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Puzzlers

Puzzlers”

In Puzzlers, readers encounter a parade of animals made from colorful collages of numbers. Readers search collages for a unique trait such as a upside down number, a pair of numbers, the tallest number, and a sequence.

In addition to finding the numbers that make up this frog, find all the numbers that are backward.

In this colorful fish, find a number pattern.

In the final spread, readers find all the unique traits in an animal that no one ever has before seen.

In the back of the book, answers to each puzzler are included as well as other games that can be found in each puzzler.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, parts to whole, and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because readers use their creative and critical thinking skills to discover the numbers (parts) that make up the animals (whole). 

TITLE: Puzzlers

AUTHOR: Suse MacDonald

ILLUSTRATOR: Bill Oakes

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 1989

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): puzzles, animals, numbers

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: parts to whole, imagination, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw your own puzzler using one of your favorite animals, a unique number characteristic, and numbers.

2) Draw a puzzler using a form of transportation such as a bike, car or train with letters of the alphabet.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Suse MacDonald, visit:

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/authors/suse-macdonald/

To learn more about illustrator Bill Oakes, visit:

https://www.firehouse.org/visit-the-gallery/25-bill-oakes

Robyn Boid: Architect

 

Robyn Boid: Architect”

Robyn Boid lives on the ledge of the university’s architecture school. She wants to be an architect when she grows up so she listens and learns.

Before designing a nest, she asks herself questions to investigate. Are nests always best? What comes first: the nest or the egg?

She practices different nest-shaped designs such as a dome, a towering spire, cylinders, and pyramids. Robyn always asks herself: how will an egg fit.

Will Robyn find the answers to her questions and design the best nest for an egg?

At the back of the book are a glossary of architecture terms and teacher notes.

This story promotes creative components of curiosity, risk-taking, and creative problem solving.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because the main character continually asks questions as she experiments with her designs.

TITLE: Robyn Boid: Architect

AUTHOR: Maree Coote

ILLUSTRATOR: Maree Coote

PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 6-9

TOPIC(S): architecture, design process

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: curiosity, risk-taking, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) After reading the book, which nest do you like best? What questions might you ask in order to better understand how to build this particular design? What types of materials and bonding agents can be used? Research answers to your questions. Using trial and error, experiment with different materials and bonding agents. Then build your favorite nest from the book.

2) Invent a new nest design that you think would be fit for an egg.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author and illustrator Maree Coote, visit:

http://bookedout.com.au/find-a-speaker/author/maree-coote/

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