The Pigeon, Tamales, and a Dinosaur!

What do these have in common? 
Well, they are each characters from books!  

My class loves Pigeon and his wild antics.  Recently, we reread each of the books and created a bubble map to describe Pigeon.  The class said he has temper tantrums, is sneaky and wants to drive the bus.  With that in mind, we recreated our own version of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!  
Here are a few samples:

Look carefully. Pigeon is by the green door.

I love the motion lines of the subway.

Today we read, The Three Little Tamales.  Have you read this book?  It is so cute.

This book is about three little Tamales who run away in order not to be eaten.  Low and behold, they encounter a Lobo, who wants to huff and puff from here to Laredo.  I used this book to teach making Text to Text connections.  

Here are some samples:

Lastly, dinosaurs.  We sing a lot in our classroom.  I have my "standard" set of songs that I like to have them learn.  Some years, they work.  Other years, not so much depending on the personalities of the kids.  Months ago, I bought, Dinosaur Pet at our school's Book Fair.  Magic happened.  The loved the song and I love to hear their voices as they sing.  It is so sweet and innocent.  Everything a 5 year old should be.  So, if you are looking for a new book to add onto your bookshelf this may be it.  This book would be great to teach the months of the year. Go here to listen to Neil Sedaka sing this song with his grandkids.

Happy Teaching and Learning!


  1. I may have to steal that Pigeon activity-I love having them come up with new ideas based on a story-never thought to do it with that book. Thanks for sharing!


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