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EHS All About Authors

Updated: Jan 25, 2021

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Pictures of famous childrens book authors Blank books (children can “write” their own books) Stencils Printing paper Different types of writing utencils Letter stamps Stamp pads Keyboard Magazines Newspapers Plastic Glasses Magnifying glasses Plastic eye glass Folders Books Memo pads Clip board “Thinking cap” Pretend laptop Envelopes Menus Greeting Cards Telephone book Stamps Foam letters Magnetic letters  Crinkle paper Scrabble pieces Planner Water table: foam letters, paint cups, plastic scrabble pieces, magnetic letters w/magnetic wand, etc Sensory table: scrabble pieces, magnifying glasses, crinkle paper, magnetic letters w/magnetic wand, etc

Teaching Concepts for Indoor Experiences

1. Explain what an author does, show children pictures of famous authors, allow children to make an author collage 2. Talk about Eric Carle, allow children to turn pages in his books, use magnifying glasses to study pages 3. Talk about Dr. Suess, allow children to turn pages in his books, use magnifying glasses to study pages 4. Talk about Sandra Boynton, allow children to turn pages in her books, use magnifying glasses to study pages. 5. Let children “write” their own book 6. Stamp letters on paper 7. Dress up and pretend to be an author 8. Write a letter, put in envelope, address it and stamp it 9. Point to the front of the book, back of the book, and spine of the book. Look at what the author does. Look at what the illustrator does

Teaching Concepts for Outdoor Experiences

1. Author hide and seek. (hide photos of authors and try to find them) 2. Book delivery (pretend to drive around and deliver books) ​3. Water painting (give children small bucket of water with paint brushes and let them paint on building, toys, ground, etc)

Teaching Concepts for Music Movement Wellness IMIL

1. Eric Carle Wrote a Book (tune: Old McDonald Had A Farm) Eric Carle wrote a book, e-i-e-i-o and in that book there was a brown bear, e-i-e-i-o with a grrr here and a grrr there here a grrr there a grrr everywhere a grrr, grr Ericle Carle wrote a book, e-i-e-i-o and in that book there was a yellow duck, e-i-e-i-o with a quack, quack here and a quack, quack there here a quack, there a quack, everywhere a quack, quack Ericle Carle wrote a book, e-i-e-i-o Continue song by adding characters that were in Ericle Carles book Brown Bear, Brown Bear 2. Author’s Purpose The author’s point of view  Depends on the purpose There are many ways the author can portray What they want to say  To persuade is just one  To entertain is another To inform, To explain, Express an opinion,  To clarify, To convey a mood, To prove something to the reader, Expose beliefs, or Share a story Decide the author’s purpose  Take a look at the main idea to find  A better vision inside the author’s mind  Everything you read has a point of view  Every author decides on a purpose too  If you want to know the author’s ultimate goal Looking at the title or effects on the text Is the best way to know Determine the main idea if you don’t already know

Teaching Concepts for Fingerplays

1. Johnny Writes with One Pen (tune: Johnny works with One Hammer) Johnny writes with one pen, one pen, one pen Johnny writes with one pen, then he writes with two. Johnny writes with two pens, two pens, two pens Johnny writes with two pens, then he writes with three So on and so forth 2. 5 Little Authors 5 little authors standing in a row 1 forgot his pen and said he had to go 4 little authors thinking of a story 1 thought too hard and left in a hurry 3 little authors getting kinda sleepy 1 little author went out the door creeping 2 little authors finishing up their book 1 little author took a second look All the little authors had a very big day All the little authors had nothing else to say.


Teaching Concepts for Distance Learning


Practice phonics skills with these read-along stories.


Have some of your favorite stories read to you by movie stars.



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