The perceptive student who wrote a five-paragraph essay arguing that Her Right Foot should win the Caldecott, noticed that the end papers showed the process of oxidation. This was particularly exciting for me because we had just finished our weathering unit. It was an unexpected bonus to see physical weathering illustrated in this Caldecott contender.
Activity Name: Oxidation on the Move
Activity Description: Just like many people missed that The Statue of Liberty was on the move before coming across Dave Eggars and Shawn Harris's book, many people don't realize physical weathering is on the move all around us. Divide a white piece of paper in half. Have students cut out a chair or a fence, anything that's copper, out of brown construction paper, and glue it down on one half of the paper. Then, ask students to cut the same object out of green paper, and glue it down on the other half of the paper. Finally, have students write a paragraph about oxidation and the physical weathering process.
Interview with Matthew Winner: www.allthewonders.com/podcasts/shawn-harris-all-the-wonders-episode-408/
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.