Monday, March 15, 2010

Book of the Week: Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato

St. Patty's day is almost upon us, and that means looking for a good read-aloud for my students. Tomie DePaola's Jamie O'Rourke and the Big Potato is an excellent choice for first through third graders. You really can't go wrong with anything by Tomie DePaola, but this book has some great tie-ins that would be easy to do with very little prep.

This book is an excellent choice not only for St. Patrick's Day or folktales, but also for cause and effect. Every action causes as reaction, so I have been charting causes and effects on the whiteboard. And there are some good vocabulary words in there, too. Practice your Irish brouge and check this out!

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