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Quick Spring/Summer Lesson

Quick Spring Science book: Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly, written by Alan Madison and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

I haven’t talked much about the library lately.  School is starting to wind down for us—the students will be taking the MCT2 soon and after that, instruction is pretty much over.  And when school is over… I’m shipping out for good.  So I guess these are my last few moments to give any more ideas from an elementary school library… who knows where I’ll end up in California.  So first up, a quick and easy Spring Science lesson.  With school coming to a close, quick and easy and engaging is important.  And what’s more engaging than butterflies?

Velma Gratch and the Way Cool Butterfly, written by Alan Madison and illustrated by Kevin Hawkes, is a really cute and engaging book.  When Velma begins first grade, she feels overshadowed by her two older, talented sisters.  But when she becomes an expert on butterflies, she finds her special talent.

One great thing about this book is that it’s really easy to connect to anything related to butterflies, and it has great vocabulary terms to discuss.  But the best thing about this book is that Random House has a FREE teacher’s activity guide pdf available online.  You can click here to print out the free teacher’s activity guide pdf: http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9780375835971&view=tg

There’s a lot of free teacher resources on the internet, but sometimes you have to know where to start.  I’d honestly never thought of looking for lesson plans through children’s book publishing houses, but it’s a great idea.  You can build entire units based on one picture book.

You know, I will definitely miss some parts about being a school librarian… I may come back to this career, but I just don’t know.  And knowing that this may be my last year is a little sad.  But I will always adore children’s literature, whether or not I’m working in a related career!

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