Sunday, May 30, 2010

1st Grade Mo Willems Activities

One of my absolute most favorite authors is MO WILLEMS! His "Elephant and Piggie" books are big hits for early readers in our library, and we also love Knuffle Bunny (one AND Too). But his "Pigeon" books are, hands down, the most popular of his books. "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" is a must-read, if you haven't read it, about a crazy pigeon who wants to drive a bus. He begs, pleads, and cajoles the reader, leading to a chorus of screamed "NO!"s in the library! Lots of fun.

I love the Pigeon so much I created a video called "The Pigeon Finds a Library" using IMovie, student help, and my husband's silly voice, to help our students know the library rules.

Here are some of our own "Knuffle Bunny" collages and ideas for Mo Willems' next pigeon books! Our "Knuffle Bunny" collages were inspired by the thought: What if Knuffle Bunny was lost at Hillside School? I took pictures around the school, printed them in black and white, and the students imagined a scene.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

1st Grade Collage in the style of Lauren Child

First graders complete an author study of Lauren Child, British author, former lampshade designer, and now TV writer. Her Charlie and Lola books are such a big hit every year in the library! We always read "I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato" to kick off our unit and discuss healthy eating choices. Then we move on to "I am too absolutely small for school" and "I am not sleepy and I will not go to bed." We never forget "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?" and we sing the old Disney tune to go along with it.

Lauren Child uses collage, flat-on-flat glued together photos, wallpaper, and textures, to create interest. We discuss collage and how it helps the reader stay interested.

We created our own collages in the style of Lauren Child! Students were asked to come up with their own 'imaginary name' for a common food that Lola would not eat, as Charlie tries to convince her to eat using this new imaginary named food.