Tag: poetry

You are the absolute worst.

The end.

Here is a picture of a squirrel in the snow.

The end the end.


I really love this book.

I do, last April for National Poetry Month I used it with my 3rd graders. Because April is such a short month for us, we didn’t get very far with it. I love Jack Prelutsky in general, and I decided to give this one a shot with my 1st graders this year (my 3rd graders are still reading Hugo Cabret, so we kind of skipped poetry month to make sure we finish by June). For some reason after beefing up my Prelutsky collection this year I neglected to get Scranimals, which would have been a great companion with this. Next year.

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Okay, I know this post is months late (the Newbery winners were announced in January). I have a very good reason for this; it took me this long to get my hands on a copy of The Surrender Tree, the last book left for me to read. I finally got it from the library this week, so here are my thoughts on each of this year’s Newbery books.

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beholdtheboldFor National Poetry Month in April I did a Jack Prelutsky unit with 3rd grade. We don’t actually have many Prelutsky books in my collection right now, I’ll be ordering those for next year. So because of that, and because April was short due to spring break, we focused on Behold the Bold Umbrellphant, which is a wonderful book of silly poems (illustrated by the wonderful Carin Berger). The kids loved it, and after we’d read all the poems during week 2 of the unit, I broke them into groups and gave each of them an animal. They worked together to come up with their own animal/object hybrids. So I got  things like doorilla from gorilla, lionopoly from lion, and umbrellican from pelican. Then I used this resource guide from Harper Collins for our game days last week. The kids did the mazes, alliteration game, rhyming game, etc. Next year I’ll expand the Prelutsky books I use, but this was a great age for this project.

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Boogie Knights is a silly, spooky story about the annual Madcap Monster Ball. It’s midnight in the castle, and the prince can’t sleep. His seven ghostly knights in armor (plus a spirited princess) make their way down to the dungeon to dance the night away. While the prince creeps around trying to see what’s happening, werewolves, vampires, and all kinds of ghouls have a great time. This is a neat ghost story and an obvious choice for a silly read aloud near Halloween.

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