Each month, I’ve been rounding up all the books found in my Flipping for Literature series. Books are truly my favorite therapy tools and over the last couple of years I’ve been developing flip book companions for some of my favorite reads!
Let’s check out the books highlighted in April’s Flipping for Literature!
One of my favorite themes for April is weather! I’m a gardener, so I love spring rain showers!
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
This is one of my favorite weather themed books! If you’re not familiar with it, a grandfather tells a story of a faraway place called Chewandswallow. There’s no grocery stores there, because the weather brings in all of their food! It rains pancakes and syrup for breakfast and snows mashed potatoes! Seriously, I want to go to there (any 30 Rock fans)? haha… But one day, the weather gets out of control! There are so many ways you can use this book in therapy: compare/contrast weather in Chewandswallow vs. your hometown’s weather, figurative language, problem solving, describing, and more!
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
This is truly my favorite Polacco book! A young girl recounts the summe’s at her grandmother’s house in Michigan. One summer, her grandmother helps her overcome her fear of storms! As a storm approaches, they make something called Thunder Cake. It’s such a wonderful story! It’s perfect for sequencing! The steps for making a Thunder Cake are outlined in detail. You can also use this book to address: adjectives, story retelling, time concepts, and more!
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth
If you’re a speech-language pathologist, you can work on each flip book companion over the course of multiple sessions. Students love these keepsakes and are always so excited to show them to teachers and parents! If you do push-in therapy, these are wonderful!
If you’re a classroom teacher, there are so many ways that you can implement these into your classroom. They can be used for Friday afternoon “treats.” You can read the story aloud on Monday and then students can complete the flip book throughout the week in a literacy center or as morning work. They can even be used in listening centers, whole group lessons, or as partner activities!
These books can also be found in a year long bundle in my TPT store! If you collect all 52 books in this bundle, you’ll save 50%!
Thank you for stopping by! I hope your April is wonderful!
P.S. In case you stop in next month to read about May’s books, I wrote about them in 2016! You can find that blog post HERE. I’ll be skipping to June. 🙂
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