Author Study (Chris Van Allsburg)
Third graders study a list of books written and illustrated by the author. They examine facts about the author's life. They take a survey of Allsburg's books read by the students using the Excel spreadsheet.
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Wants and Needs Poetry with Interpretive Painting
A creative and inventive instructional activity on cinquain poetry and painting. Elementary schoolers make a list of things they want and things they need. Then, they write a cinquain-style poem about the most important item from the...
K - 4th Visual & Performing Arts
Introduction to Ludwig van Beethoven
"Ode to la Tortilla" and "Ode to Joy"? Sure! Use Gary Soto's poem to introduce learners to the ode format. After examining the descriptive words Soto uses, class members study a poster of Ludwig van Beethoven, suggest words that describe...
2nd - 4th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Teaching and Learning with The Polar Express
Use a series of extension activities to enhance your class reading of Chris Van Allsburg's holiday classic, The Polar Express. From a biography of the author to filmed book reviews and research about the railroad, kids can take their...
1st - 3rd English Language Arts
Author Study: Chris Van Allsburg
This short presentation provides an overview of the types of things students will learn about as they conduct an Author Study. The focus of this PowerPoint is author Chris Van Allsburg, but you could replace him with any author your...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts
Teaching Point of View With Two Bad Ants
What better way to explain the concept of point of view than from an ant's perspective! After reading Two Bad Ants, pupils identify the point of view of the ants by studying the text and pictures. Then, they fill out a chart that...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Weaving Picture Books into Narrative Writing
Children's picture books are a great resource for identifying and modeling components of narrative writing. A fun and interactive lesson about elements of a story prompts your class to use descriptive language as they analyze characters...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed