Saturday, April 28, 2012

Responding to Books

Making Predictions and Connections
I read the first few pages of this book and stopped at the part when a box is in the kitchen of the house. My class went off and made predictions. I love both of Denise's Buster books they are my favorites!!! She has also written Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp.

I got this book out of  my local library  for my boys, and I had to share it with my class. !!! It's hysterical. I did not have my class respond in writing, but I made a response sheet for next year! We did oral predictions, and no one was able to figure out what was a perfect pet for Bridget Fidget. 

What did you learn?
This story sends the message of how Denise feels about nature. Lots of kids in class commented that she cares about nature. I read this book a few times, sharing more of the habitat information at the back of the book. This book encouraged lots of conversations about animal habitats in your backyard.
This book lets you peek at the lives of endangered animals and learn how to help. 

All of these animals — and many more, from tigers to elephants to polar bears, orangutans to dolphins, penguins to sea turtles — are disappearing, threatened by deforestation, poaching, fishing nets, global warming, and more. After enjoying the book’s eye-catching, dramatic format, kids can follow the simple suggestions offered to help save the animals. 
 Click Here to Get the Reading Responses

The Tall Tall Grass

I wrote the words to her book on a chart and had the kids make illustrations. This chart was used for Shared Reading. 
 We had lots of discussions on the word patterns we noticed.
 We made Tall Tall Grass crayon resist pictures.  The students had to draw with crayon and paint over with watered down black tempera. The more crayon, the better. 


  1. Thank you for sharing these books- they sound wonderful! I appreciate that you shared your response pages. :)
    Conversations in Literacy

  2. You always have such wonderful books and activites to share. Thank you so much!!! I'm a book lover myself!
    Connie :)


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