|Book Cover of "Flying" by Donald Crews|
The second book in the Donald Crews book study that I would like to talk about is Flying.
This is a great book for discussing sequencing. It also illustrates, through pictures, the process of boarding a plane, lifting off, what you see when you're flying, and the landing process. The book is a little old-fashioned, because of course it shows the plane from Donald Crews' perspective when he was little. My kindergarten kids really thought it was a cool book, though.
I made two papers for two different days that were very successful. The one idea was a writing paper with a picture and a word bank, where the students could use sentence starters to write their own story about getting on a plane:
Airport Writing Prompt by Sharon A Blachowicz Dudley on Scribd
I came up with some easy-to-read sentence starters that my kids have used since January to help them in their writing. I laminate these posters for each table, and they keep them in a bucket in the middle of the table, that they can pull out at any time. It really helps them to not keep writing "I see" a thousand times:
Donald Crews Flying Prompts by Sharon A Blachowicz Dudley on Scribd
Here are some samples of my kids' writing:
I'd love to hear from you about your favorite Donald Crews book!