Thursday, February 17, 2011

Picture Perfect: Curricular Connections, summary & book list

The following is a summary of why picture books are perfect for all ages in classrooms.  The list of books that follows are picture books I referred to at my Picture Perfect: Curricular Connections workshop at the Calgary City Teachers' Conference.

Picture Perfect: Curricular Connections

Picture Books I referred to at the 2011 Calgary City Teacher’s Conference

Waiting for the Whales by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Ron Lightburn
Moonsnail Song by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Sheena Lott
The True Story of The Three Little Pigs by A Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith
Science Verse by Jon Scieszka , illustrated by Lane Smith
Jessie’s Island by Shery McFarlane, illustrated by Sheena Lott
Tides of Change by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Ken Campbell
Eagle Dreams by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Ron Lightburn
Canadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot, illustrated by Ian Wallace
Tales from Gold Mountain by Paul Yee, illustrated by Simon Ng
In Flanders Fields : The Story of the Poem by John McCrae by Linda Granfield , illustrated by Janet Wilson
Secret of the Dance by Andrea Spalding, illustrated by Darlene Gait
My Librarian is a Camel by Margriet Ruurs
The Wall : Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter Sis
of Thee I Sing: A letter to My Daughters by Barack Obama, illustrated by Loren Long
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, illustrated by Dom Lee
A Telling Time by Irene Watts, illustrated by Kathryn Shoemaker
Math Curse by Jon Schiezska, illustrated by Lane Smith
The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base
The Water Hole by Graeme Base
Welcome to the World of Whales by Diane Swanson,
A Bear in War by Harry Endulat & Stephanie Innes, Illustrated by Brian Deines
This is the Dog by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Chrissie Wysotski
Going to the Fair by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Sheena Lott
A Pod of Orcas by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Kirsti Waklin
Monkey Business by Wallace Edwards
Did You Say Pears by Arlene Alda
What’s That Sound? series by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by Kim LaFave
Wendel and The Great One by Mike Leonetti, illustrated by Greg Banning
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave McKeans
Hoops by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson
What’s the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses by Richard Van Camp, illustrated by George Littlechild

Some of the Advantages of Using Picture Books in the Classroom Include:

•Picture books just might be the most affordable, versatile resource available to teachers

•They are short enough to be easily integrated into tight schedules

•They can be part of a theme, introduce a new concept, reinforce a topic, provide a challenge, or to bring closure

•They provide opportunities for challenged students to succeed and capable students to excel

Take advantage of opportunities to incorporated picture books into curriculum areas.  They can be a breathe of fresh air for any educational program

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