Friday, April 1, 2011

From the Home Office: Guykus and Famous People

Guyku by Bob Raczka and Peter H. Reynolds
This year I discovered a great book by the team of Bob Raczka and Peter Reynolds.

I read this book to my third grade students who are also in the middle of their Famous America + some explorers + King Tut drive to the Virginia SOLs (Standards of Learning).

So although we learned that haikus are traditionally about nature, we decided to mix it up a bit and create our haikus about our famous person.

I found this great organizer from Read, Think, Write.  Using the Haiku Starter, the students first brainstormed the main ideas about their famous person.  The second week they created their haikus.  I tried to get them to title their work something other than the name of their famous person.

My next step is to illustrate them with the famous person's photograph using BigHugeLabs for display at our school.

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  1. This book looks like fun! I'll have to look for it! Have you read Dogku? Last year I read Dogku, Oh, Theodore, and I Wonder If Poodles Like Noodles with one of my animal-loving students. :)

  2. Hi Jen!
    Yes, I have read Dogku, but have not read either of the other two you mentioned. Thanks for the recommendations! If you like bugs instead of pooches, I recommend Doodlehopper Opera! It's one of those older books that you find hidden away in the 811s and end of up reading every year!


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