Monday, October 3, 2011

Piggies In The Pumpkin Patch

Piggies in the Pumpkin PatchTitle: Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch     
Author: Mary Peterson and Jennifer Rofe 
Illustrator: Mary Peterson
Publisher: Charlesbridge 
Publication Date: July 2010
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book   
Summary: The romping piggies venture all over the farm! 
What I Think: While this is a simple book, I love all the language that is packed into it. This is a perfect book for little ones working on prepositions like over and under but also great for older students working on using those grand $100 words like peek and sneak instead of overused words like look and walk. The illustrations are fun and the pigs are funny. It's fun to predict where these guys will go next! 
This would be a fun book to read and then have kids write about their own day or even write a class book about what they do for the day and incorporate prepositions and $100 words. Even better, this book is great for students who are learning English as a second language because it can give them access to how prepositions are used appropriately and also provide the visual to help them acquire some of the more obscure prepositions in English. As a Spanish speaker, I know transferring knowledge and use of prepositions from Spanish to English is not always easy because it seems like English does have many more prepositions with some zany rules as how and when to use them.
Read Together: Pre-K - 5
Read Alone: Pre-K - 5 
Read With: Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats, In the Small, Small Pond and In the Tall, Tall Grass  by Denise Fleming, Under, Over, by the Clover: What Is a Preposition? (Words Are Categorical) by Brian P. Cleary, Behind the Mask: A Book about Prepositions (World of Language) by Ruth Heller, If You Were a Preposition (Word Fun) by Nancy Loewen,
Snatch of Text: 
"Piggies in the pumpkin patch
and sneak,
under crinkly, clean sheets,
over growing,
green beans, 
behind snoring, sleepy sheep,
into the clover field."
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections, Making Predictions 
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative  
Writing Prompts: Write like the author of Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch and tell about your day - where do you go, maybe around your house, around your school? Use $100 words and prepositions! 
Topics Covered: Farm, Animals, Adventure, Parts of Speech - Prepositions, $100 Words 
Translated to Spanish: No


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