Biscuit decides he is going to sneak with his owner to go to school with her. In my future classroom I would want this book to be read and used as an activity. This activity would be introduced during the first few days of school. I would hope this would make my students feel more comfortable about going to school and safe. We would then talk about if they could bring a pet/animal to school who would they decide to bring. This would be a writing prompt that the students could work on and then discuss together as a class.
Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten-First Grade.
Show and Tell Bunnies is a captivating and heartwarming story about a first grader named Clyde, who is filled with worries and fear before his first show and tell day at school. He searches high and low for an interesting object to bring to school and finally settles on a mysterious fuzzy treasure to bring to class. The object turned out to be a huge surprise and a big hit with his friends as spiderlings hatched from the fuzzy treasure. The author did an amazing job capturing all the true emotions that a young student might experience at the start of a new school year. This book would be an excellent choice to read to my lower elementary grades at the beginning of the school year or before our first show and tell. I would also use this story to integrate a study on spiders in science.
Written by Al Yankovic
Illustrated by Wes Hargis
Billy, a student in Mrs.Krupp's class, is very excited to share what he wants to be when he grows up during the class's show and tell time. He begins by claiming to want to be the world's best chef, and stops Mrs. Krupp when she wrongly thinks he is finished sharing. Billy has many ideas about what he wants to be when he grows up, from a snail trainer to a gorilla masseuse, or maybe a movie director or a dinosaur-dusting museum curator. Mrs. Krupp, fed up with Billy's wild ideas, tells Billy that he needs to pick one thing. Billy responds that his 103-year-old grandfather has held so many different jobs, and he's still not sure what he wants to be when he grows up! At the end of the story, Billy leaves Mrs. Krupp a note saying that he may even be a great teacher like her someday.
This book would be fantastic for a creative writing prompt about what students would like to do when they grow up, and for a discussion about what occupations the people in their family have held. Some of the vocabulary in this book is quite advanced, so a discussion about word meanings would be necessary. I would use this book with upper elementary, fourth and fifth grades.
Show and Tell is the third book in the September Day series and is just as good (if not as convoluted) as the first two. This is a fast paced, suspense-filled thriller with a cast of well fleshed out characters of the furry and not so furry variety. This particular story involves missing children, missing pets and a tornado. I think Shadow's doggie thoughts and actions are the best thing in the whole series. I hope the author writes more September and Shadow books.