- Magpie Magic by April Wilson
We used this book later in the school year as an opportunity to practice using all of the figurative language techniques we had discovered in other stories through a retelling. Using multiple copies of the book, students worked in small groups with sticky notes to tag the illustrations with figurative phrases. In pairs students practiced retelling their stories as they worked through a story plan. And finally, they completed the writing process by combining the descriptive language they had brainstormed with their own plans. The results were fantastic!
- Grown-Ups Get to Do All the Driving by William Steig
- The Book of Bad Ideas by Laura Huliska-Beith
Another great brainstorming book! There isn’t a story – just a ton of really funny illustrations with short phrases uttering perfectly bad ideas with disastrous effects entertainingly illustrated. Kids can really dig into their silly with this one! My favorite…Asking your best friend to give you a quick haircut on class picture day. Ha!
- Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups by David Wisniewski
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