Thursday, August 20, 2015

Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play

Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play
written by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook;
illustrated by Andy Robert Davies
2015 (Charlesbridge)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher

Team shirt, goalie gloves.
A ball to kick away.
Long socks and shin guards.
What sport does she play?

When I was 8 years old, my favorite part of getting dressed for baseball games was putting on the stirrups. It was a unique piece of clothing and made me feel like a big league player. Of course, I didn't exactly hit like a big league player, but it didn't matter because you got a free soda after every game. I played several sports in my youth and putting on the uniform was always a big deal. In Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play, equipment and uniform are used to identify different sports. Readers use the illustrations and an accompanying couplet to identify the sport. One of the stated skills required of K-2 readers is to be able to use the illustrations and details in a text to find the key idea. This book makes it fun to practice. You will get a loud response before you turn the page to reveal the answer. Seven sports are represented which makes reading the book an opportunity to create a graph. "How many of you like this sport?" you could ask. A bar or pictograph could easily be drawn to illustrate the data. A great pre-reading activity would be to list different sports and ask readers to list equipment and/or uniform pieces that are needed to play the game. Then you can check the list after you read to see if any additions need to be made. If you have a Sports Day in your classroom, this would be a fun mentor text to read as well. Be a sport and read Clothesline Clues to Sports People Play!

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