Happy Birthday Bunny

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  A Teacher’s Guide ! ##$ &'()*+ $, &-..$/  By Liz Garton ScanlonIllustrated by Stephanie Graegin Text Copyright C 2013 by Elizabeth Garton ScanlonIllustrations Copyright C 2013 by Stephanie GraeginBeach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing DivisionISBN 978-1-4424-0287-4 (hardcover) Praise for   ! ##$ &'()*+ $, &-..$/  “Scanlon delivers a sweet, rhyming text to tell the story of a little bunny's  birthday in Graegin's debut picture book. The succinct phrasing from page to  page marks this as a text for very young children just learning about  birthdays and birthday parties.” – Kirkus, Starred Review“…this is as memorable and heartfelt as a birthday book gets…. it’s pure celebration, and readers will share wholeheartedly in the pleasure.” - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review  About the Author Children’s writer and poet  Liz Garton Scanlon is the author of the highly-acclaimed, Caldecott-honored picture  book  All the World  , illustrated by Marla Frazee, as well as  Happy Birthday, Bunny , illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, Think Big  , illustrated by Vanessa Newton,  Noodle & Lou , illustrated by Arthur Howard, and  A Sock is a  Pocket for Your Toes , illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser. Future books include The Good-Pie Party , illustrated by Katy McDonald Denton, due in 2014, The Old Man and the Marvelous Wind, due in 2015, and others. Ms. Scanlon teaches writing privately and at Austin Community College, and is a frequent & popular presenter at schools, libraries and conferences. To learn more, visit her web site at  About the Illustrator Born during a blizzard on Groundhog’s Day in Chicago, Illinois, Stephanie Graegin spent her childhood drawing in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Houston, Texas. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. She later attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, obtaining a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking. Stephanie now lives in Brooklyn, New York where she illustrates books and games for children. Some of her books include Happy Birthday, Bunny! by Liz Garton Scanlon, Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins and Don’t Feed the Boy by Irene Latham. To learn more about Stephanie and her artwork,  please visit her website. Teacher’s Guide:  Happy Birthday, Bunny ! 2Created by: Christina Coppolillo  A Guide to This Guide: ã The Activities in this Guide were created with pre-school and kindergarten  children in mind and informed by the standards*  detailed below as well as by Blooms Taxonomy and Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. Activities can easily be adjusted to meet the needs of your most fragile and/or most advanced learners. ã Activities are laid out in a suggested order,  but do what works best for your classroom! ã Key concepts are in bold  and possible responses are in  italics . * Standards  used to create the Activities in this Guide: For Pre-Schoolers :Early Learning and Development Guidelines as suggested by the  NAEYC and NAECS/SDE. The following Domains are addressed throughout:cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language development, motivation and ap proaches to learning, as well as discipline-specific domains including the arts, literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies.For Kindergartners : ã Common Core for Language Arts (CCSS ELA) and Mathematics (CCSS Math)Speaking & Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration standards are addressed throughout; additional Common Core standards addressed are listed below each Activity. ã  National Council for Social StudiesThe following Thematic Strands are addressed throughout:culture, time/continuity/change, people/places/environments, individual development/identity, individuals/groups/institutions.Specific standards from the following are included after each activity: ã  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) (the 2/13 draft) ã California Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards ã California Physical Education Content Standards Teacher’s Guide:  Happy Birthday, Bunny ! 3Created by: Christina Coppolillo  1. Birthday Brainstorm ã Using large chart paper titled “Birthday Brainstorm ”, ask your kiddos what comes to mind when they think of their birthdays. List all of their ideas and offer prompts if necessary: -cake and candles -pinata-photos (old and new) -making wishes-party -gifts-games -balloons-party favors -favorite meal  ã Close the activity by getting some thoughts from the kids about why we celebrate birthdays – what makes them important? -Having a baby is a big deal!-Celebrating that day each year is important and fun.-Everyone has their own special day. ã Post your class’ Brainstorm list to add and refer to later. -CCSS ELA: Language: Conventions of Standard English 2. Book Walk  Tell the students that today they are going to meet a Birthday Bunny! Introduce the book by reading the title as well as the author’s and illustrator’s names. Page through the book without reading the words and look at the pictures. Ask the kids what they are seeing and noticing. Is there a lot of overlap between the illustrations and their Birthday Brainstorm? Add to the Brainstorm if new things come up. Teacher’s Guide:  Happy Birthday, Bunny ! 4Created by: Christina Coppolillo
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