Imagine my surprise the other day when I found THIS book in my mailbox. Yes, it was a gift ... and a surprise ... read on and I'll explain at the bottom :)
Title: My Teacher is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)
Author: Peter Brown
Publishing: Little, Brown and Company, 2014
Ages: Suitable for 5-8
Theme: Viewpoint, Friendship, Monsters
Opening Lines: "Bobby had a big problem at school. Her name was Ms. Kirby. ROBERT!"
Synopsis (from Amazon):A young boy named Bobby has the worst teacher. She's loud, she yells, and if you throw paper airplanes, she won't allow you to enjoy recess. She is a monster! Luckily, Bobby can go to his favorite spot in the park on weekends to play. Until one day... he finds his teacher there! Over the course of one day, Bobby learns that monsters are not always what they seem.
Why I Like This Book: I love the big, bold, expressive, kid-like illustrations.
As a teacher, I can totally relate to kids like Bobby (you will, too!). And remember when you were a kid and how incredibly awkward and just plain weird it was to see your teacher OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL? Brown captures that awkward moment perfectly.
This book is perfect for talking about viewpoint (i.e., Ms. Kirby isn't REALLY a monster ... yes, I had to convince my own class about that one) and how the illustrations help tell the story (I think it's really cool the way Ms. Kirby gradually morphs from a monster to a real person).
Teaching Resources: Well ... I went with the monster theme for this one, 'cause "kid monsters" are just so fun! Here's what I've collected:
The reason my friend gave me this book (besides the fact that she's such a great gal!) is that she wanted to start a RAK or a "Pay the Kindness Forward" or a "Share the Love" activity ... you get the idea:)
And I was her first recipient! And I had TOTALLY forgotten all about it ~ hence the surprise!
If you would like to "Pay the Kindness Forward" to TWO other people, just let me know in the comments. If more than two people indicate an interest, then I'll use the random number generator to pick two.
What will happen? I'll send you a surprise and then you need to pass on a surprise to two other people.
If you're looking for more fabulous picture books, please be sure to check out the fabulous Susanna Hill and her Perfect Picture Book linky.
Today I noticed the most beautiful art in our hallway. It was created by a class of grade 4 students. These water colour paintings are SO gorgeous I just had to share them with you! I believe the teacher that day was a "Teacher on Call" ... a very talented teacher with an art degree. I wish I knew who you were so I could give you proper credit because these paintings are amazing!
I just finished reading Chapter 7, "Letting Go". As Sandi from rubber boots and elf shoes so aptly said, "... the book has come full circle."
Since I'm a bit late today with this post, and since all my book study buddies have done an excellent job summarizing this chapter, I thought I'd share my favourite quotes from "Letting Go" and leave it at that.
If you haven't already read The Book Whisperer, I highly recommend it. It was even better the second time around!
Thank you, Angela, for hosting the book study!!
Just a little reminder about my Remembrance Day Clipart. You can win it on my fb page or buy it for $2.
Last year I read my class the book What Does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky, in honour of Remembrance Day.
After reading the book, we made these peace plates. They're beautiful and easy to make.
I used plain white plates ~ those very flimsy ones from the dollar store. I put masking tape on them ahead of time. I was very careful to make sure that all the edges were down so that no paint would seep through.
The kids used their water colours. All I told them was to cover the entire plate and that they could use any colour except black, brown or gray.
After their paintings dried, I carefully peeled off the tape, then outlined their peace signs with a black sharpie.
Couldn't be easier!
Another activity I do every year is a Poppy Booklet. Each pair of lines is printed on a poppy-shaped paper, with room underneath for the kids to copy the text. When their printing is finished I get them to colour and decorate the pages. After cutting out each page we then staple them together in a booklet.
And last but not least .... I have some clipart I just made for Remembrance Day. If you click on the images it will take you to my design blog. They're uploaded on my Etsy store right now, but tomorrow I'll get them on TpT as well.
You can find some other great posts on Remembrance Day products and ideas in the linky below.
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