Thursday, November 2, 2017

Monarch 2018 Nominee: Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Barnett, Mac, and Jon Klassen. Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. Somerville, Candlewick Press, 2014.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole is one of the nominees for the Monarch Award this year. Somehow, I had NEVER read this book!

I decided to read it to my 2nd group students, and had a great time learning the story with the kids. I also want to encourage them to read for pleasure, so the first time, we simply read the story and talked about it.

The next library class, I asked students to retell the story, we watched a video of a child reading the story, and then I had students write how they felt / what they thought when they heard the story. Were there any connections to their own life? Had they ever dug a hole before?

I really wasn't sure what to expect, and wanted to give students time to absorb and reflect on the story. They gave me all kinds of connections and we put up their writing around the library!