Corduroy by Don Freeman is one of my all-time favorite picture books! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about this book yet! Is there anything more endearing than a teddy bear? I absolutely love using this book in therapy – it’s great for practicing comprehension questions, making inferences, and much more! Ultimately, it’s a story of friendship and compassion. To celebrate Wild About Books Wednesday, I also whipped up a little two page freebie for you!
Many of my students have never been to a department store and I love using this book to help build upon their world knowledge. If you’re not familiar with this book, Corduroy resides in a big department store. He spends day after day on the shelf and nobody ever buys him. One day he realizes that he’s missing a button and then he sets off on a small adventure to find it!
There are so many skills you can target using this story:
1) Inferencing: If you’ve joined me for Wild About Books Wednesday before, then you know how much I love working on this skill. It’s critical for comprehension and it’s never too early to work on it! So many inferences can be made with this book! Examples: Why does Corduroy think that the escalator is a mountain? Why doesn’t anyone buy Corduroy?
2) Vocabulary: This is a great little book for vocabulary and using context clues. For instance, what’s a palace? What’s a department store? Scaffold students to use context clues to figure out these words!
3) Sequencing: Students can make their own sequencing map to outline the events of this story!
4) “A Dab of Comprehension” is becoming a mainstay on my blog! I love these little sheets! After students answer the WH ? they can use a bingo dauber to color in the circle!
5) Describing: I’ve been using the EET quite a bit lately.. I whipped up a cute little bingo dauber activity that is inspired by the EET. After students provide a description for the circle, they can color it in using a dauber or marker!
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How have you used Corduroy? I’d love if you would comment with your ideas!
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