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Winter Dance

Winter Dance”

Opening:   A single snowflake floats through the air, spins, leaps, settles on the nose of a fine red fox. What is a fox to do?

Other animals share with fox what they do in the winter. Squirrel gathers acorns. Turtle buries deep in the mud. Caterpillar wraps itself in a chrysalis.

But none of that will work for fox.

Until another fox comes along.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and beautiful lyrical language.

TITLE: Winter Dance

AUTHOR: Marion Dane Bauer

ILLUSTRATOR: Richard Jones

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: lyrical, nonfiction

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) In the winter, humans and animals wear winter coats. Design a winter coat for an alien or dinosaur.

2) Create a creative dance movement  for each animal in the story.

3) If a snowman were to take a summer vacation, where would he go? Design a travel pamphlet for his vacation destination. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Marion Dane Bauer, visit:

https://www.mariondanebauer.com

To learn more about illustrator Richard Jones, visit:

http://www.paintedmouse.com/about/

ACTUAL SIZE

Actual Size”

Actual Size written and illustrated by Steven Jenkins brings readers face to face with the actual size of an animal’s physical trait. Some featured animals and their traits in this book are a bear’s head, a dwarf goby fish, an anteater’s tongue, and a crocodile’s snout.

Readers can visually compare themselves to the animal by placing their hand against the page to compare and contrast similarities and differences.

Each page informs about the animal’s length, height and/or weight. Back matter includes facts about each animal.

This book promotes creative non-fiction, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Actual Size

AUTHOR: Steve Jenkins

ILLUSTRATOR: Steve Jenkins

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004

AGE GROUP: 4-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative nonfiction, imagination, discovery

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an animal and one of its body parts that you can compare and contrast. Draw that part to its actual size. This activity could also be made into a classroom book.

2) How could you creatively present information about your favorite animal? With a group of friends pick different animals to research. Then write a play or song using the facts you learned. Present your play.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Steve Jenkins, visit:

http://www.stevejenkinsbooks.com

The Most Magnificent Thing

“The Most Magnificent Thing

One day a girl has a wonderful idea to make the most magnificent thing. She knows how it will look and how it will work. After she makes it, it doesn’t look or work how she imagined.

She tries again and again but it still won’t work. It isn’t magnificent.

Frustrated and angry, she quits. Her trusty helper tells her to go for a walk.

When they return, she sees all the things she created. Each one better than before. That gives her an idea…

This book promotes discovery, the creative process, and risk-taking.

TITLE: The Most Magnificent Thing

AUTHOR: Ashley Spires

ILLUSTRATOR: Ashley Spires

PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2014

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, the creative process, risk-taking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick an invention that interests you. What might you change to make it better? What might you add or subtract from it? Can you substitute a different part? What else can the invention be used for?

2) What do you do when you are frustrated? Do you quit, give up? Do you push forward and try again? Do you try a new approach? Tell about a time that you wanted to quit but you didn’t.

 EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Ashley Spires, visit:

https://www.ashleyspires.com/index.html