Monday, August 5, 2013

Too Much Glue

I was so blessed to receive a copy of the cutest book Too Much Glue.  It is perfect for the beginning of the year!  This is the story of Matty, who loves glue.  One day in art class, he creates a huge glue puddle, then jumps into the middle. 

The class has to work together to help Matty out of the glue.  The writing and illustrations are so much fun!  I know my kindergarteners will eat it up.  Here are some of the ways I can imagine using this book in the classroom:  
  • Introducing glue.  I love what the teacher says in the book: "Glue raindrops, not puddles!"
  • Illustration Study.  The illustrator uses the whole page, shows the pictures from different points of view, emphasizes certain words by enlarging them, and carries details about the setting and characters across the pages.  If you use In Pictures and In Words during your Writing Workshop, I'm sure you can see how much conversation could come out of these illustrations.
  • Problem Solving.  In the book, the students try lots of different strategies to get Matty out of the puddle.  You could stop reading before the solution is revealed and have students come up with their own solutions for getting Matty out or do experiments to find the fastest way to dry glue.  
  • 7 Habits.  This book has great examples of Habit 6 (Synergize - Working Together) and would also lend itself to a conversation about how Matty could be more proactive.  (What if he had stopped and thought before jumping in the glue?)
  • Persuasive Writing/Comparison.  At the end of the book, Matty starts using tape instead of glue.  Your students could write about the pros and cons of using each, and then write about which is best to use. 

See, this book is so full of possibilities.  I can't wait to read it to my new students!  It is the first picture book for both the author and illustrator, but I'm hoping there will be many more to come.  Check out the illustrator's blog and the author's facebook page.

I wanted to share some new TpT products really quickly, too.  Over the weekend, I added a few new Owl and Chevron themed products.

These mini-posters don't actually have owls on them, but they have chevron prints to match the Owl and Chevron products.

You can now get all my Owl and Chevron products in a bundle, for a two dollar savings!  That includes a calendar and weather set, number posters, word wall headers, and alphabet posters. 

Also, I got really positive responses from my new Word Family Posters, so I decided to make coordinating alphabet posters, too.

 All of the alphabet posters have the same pictures, just different backgrounds to hopefully match your classroom decor.
 The vowels and letters C, G, and X have three different poster options.  There are separate posters for the short and long vowel sounds (or soft and hard consonants) and posters with them combined as above.
Hope you like them and good luck to everyone starting school this week!


  1. Love that book!!!

    You are killing me with those owl and chevron posters! L-O-V-E! :)

    It's "OWL" Good in Kindergarten

  2. That book looks adorable! Thanks for sharing!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies


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