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FOR TEACHERS, PARENTS, AND LIBRARIANS 

Ideas for Integrating My Books with Your Curriculum

Dear Teachers, Parents, and Librarians,

Here are a few ideas I have gathered for using My Books in the prek-3 classroom.  Many more ideas will soon be added here and in the For Kids pages.   Write-A-Story is a good teaching tool for story elements.  

I sometimes get questions about how to help a child with writing talent....  

Allow them to read a lot (a variety of material), and  to experiment with various kinds of writing and creative outlets.   Skills will grow with reading and with writing practice.  But the best gift you can give a child is simply encouragement- building their confidence.  I can tell you from experience, a little encouragement from teachers in childhood goes a long way in helping a budding writer to bloom!


Happy Reading!
Bethany

CURRICULUM SUBJECTS

SCIENCE- gardening, plants, Spring
DRAMA- plays, skits, role-playing
CREATIVE WRITING- letter-writing, poetry-writing
MATH SKILLS-  counting (ordinal numbers)
OPPOSITES
HOLIDAYS AND SEASONS-  Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's Day, Earth Day, Easter, Spring
READING SKILLS- beginning readers

SCIENCE-  Gardening, Plants, Seed Dispersal, Spring, Earth Day

THE WIND'S GARDEN- 
This is a fun concept story with simple science lessons.  A child and her dog plant a tidy garden, watering and weeding.  Meanwhile, the wind blows seeds and creates a natural garden with the help of the sun and the rain.  Gardening tips are given as an end note, as well as a note to help children notice wildflowers planted by the wind.  This is a good book for a gardening or plant unit, a Spring unit,  or for Earth Day.

Some links that could help with a unit on seeds:
Plants and Our Environment- How Seeds Spread
"Dandelion"- poem on seed dispersal

A fun gardening craft is my flower fun glasses activity, or make mudpies!
Spring Crafts, Recipes, and Activities

You can find lots more links for gardening crafts and activities at Spring Fun.


MORE ABOUT THE WIND'S GARDEN

DRAMA-  plays, skits, and role-playing 

MONSTER MANNERS- 

  • This humorous look at etiquette can lead to discussions on behavior and manners. 

  • Teachers have used this book successfully as a springboard for role-playing good and bad manners.

  • Use the text for a skit.  While a narrator reads the story, the story can easily be acted out, with lots of parts for all. 

  • Paper bag masks work well for monster mask costumes and are easy and fun for kids to make.
    Using paper bags large enough to fit over a child's head, cut out eyes, and then let the kids paste on noses, mouths, ears, hair, or horns with colorful paper, yarn, pom-poms, glitter, and assorted odds and ends like bottle caps, straws, and fabric scraps.

    MORE ABOUT MONSTER MANNERS

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THANKSGIVING MICE!-  

The holiday mice put on a Thanksgiving play for their woodland friends.  Using the script within the text as a script, your students can put on a Thanksgiving play as well.  You will need one good reader to be the narrator.  Start with page 11- "Come one, come all, come see our play!  Pilgrim mice sailed on a ship.  They came from England, far away."

  • Follow up your play with a Thanksgiving feast!  Ideas for simple recipes, table decorations, and party games, as well as Thanksgiving tongue twisters, riddles, and an easy-to-read book to make, are on my Thanksgiving Fun Page. 

    Other resources you may find useful:

  • kidsdomain.com- easy Pilgrim hat costumes.   
    Indians can just wear a simple headband with a feather, or make vests out of paper bags.  (Slit the bag up the front, add neck and arm holes, decorate by pasting on colorful construction paper Indian motifs, or cut fringe along the bottom.)

  • 17th Century Harvest Feast-  recipes

  • American Indian stick game- includes instructions

    MORE ABOUT THANKSGIVING MICE!

CREATIVE WRITING- Letter-writing, Poetry-writing

WAITING-FOR-CHRISTMAS STORIES- 
This is a collection of seven short stories.  

