

Text-to-text connections: other Elephant and Piggie books

Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems

Schema: playing outside, rain

Text-to-self connections: What do you like to do outside?

Compare and Contrast: Things to do when it is raining with things to do when it is sunny outside

Point of View: Seeing a problem from someone else’s point of view helped Piggie.  He is upset that it is raining, but when he sees how much fun the worms are having, it makes him see rain in a new way.

Synthesis: Can you think of ways you have had fun on a rainy day?

Can you think of ways you can help a friend not to be unhappy the way Gerald, the elephant, helps Piggy with using his ear for an umbrella?

Inference: What clues from the illustrations infer that Gerald wants to help Piggie?

Text-to-text connections: Other Elephant & Piggie books

Mental images: Make a mental image of yourself running, jumping, and skipping.

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems

Schema: wanting to stay up late, following rules

Text-to-self connections: having a bedtime schedule, making up excuses, begging for something

Text-to-text connections: The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems

Synthesis: Retell the story using something you really like to do that your parents may not want you to do.  Here’s an example: Maybe you want to go to McDonald’s to play, but your parents are saying no.  What would you say to try to persuade your parents to take you there?

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

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

Schema: list things you want

Mental Images: Make a mental image of the pigeon riding on the puppy’s back like piggyback.

Synthesis: Explain why watering a puppy once a month is not correctly caring of a pet.

What’s not right about playing tennis with a puppy?

What made the pigeon change his mind?

Text-to-self connections: What things have you thought you wanted, but later changed your mind about?

Text-to-text connections: My Penguin Osbert by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel