blast selecting books for our October bundle. We chose a couple of new best sellers, and a few old favorites this month. We selected stories that were complex enough,
they would lend themselves to span across 3-4 days. We plan to dive deep and
cover many Common Core Literature Standards while also giving ourselves time to
respond to the text with writing and art.
text to deepen their understanding of the stories. We created graphic organizers and
writing in response to text activities to incorporate writing standards. We
also incorporated an art piece to compliment each read-aloud and designed
bulletin board headings to display the work.
will read the book for a different purpose and students will complete a
Beekle is a
heartwarming story that will ignite your students’ imaginations as they travel to a place of imaginary friends and unbreakable bonds of friendship. Beekle is an imaginary friend who is searching for a child to imagine him. Instead of waiting to be chosen, Beekle decides to search for his friend. Readers follow him on his journey to the real world, where he explores strange real world things. Beekle has a fun twist at the end that students don’t typically catch the first read. Its clever story-line requires inference and analysis of illustrations, which make it perfect for a close read. We decided to use the 5 w’s (who, what, where, why, when) to discuss the key ideas and details of the story. Students also found adjectives to describe Beekle. Then, students imagined their own friend and wrote adjectives to describe him/her. Finally, students filled out a 5w’s page on their own imaginary friend and used their graphic organizer to write their own story.
Piggie Pie is a truly hilarious story about Gritch the witch’s quest for pigs to make piggie pie. She flies to Old MacDonald’s farm to find some plump piggies to satisfy her craving. When she arrives at the farm, there isn’t a piggie to be found. The piggies have outsmarted Gritch by disguising themselves as other animals. This story keeps students laughing the entire time. Students squeal at the end, when Gritch meets Mr. Wolf and they each have their own agenda for lunch. Zoom Broom, the squeal, is equally entertaining. This round, Gritch has a craving for Rabbit Rye. Her broom breaks down on her way to snatch rabbits from the Farmer in the Dell. She visits Foxy’s store to buy new transportation, where she isn’t impressed with his cheesy sales tatics.
During these lessons, we compared and contrasted the two stories. For Piggie Pie, we focused on key ideas and details by having students complete a “somebody-wanted-but-so-then” flip book. Students wrote an alternate ending to the story and designed a disguise for Gritch to hide from the wolf. After discussing the key ideas in Zoom Broom, students were able to complete a venn diagram, comparing the two stories.
We have written detailed lesson plans for each of these books that can be found
in our Teachers-Pay-Teachers store. You can purchase each read aloud separately
or in the October Bundle.