Preschool Author Study: David Shannon

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Our recent “Awesome Authors” class focused on David Shannon.  I had so many ideas!  I really had to limit myself.  Most of the kids were familiar with David Shannon’s work, especially the “David” books.  Here is what we did…

I had all of the books from our local library by David Shannon.  I made sure to keep them where the kids could pick them up and read them on their own.

I had all of the books from our local library by David Shannon. I made sure to keep them where the kids could pick them up and read them on their own.

The kids working...

I did things a bit different this week, where we made a craft before we read anything. I thought that if we did this first, the kids would connect to the stories better. I showed the kids the cover of the book and they created their own “David.”

For our “David” craft I had for each child:

~In skin colored paper~One head, neck, two arms, and a nose shaped a bit like a triangle.  I drew two circles on the noses for the nostrils

~In blue paper~One body, two sleeves

~In white paper~Three, or more depending on the size of the body, strips the width of the body, optional several teeth

~In black paper~ One mouth, optional several strips for the hair

~Eyes (can be attached or drawn on)

~Glue

~Paper to attach it to, I used orange like the background of No, David

The finished products...

The finished products…

Next we read No, David and the kids loved it!!  After reading the book, we did the activity that I found here.

Next we read No, David and the kids loved it!! After reading the book, we did the activity that I found here.

Most of the kids did really well with this activity.  Some had a hard time thinking about something that their parents don't let them do! That was surprising!

Most of the kids did really well with this activity. Some had a hard time thinking about something that their parents don’t let them do! That was surprising!

To prepare for the next activity, I copied a picture of David from David Goes to School and attached it to a piece of paper.

To prepare for the next activity, I copied a picture of David from David Goes to School and attached it to a piece of paper.

Next, we read David Goes to School.  This book was new to the kids and, of course they all loved it!  After we read it,

Next, we read David Goes to School. This book was new to the kids, and of course they all loved it! After we read it, I tried to teach the kids how to describe someone.  This task was easier for some kids more than others.  Then I called them back to the table one at a time and asked them to tell me four ways to describe David.  They did a great job with this one!

After our snack, we read Alice The Fairy.  If I had more time, I would have made wands with the class.  Maybe next time!

~Miss Jenny

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