This sweet little book is absolutely perfect for introducing the purpose of a comma. The entire book only has 5 words. The words are rearranged with and without commas to show their purpose. The book is simple, yet I think it could be entertaining and useful across the ages.
The orange doesn't show up very well in this picture, but it is an orange bear.
This pictures show the words separated by a comma.
The Neat Line - Scribbling Through Mother Goose
This is one of my all time favorite books. It could be because it’s related to Mother Goose nursery rhymes and I have soft spot for those.
Don’t be fooled though, there is an entirely different meaning to this book. There are 2 story lines going on, one having to do with popular nursery rhymes and the other having to do with the life of the “neat line”. This line starts out as nothing on the first page and progresses through the story.
The line is on every page and it turns and shapes itself into useful/helpful things. Each nursery rhyme gives new purpose and shape to the line. It’s a supercute book that sparks children’s imagination.
I used it as an introduction a writing lesson. I gave my students a piece of yarn to glue to their writing paper. They were allowed to turn their yarn into anything that they wanted and then write about it. They LOVED this activity. We had snakes, princesses, trees and starfish families. It was so much fun to do and they were so engaged!
Now for an adult book...
I recently read this book (I read all of his books) and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The story line was different for him and it was not predictable like some of his can be. If you like Nicholas Sparks or love stories you will enjoy this one.
I would love to know what you're reading right now...in class and out!
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