Every Monday, I highlight a book from our school bookroom along with lesson plan suggestions. I hope you find this useful, and please leave a comment with any suggestions or additions!
I Wonder… About the Sky, by Enid Field
This is an older book, and it seems like it’s out of print, but our bookroom has a copy, so let’s go with it. I think it can anchor a couple of pretty critical thinking skills. Consider pairing it with one of these resources:
Wonderopolis. The name pretty much speaks for itself.
I Wonder Why… New series on our local NPR station.
There is a CAFE menu included with this mentor text, and I’ve highlighted these as suggested lessons:
- Ask questions throughout the reading process. This is pretty self-explanatory. The entire book starts with “I wonder…” and then some element about the sky or weather. For example:
- Predict what will happen, use text to confirm. I notice that often when I make KWL charts with my students, we neglect to follow up on them. (whoops) Consider copying a few of the pages, posting them around the classroom (or the hallway — the photographs are pretty neat), then letting students add answers or new learning as they find them.
- Use prior knowledge and context to predict and confirm meaning. This would be a good book to use early in the weather science unit because it doesn’t have much technical language, and the pictures are pretty supportive of the text. This might then make a good lead-in for Tomie DePaola’s The Cloud Book.
Please add any lessons or supplemental materials to the book bag so future teachers can utilize your good thinking!
Comments and constructive feedback are always welcomed. Please let me know if these lessons were useful in your class!