As we move onto activities about sight and touch senses, I am also re-evaluating the books I choose for 5 a day. I was including non-fiction. I am a big fan of reading non-fiction or expository text because it is often lacking from elementary classrooms and home library's. Children can find it more difficult to read and write non fiction as a result, yet this is the type of text they have to read more and more at high school level.
However, for 5 a day books, the emphasis is on TALK and LISTENING not reading and writing. Recommendations from Sue Palmer and Roz Bailey include choosing books that children can quickly memorize, short picture books with strong rhythm or repetition and therefore they can join in with the story. They are then able to 'read' and re-tell stories and gain confidence early.
I will be listing my 5 a day and then adding on a few for extra reading during the week or for guided reading, in the case of schools.
An unknowing mouse sets off a series of events that end a war. The simple rhymes "Drummer sighs. Then surprise!" are easy to remember but along with the illustrations provide lots of opportunity for discussion.
Christopher makes a play clay cookie and goes looking for someone to eat it. As usual with Robert Munsch books, the use of onomatopoeia is strong. Christopher's teacher gets revenge and then the whole class gets to make real cookies.
Looking for a Moose
The journey is often as much fun as the destination and this is definitely the case in this story. Four children and a very smart dog set off to find a long-leggy, dinner-diving, branchy-antler, bulgy-nose moose.
Chuck visits the city for the first time. He can't wait to explore and sets off to see the sights, alone. He soon realizes he is lost and finds a clever way to find his mom again. The playful but simple rhyming style, makes the book easy to read aloud.
What do you see?
Part of a reading book collection, this book is for thinking about looking at the whole picture. An initial look at the illustration makes the reader think they see something and a second look revelas a very different image.
Other books we will be reading during the week:
Seeing by Helen Fost
Touching by Helen Frost
Seeing by Rebecca Rissman
What is Sight? by Jennifer Boothryd
What is Touch? by Jennifer Boothryd