Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Book Synopsis: A girl and her mother are picking blueberries for a canning but soon end up splitting up and encountering bears.
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Reading: Predict (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K) Sequence (K9f, 1,9G, 2.8h, 3.5f, 4.5k, 5.5l) Math: Counting & Correspondence
Creating the Costume: I spent ALL summer trying to find overalls at a thrift store (paying full price for some at any other store wasn’t something I wanted to do) and had even used my rudimentary sewing skills to turn a denim dress into overalls (not a good outcome). So I was SUPER excited when I finally found these overalls (especially since overalls appear more than once in the rotation.) Some sandals from the kids section of the same thrift store (sometimes it is good to have baby feet) a bucket from the Target dollar section, a white turtle neck and a bear from my mom and I had Sal.
Delivery: It was really neat for me as a book nerd to introduce students to a classic that they had not heard of. I did not use the math focus when I did this book, but we did predict and sequence. Also, we happened to be working on welded chunks with decoding and the book had “ink” and “unk” (every time a blueberry was put in the pail the book went “plink” and “plunk”).