Since Halloween is coming up, I decided to focus on a book that would be great to read during this time. I chose Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. Have you read this book? I just heard about it not too long ago, and it is awesome. It is about a rabbit who loves carrots. He pulls carrots from Crackenhopper Field on his way to school, from school, to baseball practice, and any other time he gets a chance. But then one day he thinks he sees creepy carrots following him. He starts seeing them everywhere he goes! What will he do to solve this problem?? You better get the book to find out. Or you could enter to win a copy of the book at the bottom of this post!
My book study has a lot of different activities to do with your students. Here are a few I decided to spotlight:
In this activity, students think about how the main character in the story looks and they draw a picture and write the outside traits. They then think about the story and write the inside traits of the main character. Your students will love making the window to peek in at the inside traits.
SHADES OF MEANING
This activity focuses on three words from the book. Each word has two synonyms, and students put the words in order from weakest to strongest. For example, one set of words is creepy, terrifying, and frightening. I would put creepy on the bottom, then frightening, then terrifying, because terrifying is the strongest form of the word.
SYNONYMS AND ANTONYMS
There are two versions of this activity. In the first, students cut out words and then decide if they are synonyms or antonyms for the word Creepy. Then they glue them in the correct spot.
The other version is nice if you don't have as much time, or if you don't want to deal with the cutting and gluing. In this activity, students come up with their own synonyms and antonyms for the word, then they write a sentence using one of their words.
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In this activity, students come up with an adjective to replace creepy. They then decorate the carrots depending on the adjective. For example, I chose crazy carrots.
Other activities in this book study include:
A centers activity for sorting synonyms and antonyms
Nonstandard measuring with paperclips and counting cubes
Retell the story with beginning, middle, and end
Problem and solution
*Two versions of all activities are included: one with the gray border shown and one with a simple line border.
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Next month's Books and Beyond post will feature a Thanksgiving picture book. What book would you like to see me spotlight?