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There’s a lot more to Hair Love, by Matthew Cherry and Vashti Harrison, than the book’s title suggests. In fact, if readers look closely at the illustrations, they’ll see that Zuri and her dad are going through something. The dad is not sleeping in his bed, and dirty laundry is strewn throughout the hallways. Ask learners to read the illustrations while watching the read-aloud on Brightly. What do they notice about Zuri’s father? Learners can download this worksheet to record responses.
Author Natascha Biebow reads her book The Crayon Man: The True Story of the Invention of the Crayola Crayon on KidLit. Introduce the book by asking readers to gather clues from the cover. What can they expect to learn while reading the book? Inform readers that their job is to pay close attention to the invention process. Notice what inventor Edwin Binney does to create Crayola Crayons. Download and print the worksheet. Direct readers to record what Binney did to design a useful invention.
Imagine reading a story from space! Astronauts make that easy for us to do. Watch astronaut Joseph Acaba read Notable Notebooks: Scientists and their Writings on Story Time from Space. He reads the book from the International Space Station. The book is written by Jessica Fries-Gaither and illustrated by Linda Olliver. Download and print this worksheet and guide readers to list things they are curious about. Check out SciStarter and Knowledge Quest for some citizen scientist ideas. Then, encourage learners to write the steps they need to take to observe and record their findings.
What does it take to put on a parade? Balloons Over Broadway, by Melissa Sweet, shows us what it took for Toni Sarg to design the giant balloons for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Watch Rocco Staino read this fascinating story on KidLitTV. Ask learners to notice what Toni Sarg’s thought about while creating the balloons. What problems did he have to solve? Why was his final design a success? Download this worksheet from our book Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. Invite learners to follow Sarg’s example and plan a successful parade.
Did you know that humans can save dying coral reefs? Author Kate Messner explains how one man restored coral reefs in her book The Brilliant Deep: Rebuilding the World’s Coral Reefs. The gorgeous illustrations are by Matthew Forsythe. Invite learners to watch Messner read her story and wonder about coral reefs. Download this worksheet to record questions. Encourage learners to find answers to questions by reading books and searching online resources. Resources are listed on the worksheet and in the blog post How Much Do Your Learners Know about the Coral Reefs? on Knowledge Quest.
Think of a time when words in a story were so evocative they made you pause. You may have read the words again to get the full essence of their meaning. Author Nikki Grimes has a way of doing that to me with her book “Words With Wings”. A video clip of her reading an excerpt from the book can be found on the No Water River YouTube channel. Invite learners to illustrate one of the words Grimes describes in her story; butterfly, spring or carousel. Download this worksheet so they can record their thinking.
There’s a lot to notice and wonder about the book Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall. And it all begins with the jacket and book cover. If you have a copy of the book, take a look at the jacket; front and back. What do you notice? What do you wonder? Now, take the jacket off and contemplate the book cover. What do you notice?
Watch a reading of the story on “Storytime With Bill”. We don’t get to see the cover of the book in this video, but there is so much more to notice and wonder in the pages of this gorgeous book. Invite learners to jot their thinking with this worksheet as they follow along. They may find themselves pausing the video along the way to get a good look.
For more information about lighthouses, subscribe to Sophie Blackall’s Youtube Channel. It’s a real treat! We also have more resources that support the AASL Standards Framework for Learners on our home page.
April is National Poetry Month, and author Micha Archer has the perfect book about the craft. Learners are going to love following along with Archer as she invites viewers to participate in her reading of Daniel Finds a Poem. In the story, Daniel spends seven days asking animals what poetry is. They each come up with a different, poetic answer. Invite learners to create their own definition of poetry by downloading this worksheet.
If you like these lesson ideas, please take a look at our book, Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades. This resource includes ready-to-go lesson plans that meet the standards. Worksheets, assessments and rubrics are included.