  • The first, "Christmas Letters," leads nicely into a letter-writing unit.  The mailbox gives tips for things to write about!

  • The last story, "Christmas Giving," is a good lead-in for  poetry writing.  Rabbit Christmas , a poem, is an excerpt from this story. 
     Finished poems could become Christmas cards, for a special gift.  Use pictures from old Christmas cards to get them started.  
    Or brainstorm the phrase "Christmas is..."  
    Use the poem in the story to demonstrate the concept of refrains, and encourage students to repeat one line in their poem as a refrain.

    MORE ABOUT WAITING-FOR-CHRISTMAS STORIES 

THE WIND'S GARDEN
Kids can submit names for the Wind's Garden Dog at SPRING FUN

THANKSGIVING MICE!
Kids can submit what they are thankful for at THANKSGIVING FUN

VALENTINE MICE!
Kids can submit poems about friendship at VALENTINE FUN


MATH SKILLS- Counting

ELEVEN ELEPHANTS GOING UP!- 
This story about silly elephants cavorting in a department store teaches the ordinal numbers as they go from the first floor to the eleventh floor. 


OPPOSITES

MONSTER MANNERS- 
Students can discuss the opposite characteristics portrayed by the monsters (good/bad, messy/neat, clean/dirty, etc.) and draw their favorite opposites. 
MORE ABOUT MONSTER MANNERS

HOLIDAYS AND SEASONS- 
Throw a holiday book party!  The mouse cheese ball party recipe is fun to go with any of the holiday mice books.  Recipe at Christmas Recipes.

VALENTINE MICE!- This book emphasizes giving valentines to everyone. 
 
For a valentine coloring card from VALENTINE MICE, Valentine stories, poems, jokes, tongue twisters, crafts, party games, recipes, and a place to submit friendship poems, see Valentine Fun.  

MORE ABOUT VALENTINE MICE!

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CHRISTMAS MICE!
- The Christmas mice learn to make friends with their old enemy the cat in true Christmas spirit. 

For printable projects using artwork from my books, Christmas stories, poems, sing-along songs, tongue twisters, jokes and riddles, recipes, party and classroom games, a counting game, crafts, easy gifts kids can make, a place to submit Christmas poems and more, see Christmas Fun. 

MORE ABOUT CHRISTMAS MICE!

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THANKSGIVING MICE!- the story of Thanksgiving, from a mouse viewpoint, and giving thanks.  Good introduction to both Thanksgiving and to theater. (See Drama for skit, feast, and party suggestions.)

Check out my new THANKSGIVING FUN PAGE for printable projects using artwork from THANKSGIVING MICE, simple Thanksgiving recipes and table decorations, a maze, party and classroom games, tongue twisters, an easy-to-read book to make, a counting rhyme, and Thanksgiving riddles and jokes.

MORE ABOUT THANKSGIVING MICE!

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THE WIND'S GARDEN- a good story for EARTH DAY, or to celebrate SPRING,
this book celebrates the world of nature.
Follow-up activities: include *notes from the illustrator on the artwork*, crafts, recipe, links 

Find more ideas at Spring Fun

MORE ABOUT THE WIND'S GARDEN

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EASTER MICE! - The littlest mouse is having such a great time enjoying a beautiful Spring day, he forgets to look for Easter eggs in the Easter egg hunt, but he finally finds the best egg of all.  A celebration of Easter, Spring, and new life.
Find ideas at Easter Fun

MORE ABOUT EASTER MICE!

READING-
Many of my books are easy to read, suitable for beginning readers.  
MAY BELLE AND THE OGRE
and OGRE EATS EVERYTHING are published in an Easy Reader format.  School Library Journal says this:  "A spunky heroine, buoyant text, and irresistible illustrations make this easy-reader a real winner."
MORE ABOUT MAY BELLE AND THE  OGRE BOOKS

More about BOOKS BY BETHANY ROBERTS.


It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish."   S.I.Hayakawa

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