Wednesday, May 13, 2009

National Day of the Teacher

Some books to honor the teacher on National Day of the Teacher!

Winters, Kay.
My Teacher for President.
Dutton Children's Books.
Guided Reading Level: J

One child obviously appreciates his teacher, going as far as to write a letter to a local television station in hopes of nominating her for President. The side-by-side illustrations that we see show a child's perspective of the election, while at the same time, allowing children to get an adult's perspective on what different aspects of the Presidency involve.
My teacher acts quickly when there's an emergency. And she says health care is important.
The child sees the teacher acting quickly in the emergency when the class pet escapes its cage... that illustration is countered with a picture of the teacher (as President) passing out food to those in need. The following page shows her bandaging up injured children on the playground (as teacher) and participating in a ribbon cutting ceremony at a new pediatric care unit (as President). The book ends with the child closing the letter by asking that the teacher not leave until the current school year has ended.

Not only does this book honor the works of a teacher, it also would double as a resource when teaching children about the President. Definitely worthy of a spot among the classroom library!

Dr. Seuss, Jack Prelutsky & Lane Smith.
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day!
Alfred A. Knopf.

This book is truly hilarious! Started by Dr. Seuss, it was completed in 1998 with help from Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith... they did Dr. Seuss justice, I'd say and kids are sure to love the story!

Tribute is paid not only to a beloved teacher, but to the entire Diffendoofer School, which focuses teaching children how to think.
My teacher is Miss Bonkers,
She's as bouncy as a flea.
I'm not certain what she teaches,
But I'm glad she teaches me.

When a test similar to today's standardized tests must be administered at the school, Principal Mr. Lowe, fears that the children won't be able to apply what they've learned and that the school will then be closed and children will be sent to nearby Flobbertown where,
They dress in just one style.
They sing one songe, they never dance,
They march in single file.
They do not have a playground,
And they do not have a park.
Their lunches have no taste at all,
Their dogs are scared to bark.
Miss Bonkers gently reminds students that they are capable of passing the test...
Miss Bonkers rose. "Don't fret!" she said.
"You've learned the things you need
To pass that test and many more -
I'm certain you'll succeed.
We've taught you that the earth is round,
That red and white make pink,
And something else that matters more -
We've taught you how to think."
and they do, with flying colors! The children and staff celebrate by declaring Diffendoofer Day and sing the Diffendoofer Song.
We love you, Diffendoofer School,
We definitely do.
There surely is no other school
That's anything like you.
You're gribbulous, you're grobbulous,
Each day we love you more.
You are the school we treasure
And unceasingly adore.

Oh, finest school in Dinkerville -
The only one as well -
We love you, Diffendoofer School,
Much more than we can tell.
You are so diffendooferous
It gives us joy to say,
Three cheers for Diffendoofer School -
Greene, Rhonda Gowler.
This is the Teacher.
Dutton Children's Books.

If the kids love Simms Taback's This is the House that Jack Built, they're sure to enjoy This is the Teacher, as it follows an almost identical telling. Teacher are sure to get a kick out of it, as this teacher's day starts out very similar to their own, and in many instances, ends the same way - passed out in bed, exhausted from a busy day!
This is the teacher with books in a bag
who walks from the building, beneath the tall flag,
leading the line
past the mural they made
near the kid who got sick
by the fountain that clogged
as the bad bee went buzz
and the raindrops fell - plop!
after - whack! - the ball soared
near the room where they munched
and that hamster that kid
by the books that fell - oops! -
near the tooth that was found
and the cupcakes that flew
by the scared girl who shrieked
at the long snake that climbed
toward the ants that were spilled
by the students who rushed
and toppled the teacher...
... all ready for bed!
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style='clear: both;' Bookworm said...

Hi Katie!

I want to let you know that I just posted the interview!

Thank you so much! You are wonderful and I appreciate all you do!