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Miss Taylor's Book Picks

I am a student teacher at the University of Montevallo and graduate in May of 2019. I would like to use this blog to keep track of books that I hope to use in my future classroom.


Popcorn by Frank Asch is a story about a bear cub named Sam who throws a Halloween party while his parents are out for the night. Sam invites all of his friends who end up all bringing popcorn for the other guests to snack on. The cubs decide to pop ALL of the popcorn at once and are in for a shock. Kids will think that the way the cubs decided to clean up their mess is hilarious. Popcorn is a great book for prediction activities as well a rewriting parts of the story. Teacher could encourage their students to predict/infer using information from previous information what each guest after the first on would bring as well as Sam’s special gift at the end of the book. Students could also rewrite what food is brought by each guest and how the cubs should clean up their mess. It would also be fun to have students follow a task analysis and learn how to make and serve popcorn and then eat it while listening to a video version of the text being read. The Accelerated reader reading level is 2.3.