Sunday, October 4, 2009


Who knew that such fuzzy critters could cause such an uproar!?!

Shaw, Nancy.
Sheep in a Jeep.
August 2009.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Guided Reading Level: G

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

Records the misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep.

I've reviewed several of Nancy Shaw's "sheep" books in the past... and I've loved every one them! This is no different! The rhyming text coupled with this newly released lap board book edition make this book absolutely perfect for getting the youngest children involved and loving books! It's laugh-out-loud funny, something that will easily appeal to all children! Definitely glad to have this book on my shelf!

Activities to Use in Collaboration with this book:
  • Interactive Writing - Create a companion class book using rhyming words. Sample titles could include:
    Sheep Leap
    Sheep Sleep
    Sheep Beep
  • Rhyming Words - Use this reproducible to create a manipulative to practice rhyming words.
    Letter size paper - I reproduced several copies of a sheep with a space then "e e p." I used an exacto knife to cut slits where the space was.

    Legal size paper - I reproduced several copies of beginning sounds (sh, d, b, p, k. sl) for eep words on legal size paper. I then cut them into strips. I had drawn stop signs at each end of the strips. (Wow! d, p, b - major confusion most kids at this stage.)

    I showed the kids how to insert their strip and fold the ends so it wouldn't pull all the way through. There were enough kids who caught on to help the rest of the class assemble their sheep. Then, they could practice saying the beginning sound before "eep" and read them to their parents at home!

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