Today is the second day of my five-day series on using
innovations in your classroom during writing workshop. For today’s post,
I’m highlighting The Important Book
by Margaret Wise Brown.
This book is written by the same author as Goodnight Moon, and it’s another simple story. Familiar items (like apples or spoons) are highlighted in the book, but the details given about each object are the important parts. For example, “The important thing about a spoon is that you eat with it.” That’s obvious, but then Brown gives details. “It’s like a little shovel… It isn’t flat. It’s hollow… But the important thing about a spoon is that you eat with it.” That’s an abbreviated version, but you get the point I’m sure. =)
I like using this book for innovations because it has a
very simple pattern, but requires students to think a little deeper in
order to complete the writing with less obvious details. I usually model the pattern using familiar items in the classroom, like pencils or chalk. Then I send students off to create their own important books using a theme. They can select items from the classroom, the cafeteria, the playground, or even their own bedrooms. The circular structure of The Important Book makes this fill-in-the-blank writing easier to do than starting from scratch.
I use a simple bundle that you can grab here. I usually have students create their own books with several pages, but sometimes we compile them into a class book too. I included our cover if you want to make a class book instead. I also found some third grade examples over at WritingFix.
Be sure to check back for Day 3 of my Innovation Series.
Don’t forget we’re working our way toward a $25 Amazon
gift card giveaway for one randomly chosen follower if my blog reaches
250 followers by the end of this series on Sunday! In the meantime if you decide to purchase this book for your classroom,
I’d love it if you used my link.