- Title: Dear Mr. Blueberry
- Author & Illustrator: Simon James
- Publisher: Walker Books & Aladdin Paperbacks
- ISBN: 0-689-50529-9
- Number of Pages & Genre: 32 Pages & Comedy
Summary of Text
Dear Mr. Blueberry is a book about a little girl named Emily, who thinks that there is a whale living in her pond outside. Emily is writing letters to her teacher, Mr. Blueberry asking him about what her whale needs to in order to survive. Throughout the book, Emily and Mr. Blueberry write letters back and forth deciding whether or not Emily actually has a whale living in her pond.
- Reading First Component: Reading Fluency
- Standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.3 - Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
- Area of Language Arts: Writing
- Objective & Rationale: Students will be creating their own "Dear Mr. Blueberry" story, but writing to me instead. Once we have read this book as a class, the students will choose a imagined experience to write to me about. The letter can be similar to the one that Emily wrote to Mr. Blueberry or something totally different! The students will be using descriptive details in their letters to me, along with the events in sequential order. At the end of this activity, the class with all share their "Dear Ms. Duryea" letters.
https://www.amazon.com/Wanna-Iguana-Karen-Kaufman-Orloff/dp/0399237178 - I Wanna Iguana book would be another great book to read to third graders before they write their letters to the teacher. This is another fun and exciting book where letters are being exchanged back and forth.
- Title: The Pout-Pout Fish
- Author & Illustrator: Deborah Diesen & Dan Hanna
- Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
- ISBN: 978-0-374-36096-2
- Number of Pages & Genre: 32 & Fiction
Summary of Text
This book is about a fish who has a "pout-pout" face all of the time, causing the other sea creatures to think he is always sad. The Pout-Pout Fish's friends tried telling him to cheer up, but he thought it was impossible. This fish continued to pout around the ocean all day long, until a mysterious fish came along and gave him a smooch, which changed everything.
- Reading First Component: Phonics
- Standard: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7 - Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting)
- Area of Language Arts: Reading/Visual Representation
- Objective & Rationale: Throughout this book, students will be able to visually see the Pout-Pout Fish's sad face, before he gets his smooch. This book has wonderful illustrations that could tell the story alone! Students will have a better understanding of this book after taking a few seconds on each page to look in-depth at the illustrations. As a class, we will stop and discuss the actions of the Pout-Pout Fish and his friends by looking at the illustrations.
- Title: Rainbow Fish and the Sea Monsters' Cave
- Author & Illustrator: Marcus Pfister
- Publisher: North-South Books
- ISBN: 9783314017339
- Number of Pages & Genre: 25 & Fiction
Summary of Text
In this book, the bumpy-backed fish is very ill and needs red algae. The red algae only grows on the other side of the sea monsters' cave though. This is where Rainbow fish and little blue fish are brave and declare that they will go to the other side of the sea monsters' cave and get the red algae to save the bumpy-back fish. Throughout their journey, rainbow and little blue fish start to realize that the sea monsters' aren't as scary as everyone thinks.
- First Reading Components: Reading Comprehension
- Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.9 - Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
- Area of Language Arts: Reading
- Objective & Rationale: After reading this book and another "Rainbow Fish" book in the series, the students will be comparing and contrasting the two books in a Venn Diagram. There are many excellent books in the "Rainbow Fish" series that will be great to compare with one another. Each book revolves around Rainbow Fish and the many journeys that she goes on. There is always a great theme behind each story as well that the students will be looking for.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/337488565806486594/ - This worksheet would be great for the students to feel out after each book. After filling this out, they will be able to use these sheets when filling out their Venn Diagrams.