Monday, October 1, 2012

Having Fun with Common Core: After They Read

Today, we’ll look at three very popular books: An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is Sleepy, and A Butterfly is Patient all by Dianna Hutts Aston (illus. by Sylvia Long) and published by Chronicle Books.

The repetition in the main text of these books results in a pleasing poetic quality. And while the language is simple, the statements are sometimes surprising and can provoke a thoughtful discussion.

For example, in An Egg is Quiet, the main text (which the younger child reads)  on one spread says, “An egg is clever.” Most children (and adults) have never thought of an egg in this way before. It is only after the older child reads the smaller, supporting text scattered across the page that the full meaning of the main text becomes clear.

After the Reading Buddies finish the book, ask them to make a list of these unexpected words and discuss why they think the author chose them. Then open a full-class discussion of this topic. Do these “unexpected” descriptive words make students think about eggs in new and different ways? This kind of conversation is sure to address CCSS for ELA: Reading Informational Text #1 and #2.

Have the students repeat the process for A Butterfly is Patient and A Seed is Sleepy. Depending on the time of year and your location, take your students on an egg, butterfly, and seed hunt in your school yard.

If they are careful observers, they will undoubtedly spot some insect or spider eggs in spring. They should be able to find some seeds in either spring or autumn. And if they are lucky, they might spot a butterfly. If time permits, try to identify what the children find.

1 comment:

  1. I love these books! And the idea of using them for Common Core work. Good ideas!