Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner

Last week we watched the video of Mr. Wuffles by David Wiesner.  I made the video using my iPad.  I then uploaded the video to YouTube so students could watch it later at home. After watching the video we went through the book a second time and talked about what we thought was going on in the story, since the book has no words.

Extension Activity – Alien Comic Printable

This week we are summarizing the 5 books that we read for the Buckeye Children’s Book Award and then voting for our favorite one.  I modeled summarizing  the first book and then the students helped me with the others.  I began with the title and then named the main characters.  Then I said something about the beginning, the middle and the end.  Using this structure, it is   amazing how well even first graders are able to do this for all the books.  For some book report graphic organizers, check out the ones by Enchanted Learning.

The students then voted for their favorite book.  We used the  ballots that were provided on the Buckeye Children’s Book Award website under Librarian or Teacher Resources.


The Dark

This week is our final week for the Buckeye Children’s Book Award Nominees.  We read The Dark by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Jon Klassen.

Lemony Snicket is the well known author of the Series of Unfortunate Events.  Jon Klassen is the author and illustrator on This is Not My Hat, a Caldecott Award winner and last year’s Buckeye Award Nominee.  Before reading the book, we discussed things that people are afraid of.  The list included snakes, spiders, heights, being alone and many more. I tried to use a ghost story telling voice and the students seemed mesmerized by the pictures and the story.

Extension Activities include watching the book trailer, flash light games and shadow puppets.

Tiger in My Soup

by Kashmira Sheth, illustrated by Jeffery Ebbeler

This week we are continuing to read the Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award Nominees.  Our book this week is Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth who is from India and illustrated by Jeffery Ebbeler from Cincinnati, Ohio.  Before starting the story, we discussed what the boy is wearing  on his head on the cover of the book.  We then  looked at the end papers, which look like they were inspired by Andy Warhol’s artwork Soup Cans.

Jeffrey Ebbeler included a house which looks like a tree house on rocks, which were inspired by a vacation home he visited and some Indian paintings. We discussed what kitchen utensils the boy used to defend against the tiger.   After the story we discussed whether the tiger was real or imagined.

Extension Activities include the video of Shirley Temple singing Animal Crackers in Soup , Jeffrey Ebbeler’s website which shows pictures of the house that he based the house on the rocks and sketches showing the artwork process as well as websites about tigers including one from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

This week we are continuing to read the books which have been nominated for the Ohio Buckeye Award.  This week our featured book is Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle.

First we watched the book trailer of Flora and the Flamingo. Then we “read” Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle and discussed what we thought was happening in the story. Extension activities include printing  the activity sheets or watching  the book demo video.  I put additional wordless books on display in the library.