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How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

How to Heal a Broken Wing Lesson Plans

March 26 Deedee 3 min read

How to Heal a Broken Wing is one of my favorite books to use as an illustrative study mentor text.   This book is essential any kindergarten classroom and I will tell you why!

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Reading

I’ll start with reading.  We use this book in our Guiding Readers units because it BEGS to be read over and over again.  I have said this many times, you can’t have a meaningful conversation about a book that does not grab at your heart.  You can’t talk deeply about a book when that book lacks depth.  This book does that.  It makes you FEEL and it makes your students FEEL!  What is amazing about this book is its simplicity!  The text is accessible for early learners. 

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

One activity we do with almost every Guiding Reader unit has a retelling of the text with text details.   

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Having the retelling cards make this activity so concrete for the students. 

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Writing

Several years ago, a few bloggers got together to conduct a blog book study on Katie Wood Ray’s book In Pictures and in Words.  This book changed the way I thought about writing.  You can read more about that book study by going HERE.

On page 97 of that book, Katie writes about the decisions writers [illustrators] need to make about their content.   They are:

  • What, exactly, will I picture in my pictures?
  • Will I use a single illustration, or multiple, separate vignette illustrations?
  • Will I zoom in very close or zoom out and show a wide angle?
  • Will I picture my subject from the front or the back? From the side, perhaps? From about or below?
  • How much backgroud detail will I use for the central image?  Lots, or none at all? If none, at all, should I leave it white, or use another color?
  • Will I stick close to the words, or will my illustration extend them in some significant way?

So let’s look at a few of these illustrations from the book.  Keep the questions above in mind… because each question could be a fantastic series of mini-lessons.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

GAH!   Just look at this illustration.  So much expression of care and emotions!  

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Let’s think about the text on each of these pages… it is sparse.  YES!  Writers can tell a story with pictures!   We want to teach students to think deeply about what they want to say in their writing.  Over time, letter/sound association will come, but FIRST, they need to tell a story (sometimes it is done with illustrations.)

Deanna Jump and I have created a series of detailed lesson plans for your entire year for writing.  In these lessons, we page homage to the value of illustrative studies.  You can see those lesson plans HERE.

Art/Craft

Here is the craft we created for this book.  The details on this craft are part of the February Guiding Readers unit, but it works great for any month!.  You can see that HERE.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Poetry

Despite the 6 inches of snow, we got this week, we know spring is coming!  Here are some poems for April.  Did you know we have songs and videos for each of my monthly poems?  You can see them HERE.

Kindergarten poems for April

Math and Literacy Centers

These Just Roll With It centers are so fun!  

You can find the pocket cubes HERE.  You can find the monthly cards to slide in them for April HERE and for the bundle HERE.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans. How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans. How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Having predictable monthly centers are a MUST.   We don’t have time to explain the activity, RIGHT?  Students need to practice skills to make them permanent.  These centers do the job.  You can find April’s HERE or the bundle HERE.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans. How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Morning Work

The Save My Ink units are great morning work options.  They include a variety of skills that are a simple print away.  No prep needed!  You can see April’s HERE or the bundle HERE.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Lesson Plans

You can download my lesson plans by clicking on the image below.

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

Have a great week!

How to Heal a Broken Wing for illustrative studies mentor text. This book is essential in my kindergarten classroom. Students use it as a mentor text. Amazing reading and writing lessons can be gained from this book. Check out these kindergarten lesson plans.

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6 Comments

  • Margie March 26 at 12:42 pm

    i just finished this book and lessons with my class this week and when I was putting up samples of work for Open House, I stopped and realized how much my students have grown and learned from these units through out the year. Thank you!

    • Deedee March 26 at 6:37 pm

      Yay! I’m so happy to hear that! Have fun and good luck with Open House. It always a great opportunity to reflect on the journey!

  • Adina March 26 at 8:20 pm

    Amazing ideas. Love the amount of diverity in the activities.

  • Happy Room March 27 at 7:39 pm

    WOW what a great reference page! I’m sure teachers all over will appreciate this and I will be sure to share this with my school. Thanks again ?

  • picaram April 14 at 4:40 am

    Thank you for sharing about this book! I will definitely buy it for my kids. What a nice book. I really like this kind of illustration.

  • twitter search June 22 at 12:36 am

    This book is so heilpful for kid to grown up and be came good adult. I am a teacher so i will use this lessons with my class. Thank for sharing this post. It is so useful.

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