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Specific Novel & Picture Book Activities - "W"



by Adrienne Soutter-Perrot

read aloud kindergarten, readability grade one

This is an excellent book that presents many interesting facts about water to beginning readers, the text is simple, yet very informative. The illustrations also are helpful for beginning readers since they are interesting and provide clear clues to what the text is saying. Some characteristics of water that this book covers are its different forms, where it can be found, and its importance in the world.

Make rain

This is an easy demonstration that can show students a how rain is formed.

Boil some water in an electric kettle. When steam starts coming out of the spout, hold a metal spoon above it (high enough so you won't get burned!). The steam will hit the spoon and will change into tiny droplets. As the droplets collect on the spoon they will fall and you will have rain.


When Dinosaurs Go Visiting

by Linda Martin

read aloud kindergarten, readability grade one

A lot of preparation has to be done before dinosaurs can go visiting; teeth have to be brushed, nails have to be clipped, goodies have to be made, and much more. But, all of this work is well worth it as the dinosaurs arrive at their friends' home; they dance, eat, and have a lot of fun. When Dinosaurs Go Visiting recreates a realistic picture of what humans do when they go visiting, leaving out the boring drives and boring conversations of course! Its simple text and cute dinosaur illustrations are a treat for young readers approaching this book.

When Parents Come Visiting: This is a good way to have a lot of class input and responsibility for parent visiting times

Read this book before a meet the teacher night, student led conferences, or any other time when parents will be visiting the class. Have a class discussion about things that must be done before the parents visit. Write down the class's ideas on chart paper. Ask the students about appropriate behavior, things to be cleaned, and food to be prepared. Get the things done that need to be done, and re-read to the class about the appropriate behavior ideas right before the visiting time.


Where Once There Was a Wood

by Denise Fleming

readability grade one, read aloud kindergarten

Where once there was a wood, there were many different animals from red foxes to brown snakes. Now, where once there was a wood, there stands houses and shopping malls as far as the eye can see. This book, emphasizes to young children that wild lands and wildlife are disappearing even in our own back yards. At the end of the story, Denise Fleming provides children, teachers, and parents with useful factual information about backyard habitats and what everyone can do to help them survive. This is an easy to read book that can have a big impact on its readers.

Make Habitat Books:

If you are doing a unit on habitats, you can use this book to focus on the animals of a particular habitat.

Split your class up into the number of habitats you want to cover, or repeat this activity as a class for the number of habitats you want to cover. From magazines and books, collect pictures and lists of animals that live in the specific habitats. If you need some help, this kind of information can be found at the web sites listed below. Display and/or show the class these pictures. Ask each child to choose one animal and draw it on a piece of paper. Under this picture have them write: Where once there was a (enter habitat), there was a (enter animal name). Make a title page for the books, with the title: Where Once There Was a (enter habitat). Put all of these pages together and bind them into a book using string or staples.

Hinterland Who's Who Index

National Wildlife Federation