Two of my students wrote five-paragraph essays arguing that Lauren Eldridge should win the Caldecott for her illustrations in Claymates. As they wrote in their introductory paragraph, "Thanks to Lauren Eldridge, we know true friends stick together." This book is a ton of fun. So, I'm suggesting a fun activity to go along with it.
Activity Name: Animals and Their Habitats
Activity Description: Ask students to fold their paper in fourths and label each space with one of the following habitats: coniferous forest, desert, mountains, grasslands, polar regions, ocean, or tropical forest. Have them draw one animal that lives in each of these habitats. Then, give them two balls of clay and let them sculpt away. Can't wait to try this out in our animals and their environments unit at the end of the year!
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.