This week we discussed the parts of a book. We went over Title, Author, Illustration, Illustrator, Front Cover, Spine, Back cover, Pages and Bar Code/ISBN (book number). I read Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer to the first graders. I invited the students to participate. Whenever I said So, they chimed in and said… they did. After reading the story, the students did a Parts of Book worksheet which also had a pumpkin on it. I did NOT have them follow the directions, but instead had them use the word bank below and then copy the words into the empty boxes above. With the first graders, we did it together.
I did the same parts of a book lesson with the second graders, however, they were able to do the worksheet independent with little difficulty. In addition, I read How many seeds in a pumpkin? written by Margaret McNamara, illustrated by G. Brian Karas which includes the Math concept of counting by twos, fives and tens as well as a lesson about not being able to judge things by their size.