3-Minute Teacher Review Video on the Joy of Discovering New Story Details
by Tatiana Florival
“This is one of those books where it helps kids realize that reading is fun, reading can be funny, and books can be entertainment.” —Brian Smith
Helping young readers discover the joy of reading is central to what we do at Scholastic Book Clubs—and kindergarten teacher Brian Smith from Oxford Elementary in Claremont, North Carolina, finds that The Napping House is a great choice for fostering his students’ love of books and stories!
On each page, his kindergartners delight in noticing the little things—such as where background characters go and how the weather changes through the window. Plus the versatile rhyming text leaves room for Brian to read aloud boisterously for laughs, or to gently prepare his class for break time.
Watch Brian’s teacher review video to find out how you can use The Napping House with your class! He recommends many different activities and lessons, including:
• Practicing Predictive Text: Once students start seeing the patterns in the rhyming story, they love guessing what comes next.
• Sequence of Events: Encourage kids to create a time line by illustrating all the different characters in order of their appearance in the story. (They can also practice transition words such as “next” and “then.”)
• Leading Into Rest Time: Before taking a break, The Napping House is a perfect read-aloud to help students wind down and discuss the importance of resting.
How do you plan to use The Napping House in your class? We’d love to hear from you! If you’re able, please share with us and other Scholastic Book Clubs teachers on Facebook and Instagram using the hashtag #ScholasticBookClubs.