“Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas” by Aaron Blabey

  For Book Week, I often use the new released books as a basis for drama and, in turn, introduce the kids to a great new book. I used this book with my Year 2 class as a focus for following structure, learning some simple lines, creating their own version and use of space. After […]

“All the Lost Things” by Kelly Canby

A text that can be used at different levels with various ages. My first attempt was with a Grade One class. Introduce the book by posing the questions of what all the lost things could be.  After reading the book, take the time to discuss the difference between concrete things (glasses, ball, pens) that can be […]

“If Kids Ruled the World” by Linda Bailey

This is a great book to explore the idea of “what if?”.  Questions like this provide a great starting point for creativity but also a point of reference for then to jump into thinking really differently. This book in particular, while aimed at younger kids can be used at different levels. With the younger students […]

“The Quiet Book” and “The Loud Book” by Deborah Underwood

This book is simple, lovely and funny. I had “The Quiet Book” for a while and was so excited to come across “The Loud Book”. And then an activity was born. This is a great pair of books to introduce the idea of opposites to young children, and then have them come up with ideas for […]

“Friends” by Eric Carle

  This is a great self contained lesson with a focus on friendship and has the lovely surprise of kids finding common ground with classmates.  Lovely for kids in PP – Grade 2/3. I begin this lesson with some warm ups, getting kids to move around and working with lots of different people. Face to […]

“The Greedy Triangle” by Marilyn Burns

This is a wonderful book to use in a cross-curricular context when teaching kids shapes and basic geometry. It particularly introduces students to new, correct names for shapes. This broadening of their vocabulary is another learning outcome from simply enjoying a clever story and then playing with the story through drama games. A common technique before reading […]

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff

This has been a household favourite for many years, and eventually I decided to test drive the following activity with my daughter’s pre-primary class. It went down a treat. This is a good one to link in with a food type theme, as well. This one has a little prep work.  Create little cards with […]