Teaching Third Grade: Comparing Texts

A few weeks ago, I received a special treat from Candlewick Press, Jon Klassen’s Hat Box.  At the time I was in the middle of planning lessons to teach the “comparison of settings and plots between texts by the same author” to teach in a third grade classroom.  The timing was perfect.

I set about planning lessons that included read alouds of each of the books, I Want My Hat Back, This is Not My Hat, and We Found a Hat.  After we read the three books, we compared the plots and settings.

After students captured the information on their graphic organizer, they chose two books in order to write a comparison of the settings and plots.

Even though I used the three books together to teach children how to compare plots and settings, each book is a perfect stand alone read aloud for children.  And so much fun!

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April is Poetry Month: Celebrate with These Titles

April is Poetry Month.  Take some time to celebrate with your students with a few of these titles.

Publisher: Harper Collins

Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Published: January 26, 2016)


This is the picture book version of a poem that was originally published in a collection of poems, Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems in 1978.  This is a wonderful mentor text for listening to poetry read aloud, listening for the rhythm and rhyme in the poem.  Teachers may want to use it as a mentor text for developing a writing piece based on “little moments” or as a personal narrative/memoir type writing piece.

 

In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems by Eloise Greenfield and illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist (Published: January 26, 2016)


“The words can come from a memory, or a dream, or something I see or hear or wonder about or imagine. . . ” states Greenfield in her author’s note.  In this collection of poems, she celebrates the written word and invites readers to look within themselves and discover what inspires them.  A wonderful mentor to help students develop their own ideas through the written word and specifically through the genre of poetry.

 

My Chinatown: One Year in Poems by Kam Mak (Published: January 5, 2016)

In My Chinatown: One Year in Poems, the author explores a boy’s first year in the United States, after emigrating from China, as he grows to love his new home in Chinatown.  Through beautiful paintings, and sparse text, Kam Mak pays homage to family, culture, and a childhood spent in Chinatown.  This is a perfect mentor for many of our students in the United States today as they emigrate from their home countries and try to understand and live within an American culture, while not forgetting their own heritage.

This Is the Earth by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, illustrated by Wendell Minor (Published: February 23, 2016)


This Is the Earth takes readers on a journey through hundreds of years as it explores how humans have affected the environment and shows the ways in which we can all care for the planet.  Wendell Minor’s beautiful paintings and the authors’ spare, rhyming verse work beautifully together.  This is a perfect poem to read aloud on Earth Day.

 

Disclaimer: I received these books from the publisher for review.

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