Books Teachers Love is back to bring you 12 awesome books for the month of October. Make sure you check each one of them out and don't forget to enter our giveaway for your chance to win any 4 of the books featured (you pick!!).
My book this month is fresh off the press! Michael Hall's new book Wonderfall.
Wonderfall follows one tree from the beginning of fall (think school time) until the first snow. Each page has a different "blended" word to highlight an aspect of the season. I say blended because it takes a word and adds the word "fall" to create a play on words. So instead of peaceful, it's peacefall.
At first glance, I thought this book was best for primary grades for its short poems and fun pictures. However, I'm also finding a lot of uses for the intermediate grades as well. Here's my top 5 ways on using this book this month!
Discuss what words in each poem connect most with the blended word at the top. Have students write another poem for that same blended word using similar words.
TwoIdentify point of view. Who's speaking? How do you know?
Use this books to discuss pronoun usage for first person.
ThreeIntroduce poetry devices such as alliteration, rhyme, and onomatopoeia. Although not complex, they are very clear so it makes it a great jumping off point.
FourUse the book as inspiration to write some of your own poems. Go outside for a nature walk and use it as an inspiration to find a new word you could use to describe fall.
Michael Hall adds information about the animals and other natural components at the end of the book. Have students pick one to do more research on and then write a poem from the perspective of that creature focusing on using correct first person pronouns.
Write the animal on a slip of paper, have students draw one out and let the researching begin! You could combine the research skills, nonfiction reading, poetry writing, first person point of view all in one project!
Or go with a simple activity: write your own fall inspired poems! Nothing wrong with that! I've included some paper options for you to write your own blended word fall poems. Click the image below to download!
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