Rhyme Crime

“Rhyme Crime

A crime has happened! Each time the thief commits another crime, the stolen item gets replaced with a rhyming item.

This fun caper introduces young readers into the world of rhyme.

But what happens when the thief comes across a word that doesn’t rhyme with another word? Will the thief get caught?

This book promotes imagination, creativity and humor.

TITLE: Rhyme Crime

AUTHOR: Jon Burgerman

ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Burgerman

PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creativity, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create two scenes that could be added to this story. Create a character that wears a coat. Think of words that rhyme with coat. Choose one of the words to replace coat. Draw the new scene with your new word.

2) Make a list of things that you might find in a school backpack. Next to each word, write a rhyming word. Give your list of rhyming words to a partner and have him or her guess what the original item was.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Jon Burgerman, visit:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2144993/jon-burgerman

https://jonburgerman.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Doughnuts!

Creative Thinking Prompt: Doughnuts!

Yummy! Today is National Doughnut Day!

Imagine you are the Lochness Monster, a centaur, a mermaid or a unicorn enjoying a delicious doughnut. What part of that doughnut do you enjoy eating the most? The flavor, the frosting, what’s inside the doughnut, etc.

Create a new doughnut for an imaginary creature.

What will the flavor be? How does the flavor connect to your creature?

What type of frosting or glaze will you use?

What will the shape of your doughnut be – a fritter, a jelly-filled, a cake, a longjohn, or something else?

What decorations will you add?

What will you name your new creation?

EXTENDED CONNECTIONS:

Did you know that the doughnut was created on a ship? Read The Hole Story of the Doughnut, a picture book written by Pat Miller, to learn how the doughnut came into existence.

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

“Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems”

Teaching children at a young age how to be present and how to self-calm can become a beneficial skill that can help them later in life when faced with stress. In Breathe and Be, mindfulness poems set the stage for children to calm, relax, and be. These poems use nature analogies that children can easily relate to.

By the end of the book, a sense of calm and serenity prevails. Readers connect mindfulness with the beauty of nature. On the book’s back cover, this poem portrays rushing thoughts and centeredness.

Gorgeous illustrations create a soothing peacefulness while illustrating how readers’ awareness of their thoughts can promote mindfulness.

This book promotes visualization, flexible thinking, and nature.

TITLE: Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

AUTHOR: Kate Coombs

ILLUSTRATOR: Anna Emilia Laitinen

PUBLISHER: Sounds True, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: visualization, flexible thinking, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Jon Kabat-Zinn, creator of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, is quoted: “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises through paying attention on purpose in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.” As an act of mindfulness, sit quietly in nature. Pick a small square of dirt to observe. For five to ten minutes focus only on that patch of earth, watching nature happen.

2) Try your hand at writing a tanka poem. A tanka poem has five lines. The first and third lines have five syllables. The second, fourth and fifth lines have seven syllables. Here is an example that I wrote.

Up Above

by Ann Kelley

dollops of whipped cream

drift across speckled blue sky

like scoops of ice cream

piling higher and higher

until melting raindrops pour

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Kate Coombs, visit:

http://www.katecoombs.com

To learn about illustrator Anna Emilia Laitinen, visit:

http://www.annaemilia.com