Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Great Books for Text-to-Text Connections

Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink
written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal; illustrated by Jen Corace
(Chronicle Books)

If you are teaching kindergarten or 1st grade students how to make text-to-text connections, you should find copies of Little Pea, Little Hoot, and Little Oink. This can be a tricky skill for kindergarten students, but as we were reading Little Hoot this morning, one of my students mentioned that they had made a text-to-text connection without being prompted. Why is this important? Being able to connect texts helps you better understand what is happening or may happen in a story. In this case, my students know that there is going to be an interesting twist on a theme such as eating vegetables, going to bed early, or being neat. These books are clever and very popular with our young readers. I also enjoy the wordplay that takes place in the text. Go find these books and share them with your students!

Click below to view a book trailer for Little Oink.

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