Friday, September 26, 2014

Don't Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oeischlager

Good Day Dear Readers,
Today we delve into the art of Language with a book to help young scribes with their writing structure. Don't Dangle Your Participle is a beautifully illustrated, fun look at how troublesome misplaced participles can be for everyone. And, how to fix it.

First the author starts off with a description of Dangling Participles, then goes into some examples.

Every classroom should have this book. As always, we've found a few activity ideas teachers can try using to go along with the book.
Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Don't Dangle Your Participle

Author: Vanita Oeischlager
Illustrator: Mike DeSantis

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Vanita Books (May 1, 2014)
Reading level: Preschool - 3rd grade
Book Info: Paperback Children's picturebook
Genre: Grammar 
ISBN: 978-1938164033

Book Theme:
Grammar, language arts, parts of speech, writing

Book Summary
Words and pictures show children what a dangling participle is all about. Young readers are shown an incorrect sentence that has in it a dangling participle. They are then taught how to make the sentence read correctly. It is done in a cute and humorous way. The dangling participle loses its way and the children learns how to help it find its way back to the correct spot in the sentence. This is followed by some comical examples of sentences with dangling participles and their funny illustrations, followed by an illustration of the corrected sentence. Young readers will have fun recognizing this problem in sentence construction and learning how to fix it.

Activity Adventures:

Lesson Ideas:
Here's some  tips from Grammar Bites on dangling participles.

Chipmunk of Doom: Dangling Participles

Here's a pdf worksheet that can be modified to use with various classes.
A self-test to see if they're getting it.

Writing Prompts:
Have students rewrite sentences like those in the book, correcting the dangling participle.

Discussion Questions:
Talk about how easy it is to make sentences confusing by misplacing words.
Let students help you fix a few sentences and fix the mix-up/

Authors Arena


Vanita Oelschlager is a wife, mother, grandmother, philanthropist, former teacher, current caregiver, author and poet. She is a graduate of Mt. Union College in Alliance, Ohio, where she currently serves as a Trustee. Vanita is also Writer in Residence for the Literacy Program at The University of Akron. She and her husband Jim received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2006. She won the Congressional ‘Angels in Adoption’ Award for the state of Ohio in 2007 and was named National Volunteer of the Year by the MS society in 2008. She was honored as 2009 Woman Philanthropist of the Year by the Summit County United Way. In May 2011, Vanita received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from University of Mount Union.
Prior to her publishing and writing career, Vanita taught school for 19 years and then helped her husband with his company, Oak Associates. Mother of two daughters, stepmother to a son and daughter, she is grandmother to seven.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Button Story by Emil Sher

Welcome back dear Reader Friends,
The Queen here returning from her summer vacation. Since school is now in session (as the dragon's have been quite busy with their homework and classes) I've decided it time to set down with a new list of books to introduce to you. I've searched far and wide over the summer and hope to have some fun and exciting reads for you  in the coming months. Check back weekly.

To start off, I've picked a delightfully colorful book for the younger readers. Even if you  are just starting to read, the text is simple, and the pictures bright and fun to look at. After you've read the book, scroll down for some ides on how to make your reading experience even more enjoyable.

Well, here's our first book, 

A Button Story

Author: Emil Sher

Illustrator: Cindy Revell

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Annick Press;  (June 1, 2014)
Reading level: 2 - 4 years
Book Info: Board book: 26 pages
Genre: Children's picture book
ISBN: 978-1554516520

Book Theme:
Buttons, father and daughter, counting, shapes and colors
Book Summary
Buttons, buttons, all around!
In this colorful board book, the search for a lost button takes a little girl on an adventure. When the button is nowhere to be found, she and her father set out for a store filled with every imaginable kind of button -- fancy buttons, funny buttons, bowls brimming with button... soup! She soon finds a suitable replacement, only to arrive home to discover the lost button on the stairs. But that's not a problem at all. The found button is quickly stitched on to join all the other fanciful ones on her sweater.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Working with a large jar of buttons can provide many fine motor activities.
* Scoop buttons from one bowl to another.
* String buttons on a bit of yarn or string. Make into a necklace or bracelet. 
* Sort buttons by color, size or shapes

Older Readers:
Make a picture using buttons. Suggestions might be a rainbow, a house, a button dog, or a face.
Or, if you have shape buttons like in the book, draw a picture to put your button on.

Here's more: 
Math Games using buttons

Writing Prompts:
Pretend to be a button that fell off a shirt and became lost. Write a story about what you would do? How you would feel: lost or free?  Would you try to find your sweater, or roll off on a vacation. 

Authors Arena

Born and raised in Montreal, Emil taught at a secondary school in rural Botswana before returning to
Montreal to pursue a degree in creative writing. He has written professionally ever since in a variety of genres, for young audiences and the once-were-young. Stage plays, screenplays, non-fiction, children's fiction: at any given time, Emil can be found procrastinating as he juggles a host of projects. Currently, he lives in Toronto with his wife and younger daughter as he texts his out-of-town daughter to distraction. He loves his family to bits, including an untrained dog that ignores him on command.

Illustrator:  Cindy Revell
Please see illustrator's website for more information and a gallery of her works.