The students read several of my books in advance and did activities to reinforce the information and ideas. Here are a couple of examples:
They learned that, based on their height, if they could jump like a frog, they’d be able to leap over TWO school buses! And then they discussed how a frog’s locomotion helped it survive in the world.
I wish I had a photo of 70 third graders sticking out their tongues. That was their introduction to the idea that if they had a tongue like a frog, they could use it to wash out their bellybuttons. Pretty handy, right?
Then we transitioned into how a book is made. I showed them a rough draft, and we compared it to the text in the printed book.
I showed them a couple of illustrator Higgins Bond’s rough sketches and we had a great conversation about some of the changes she made and why they were important. After all, in a nonfiction book, everything in the words AND the pictures has to be accurate.
Oh yes, there was one more thing. Mrs. Zabielski’s class helped me with a super secret project. Here’s a sneak peek:
Curious? Too bad. You’ll have to wait a few months to find out more.