Friday, October 30, 2009

Emily Gravett books

Emily Gravett's Orange Pear Apple Bear (2007) and The Odd Egg (2009) are categorized as books for babies and toddlers, but they both can serve as introductions to skills needed for reading and math in K-5.

Orange Pear Apple Bear
is a book that uses only 5 words to tell an amusing story of a bear's love for fruit. This book would be a great introduction to permutations. A permutation is "a rearrangement of the elements of a set" (American Heritage Dictionary-2009). Think about a problem where Jane Doe has three shirts, two pairs of pants, and two pairs of shoes and you have to list the different combinations. In Orange Pear Apple Bear, the bear and the fruit are presented in many different combinations.

The Odd Egg tells the story of Duck who is the subject of ridicule from the other birds because of the strangely shaped egg he has found. Duck is not discouraged and shows unconditional love for the egg which becomes a surprising hatchling. I would use this book to show how we use our background knowledge and text clues (Harvey and Goudvis- Strategies That Work) to make predictions. Part of building background knowledge before reading would be to discuss how different animals give birth (mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.).

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