Back to School Picture Book & Freebies

For the last several years I’ve started my year off with this humorous book, Don’t Eat the Teacher by Nick Ward.

Summary from Amazon: “It’s Sammy the shark’s first day at school – and he’s very excited. But when Sammy gets excited, he BITES things! CRUNCH! Can he get through the day without causing too much trouble? A crunchy, munchy book for tiddlers everywhere. ‘A book you can really get your teeth into.’ ”

Here are some of the things I like to do with this book:

1. Pre-Discussion: Talk about the cover. Is this fiction or non-fiction? How can you tell? Why do you think there’s a bite out of the page? What clue does that give us? What do you think might happen in this story? Let’s listen to the title again … Do you think the shark WILL eat the teacher?

2. Prediction graph. Have the kids colour and put their names on the sharks below. They can glue them onto chart paper indicating their prediction about whether or not the shark will eat the teacher.

clipart for prediction graph

3. Post Discussion:  Refer back to the prediction graph and discuss whether or not Sammy really did eat the teacher. How do you know? (It’s actually not clear whether or not he does).  Is Sammy mean or just excited? Are you excited on the first day of school? What does Sammy need to learn? How can his friends help him learn this?

4. Have the children draw a picture showing whether or not THEY think Sammy ate the teacher.

5. Make these oh-so-cute sharks (click the pic for directions).

6. You could also use this very cute story map that I found at The Picture Book Teacher’s Edition.

I think it’s a little difficult for Grade 1s at the beginning of the year, but it’s perfect for Grade 2 or 3. (Shawna has tons of other great picture book ideas, too!)


18 thoughts on “Back to School Picture Book & Freebies”

  1. I LOVE this book! I use it on the very first day of school. I made a little game to go with it. It has pictures of me as I was growing up so the kids can get to know me better. They put a piece of candy on the pictures and take turns taking the candy off (M&M). One of the pictures has secretly been picked by the other players and when the student touches that one the kids yell “Don't Eat Mrs. Peterson”. It's a fun activity for the first day. Thanks for sharing the other activities. I'll have to try them too.Sheree PetersonPetersons-Pad

  2. Hey Barbara-Just take that shark pattern you've got, and fix it to a paper lunch sack so the kids can make their own shark puppet- then get your retelling on!And I've never read this book, so I must go adjust my Amazon order post haste!~HeatherThe Meek Moose

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this book, I love how he might he eat the teacher and you have the kids predict the ending. I linked up too! I also set up a linky party for “Classroom Design and Bulletin Board Ideas”. Most everyone is going to be posting pics of their classroom, bulletin boards, word walls, libraries etc.. so I thought why not have a linky party. I would love to see what clever ideas you have up your sleeve. Stop by when you are ready to link up.Thanks so much,Jessica

  4. Thank so much for sharing this book! I found you through the linky party–I also became one of your new followers!

  5. My preschool class loves this story! They love to yell “crunch” as I turn the page to see if Sammy took a bite! I drew a shark on cardboard, cut the mouth out and will take a pic of each child getting “crunched” !!! And I love the craft idea and making it into a puppet!


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