Bee-Bim Bop! This blog has a book review and also a free printable for emergent readers. It was written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Ho Baek Lee. According to Publishers Weekly, it is “Unabashedly happy.” I agree the tone and illustrations are very happy. From grocery shopping for ingredients for Bee-Bim Bop to eating the meal, the entire story is about a Korean meal. The little girl is so excited to help. The words have rhythm and rhyme to keep the story engaging for young children.
Many of the illustrations show the child’s point of view on the food and table, and the full adult image is not included. The cook is very busy and running around the kitchen, but not the focus. The pictures are very child-friendly. The entire family gathers when it is time to eat the meal.
The author includes a full recipe for the dinner with many tips and information about the preparation. There are many variations for this recipe and it can be made different ways. What I like is that there are directions for the adult and then for the child, so they can cook together. Bop is the word for rice. Bee-bim (mix) is for mixing up the ingredients. We have tried this recipe but I still have a few things to learn. We adopted our daughter from Korea and enjoy learning about Korea and reading books by Korean authors.
Abe Lincoln’s Hat is a story that tells President Lincoln kept his speeches in his hat. The facts in this nonfiction book are presented in a child-centered manner that students will remember. The free printable has a fill-in-the-blank work page, answer key, and word bank. There is also a page for children to examine a large penny closely. Perhaps children could also examine a real penny using a magnifying glass.
Alex Asks About Auntie’s Airplane Day: An Adoption Day Story is a book by Carolyn Wilhelm of the Wise Owl Factory. She writes about her grown-up daughter and young grandson who is realizing auntie is adopted (from South Korea). The free printable at this post is near the bottom and has printable cards for adoption day (or gotcha day or airplane day) friends and family who may be adopted.
In this story, a young child is wondering about the “olden days” when his grandpa was young like him. His mother takes the child to Grandpa’s house so he can ask some questions about life long ago.
Then and Now sorting cards is the freebie at the post.
Aloha for Carol Ann was written by Margo Sorenson and illustrated by Pricilla Burris. It nicely tells the experience of a child who moves to Hawaii and begins to adjust to a new culture. The free instant download PDF has a sequencing page, a read the room page, a graphing page, skip counting number puzzles, Sudoku puzzles, and answer keys.
Freebie for Antler, Bear, Canoe: a Northwoods Alphabet for children to apprentice themselves to Bowen’s idea of writing through the year using each letter of the alphabet.
The story of Arthur’s First Sleepover seems more typical of older and braver boys rather than a first experience sleeping outside in a tent. This is a pretty exciting adventure story beginning with a write up of aliens in the local newspaper.
Arthur Meets the President Printable provide some familiarity for Washington D.C. and study of Presidents or patriotism. Reading Level L
FREE PDF work page, answer key, and coloring page:
Baby Whale’s Journeyis a nonfiction story about a baby whale’s life as it learns and grows. This book is perfect for inferring and also teaching word choice for the traits of writing. The sentences “show” and do not “tell,” so students must think about what is really being said.
The Barefoot Book of Children is one that will be read again and again, and year after year. There is much to consider, think about, and discuss with children. It is a book of life, really. There is a free instant download matching game PDF at the post, as well.
Bats by Gail Gibbons is popular especially in the fall in elementary classrooms. Gibbons writes nonfiction books and illustrates them as well. She creates beautiful books. Any nonfiction book about bats would probably work with the bat diagram page to fill-in the labels for parts of a bat. The coloring page would work with other such stories, as well.
The post describes two free printables. One PDF is for Beaver at Long Pond, and the other is a beaver writing printable.
The work page and answer key for students to use inferring to determine facts about beavers.
There is also a free 25 page PDF with story and simple research writing frames which opens in our free eMember area.
Bee-Bim Bop!This blog has a book review and also a free printable short o phonics resource for emergent readers. It was written by Linda Sue Park and illustrated by Ho Baek Lee. According to Publishers Weekly, it is “Unabashedly happy.”