Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Just how long can a long string be?

Keith Baker's Just How Long Can a Long String Be? is a great vehicle to teach prediction with kindergarten or 1st grade students.  The story begins with an ant asking a bird the title question.  The bird replies "... it all depends on what it will do from end to end." What follows is a string (pun intended) of uses for string. Ant discovers that string can be used to hold a balloon, hang a picture, and much more. Baker's soft pastel illustrations make you long for spring.  You can make a game of finding the ant in each picture.

As a front-loading activity, it would be fun to give students a piece of string and ask them how they could use the string.  You could also easily teach problem/solution with this book.  An interesting companion book would be Steve Jenkins' What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?.

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