Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Are You Ready to Play Outside?

Bibliographic Information:  Written and Illustrated by:  Mo Willems, Published by:  Hyperion Books for Children, 2008, 64 poutsidep.

Reading Level:  140 L

Synopsis:  In this book written for beginning readers, Elephant (Gerald) and Piggie want to go outside to play.  The pair excitedly lists all of the fun they want to have outside.  However, when the notice it is raining they become upset that they can’t play outside.  The two have to find a way to make the best of the situation.

Rationale for Use:  This would be a great book to read to teach students that everyone (even characters in books) has days when they are upset because they can’t do something they want.  This would also be a good book to use because there are only a few words on each page, and several words repeat numerous times.

Common Core Connection: This book connects to the Common Core because students could find the relationship between the pictures and the text.  Students could also answer questions about the text, and use the text to figure out unknown words.


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This entry was posted on June 17, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers and tagged , , , .

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