I have been so busy I haven’t had time to blog lately. I promised you a freebie and here it is! I love teaching with children’s picture books and sophisticated alphabet books are one of my favorites to use. If you haven’t seen the picture book Tomorrow’s Alphabet by George Shannon, you simply must get it. It starts out with A is for seed….. tomorrow’s apple, and follows that pattern throughout the book. It’s great for talking about change, making predictions of what the next page will be, and even bringing in cause and effect. I like to read the book to my students, and then I give it a new twist. I tell them we’re going to create a Yesterday’s Alphabet book! Sounds simple, right? Well, it’s much harder than you think! This activity is designed for students in grades 3-5. I have tried it with younger students, and it really is too difficult. The kids have to think backwards and that is difficult for some of them. Brainstorm with a class the different ideas you could represent for each letter. To do this, you have to think about what that object could have been earlier in time. For example with the letter A, you could say A is for calculator, yesterday’s abacus, or A is for oak tree, yesterday’s acorn. Certain letters are going to give them difficulty. I have included in this freebie a copy of a completed Yesterday’s Alphabet book, two planning pages, and templates for each letter of the alphabet for your students to create their own Yesterday’s Alphabet book. I let one student illustrate a letter to make a class book. Here are some sample images from the download. Each page is actually 2 pages so that kids have to turn the page to see the answer. I love to have them try to guess! This is a 57 page download that I hope you’ll love! Just click on the image below to download it from Google Docs! I’d love it if you would send me some pictures of your students’ books!
Are you looking for a fun way to teach describing characters and character traits? Try this! Fold each side of a horizontal sheet of paper to the middle. Have the kids draw a picture of the character on the front. Put words to describe the outward appearance of the character on the outside. This can be things that are obvious from the text. Next, open the page up and write character traits and words to describe the character’s emotions on the inside. These are things you have to infer about the character’s traits based on the evidence from the text. It’s pretty fun and these make a great display!
I have a little template you can use to make these if you would like. Just click on it to download it from Google Docs!