Ways To Use Storybook Connections Resource Guides
1. Storybook Connections Resource Guides are designed to be placed right in your planning book. It is suggested you read through the resource package and carry out the sample storytelling plan.
2. If the sample storytelling plan does not fit the needs of your students, several alternate activities have been given. Select different activities to create a balanced literacy plan by completing one activity before, one during, and one after, reading or telling the story.
3. Place the Storybook Connections Resource Guide and the story book in an envelope. Place a check mark beside the activities you wish presented. This can become your emergency language plan when you are absent from school.
4. Principals might choose a series of Storybook Connections Resource Guides at different grade levels. If someone does not leave a plan when absent then select the appropriate plan and the storybook for the grade and give it to the supply teacher. Principals may also need to use it if a supply is not available.
5. If you have an individualized reading programme, print selected activities on cards and have students complete the activities independently.
6. Use only the drama activities to incorporate drama into your programme on an ongoing basis.
7. Use the Storybook Connections Resource Guide package as a 2-5 day theme with the story. Add writing activities that meet the needs of your students.
8. Purchase Storybook Connections Resource Guides according to the genre that is expected to be taught at your grade level. E.g. Fairy tales, Fables, Legends.
9. Choose one or two of the activities in the guide to be used as homework activities.
10. Purchase the accompanying Storybook Connections Parent Resource Guide and place it in an envelope with the book. This could be used when a student is ill and the parent asks for work at home.
11. Purchase the Storybook Connections Speech and Language Guide if you have a child in your class experiencing speech and language difficulties. A volunteer or educational assistant can carry out the lesson focusing on specific targets as identified by a Speech and Language pathologist or that the teacher observes requires remediation.
12. If you have a child in the class that requires reading challenges, print one or two enrichment activities on a card and have a volunteer complete the activity with the child, or send this home as a homework challenge.
13. Use the Storybook Connections Resource Guide for extra activities to be carried out with a volunteer for those students experiencing difficulty with language skills.
14. Use the theme based Storybook Connections Resource Guides and connect the stories to the Science or Social Studies units being presented.
15. Once a month complete a storybook theme for a day and do several of the activities.
16. Select the Storybook Connections Resource Guides that focus on one author to help you plan an author study.
E.g. Bill Martin Jr. / Eric Carle Brown Bear Brown Bear
Polar Bear Polar Bear
Panda Bear Panda Bear
Baby Bear Baby Bear