Otis is such a sweet character. I sincerely cry when I read this book because he is so precious. If feels like the message of kindness and selflessness in our world has never been more important. So spending a week on this book is worth every second!
Speaking of kindness, I received a message from a kind teacher who shared a few of her classroom samples. These are from the character analysis lesson.
I wanted to share a testimonial from a sweet teacher in California! She writes:
“Hi Deedee! I’m a kindergarten teacher in Sherman Oaks, CA and I have purchased all of the Guiding Readers units you and Deanna have created. I’d like to start by saying thank you to you both, and to tell you I absolutely LOVE them!I had never read the book Otis before, so when I ordered it last year I ordered 4 of the Otis books (puppy, scarecrow, and tornado too). Last week I read all 4 books, and then led my students through an activity where we described Otis using a Bubble Map. To add to the lesson I asked my students if their descriptive word was a fact or an opinion, and when they said fact I had them prove it with an example from one of the four stories. The lesson went better than I had expected and my kids had fun!I wanted to share this with you as a small token of my thanks for all of the dedication and hard work that you and Deanna contribute to our profession, and to show you how your time and efforts are impacting children all across the country. ️ Thank you! “
In the story, the calf gets stuck in the mud. So we created a little experiential learning lesson to discuss the power of suction. This activity is included in the Guiding Readers companion unit: Science, Math, and More.
Food… Glorious FOOD!
AND because I am trying to be more conscience of my food choices… I can’t help but fall in love with this farm-ish pig cupcakes. Sadly, this image did not have a link. So, if it is yours, let me know.
Here are my lesson plans! Click on the image below to download them with links to the resources.