Top 10 Children's Books to use in the Classroom

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A list of the most popular children's books, with suggestions showing how they could be used as the starting point for learning in the classroom. …

A list of the most popular children's books, with suggestions showing how they could be used as the starting point for learning in the classroom.

Book choices are based on visits to Teaching Ideas in 2013.

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  • 1. Top 10 Children’s Books with related Teaching Ideas www.teachingideas.co.uk Book choices based on visits to Teaching Ideas in 2013. Background © ThinkStock
  • 2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl 1. Write a letter from each of the children to Mr. Wonka after their visit to the factory. 2. Make a map of the chocolate factory showing the different rooms described in the book. 3. Design some lickable wallpaper for your bedroom. What would it have on it? Find more free teaching ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/charliechoc Background © ThinkStock
  • 3. Elmer by David McKee 1. Make alliterative sentences involving types of animals, e.g.
 an extraordinarily excited elephant, a long lazy lion. 2. Decorate an elephant picture for Elmer Day using unusual shapes, patterns and colours. 3. How can we celebrate our differences like the elephants do on Elmer Day? Find more free teaching ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/elmerbook Background © ThinkStock
  • 4. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell 1. Act out the story and discuss the feelings of the babies and their mum at different points in the story? 2. Write a note from the owls' mum telling them not to worry while she has gone. 3. Make a food chain which includes owls. What do they eat? What creatures might eat them? Find more free teaching ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/owlbabies Background © ThinkStock
  • 5. Stick Man by Julia Donaldson 1. Could you write a prequel to this book? Where did the Stick family come from? 2. Use stop-motion animation software to make an animated version of the story using sticks and your own pictures. 3. Use natural materials (e.g. sticks / leaves) to make your own stick people and animals. Find more free teaching ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/stickmanbook Background © ThinkStock
  • 6. Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne 1. Before reading the story, look at the title and cover. Predict what the surprise might be. 2. Weight a selection of different fruit and vegetables. Can you put them in order from lightest to heaviest? 3. Could you act out the story and take digital photos to retell it? Find more free teaching ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/handassurprise Background © ThinkStock
  • 7. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister 1. Identify the adverbs used in the story. Can you think of any more? 2. Retell the story from the Rainbow Fish’s point of view. 3. The Rainbow Fish's scales are 'every shade of blue, green and purple'. Can you try mixing paint to make lots of different shades of these colours? Find more free teaching! ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/rainbowfishbook Background © ThinkStock
  • 8. The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes 1. Freeze-frame different parts of the story. Question each other about their role in the scene. 2. Find the metaphors in the story and make up some of your own. 3. Make an animation or a multimedia presentation that retells the story. Find more free teaching! ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/highwaymanbook Background © ThinkStock
  • 9. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl 1. Write a set of instructions to teach others how to make George’s marvellous medicine. 2. Make an advert to persuade people to buy George’s medicine. 3. Role play the character of George’s grandma. Why is she so grumpy? 4. Turn the story into a play and perform it! Find more free teaching ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/georgesmm Background © ThinkStock
  • 10. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss 1. Can you retell the story from the point of view of the Grinch? 2. Design an invitation for the Grinch, inviting him to next year's feast. 3. What do you think the Grinch learned at the end of the story? Find more free teaching ideas! and resources at! http://teachr.co/ grinchstolechristmas Background © ThinkStock
  • 11. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore 1. Read the description of St. Nicholas in the poem. Can you write a description of another person in a similar style? 2. Try recording your own retelling of the poem. Can you add music / sound effects at appropriate points? 3. Create a storyboard showing scenes from different parts of the poem. Find more free teaching ideas and resources at! http://teachr.co/ nightmarebeforechristmas Background © ThinkStock
  • 12. Find ideas and resources linked to other popular children’s books in the Teaching Ideas Library. www.teachingideas.co.uk/library Background © ThinkStock