Category Archives: Discovery

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution”

It’s New Year’s Day and Squirrel doesn’t know what a resolution is.

As she visits her friends, her friends tell her about their resolutions.

Bear resolves to teach others to read. Turtle and Mole resolve to plant a garden. Porcupine resolves to be less grumpy.

Will Squirrel learn how to make her own resolutions?

This story promotes self-discovery.

TITLE: Squirrel’s New Year’s Resolution

AUTHOR: Pat Miller

ILLUSTRATOR: Kathi Ember

PUBLISHER: Albert Whitman & Company, 2010

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: self-discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) “Think of a way to improve yourself. Or a way to use what you’re good at to help others,” said Rabbit. Make your own two New Year’s resolutions.

2) What is one act of kindness you can do for each of the twelve months of the year?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Pat Miller, visit:

https://www.patmillerbooks.com

To learn more about illustrator Kathi Ember, visit:

http://www.mbartists.com/cgi-bin/iowa/artists.html?artist=63

Skunk On A String

Skunk On A String”

A hapless skunk finds himself tied to the string of a balloon. He floats up and away.

Traveling past many places he has never been before – a desert, a city,

   a zoo,

 

   an ocean.

Too afraid of Skunk’s stink, no one will help him. Finally, he reaches a Ferris Wheel, grabs a seat and releases his balloon. But then…

Read to find out the surprise ending.

This story promotes imagination and discovery.

TITLE: Skunk On A String

AUTHOR: Thao Lam

ILLUSTRATOR: Thao Lam

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books, Inc., 2016

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What can you do with a deflated balloon? Brainstorm ways. Pick one of the ways from your list and design it.

2) Using collage, tell a story in one image. Use papers with patterns and textures.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Thao Lam, visit:

http://thaolam.com

Lexie the Word Wrangler

Lexie the Word Wrangler”

Lexie wrangles words instead of cattle. She raises baby letters until they grow into words, lassos words together, herds words into sentences and hitches sentences together to tell a story.

When a rustler turns up, adding letters to words and making other words disappear, ruckus upsets life on the ranch.

The desert turns into a giant dessert.

A rainbow becomes a bow in the sky. Will Lexie capture the rustler?

This book promotes originality, humor, and clever.

TITLE: Lexie the Word Wrangler

AUTHOR: Rebecca Van Slyke

ILLUSTRATOR: Jessie Hartland

PUBLISHER: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor, clever

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) You can be a word wrangler, too!

* Rearrange each of these words to form new words. GRATE, SCOPE, APES, ART, ATOM

* Write a list of compound words. Break the words into two words. Write each word on a slip a paper and fold. Put each word into a bag. Select two slips of paper from the bag. Form a new compound word.

* Drop letters from words to form new words.

2) Write a list of 50 words on slips of paper. Fold and put into a bag. Pick 15 words from the bag. Create a short story, using these words. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Rebecca Van Slyke, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/188927/rebecca-van-slyke

http://rebeccavanslyke.com/about-me/

To learn more about illustrator Jessie Hartland, visit:

http://jessiehartland.com