Welcome to a Mentor Monday for a brand new school year! If you’re new to this weekly post, welcome! I hope you’ll join me each week for helpful teaching suggestions and a discussion about one the best parts of teaching…children’s books! My teacher blogger friends have given wonderful suggestions for ideas to help you in your classrooms. If you’d like to link up to this post, you may do so at the end.
Before I share my pick for Mentor Monday this week, let me tell you a little story. Last Friday, I decided to take my three little ones apple-picking to my favorite orchard. With only 1 out of 3 children screaming the entire car trip (that’s good for us!) we made it there in about 30 minutes. I drove up a gravelly hill to the top, right when the orchard opened. I piled everyone out of the car right next to the entrance. The place was empty. Looking all around I thought, “Well, someone is bound to come any minute. Let’s just pick and we’ll pay after.”
Ten minutes later, a pick-up truck is driving up towards us. “Pick your own is only on the weekends,” A man calls out to me. YIKES! As quickly as I could I packed everyone back up (3 kids, 3 car seats) and trekked down to the farm stand to pay. After receiving a rather embarrassing lecture about not noticing the sign at the entrance (this woman hadn’t been graced with my peaceful car trip), I paid for my apples and left. And I was so thrilled to be picking in an empty orchard without having to fight a crowd! Oh well…
My little story fits nicely right into the pockets of your teaching apron for this week’s topic: Apple-Themed Books! I have a wonderful book about friendship that I’ve read with my students every year. One Green Apple by Eve Bunting is a story of a little girl named Farah. She is new to America and doesn’t speak English. She goes on a field trip with her class to an apple orchard to pick apples and learn how to make apple cider. Farah’s mix-up in this story is not quite as big as my apple-picking incident. She gains enough courage to speak her first American word and makes friends, too.
If you have children in your class new to this country or, are looking for picture books to teach about accepting differences, this book us a wonderful choice. When using it with your class, pose questions about the cover to get them thinking. Here are some suggestions:
What do you notice about the children on the cover?