When I think about classroom libraries, this scenario comes to mind. Fiction books are great, but to appeal to all students you need a good variety of books available in the classroom.
But literacy does not stop with just reading a book! There are so many possibilities that educators and parents can use to further the benefits of reading a book which I will discuss here.
An activity can be made for literally every book that a child will read. One of my favorite options for furthering information gained from a book is to use sensory tables. Not only do students remember information better, but other skills are gained depending on the activity.
Here are some great examples for what can be done with a book and a sensory table:
- Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells: Fill a sensory table with toy rabbits, soil, worms (real or gummy), eggs, milk, flour, sugar, birthday candles and baking utensils. Provide writing utensils and paper nearby in case they need to make a list for the grocery store like in the book!
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr: Fill a sensory table with letters, trees, and moons.
- Happy Halloween, Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli: Fill a sensory table with toy dogs, pumpkins, figurines of children, baskets, ghosts, toy cats, pumpkin bags, dog bones.
- Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt: Fill a sensory table with water, telescopes, cat toys, birds, and sharks.
- On Top of Spaghetti by Tom Glazer: Fill a sensory table with cooked spaghetti, tomato sauce, toy meatballs (that are able to be mushed), forks, and toy trees.
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle: Eric Carle's unique use of artwork in his stories are very famous. Have the children experiment with various art techniques used in the books. Students will be able to create their own stories.
- Questions, Questions by Marcus Pfister: Leave acryllic paints out with paper and other interesting items to entice students to explore this art medium.