Connecting a kindergarten writing lesson with a picture book provides our young learners with a concrete concept for their writing and drawing. Finding picture books kids love, like Mo Willems' Pigeon books, gives kids an engaging topic; adding in some arts and crafts allows for fine motor opportunities and hands-on connections to the characters. (Click on the photo to access the download.)
Pigeon Books on Youtube
In our transitional kindergarten classroom, I start this writing activity by reading several pigeon books from Mo Willems' series. If you've never read his books before, oh my goodness, do it! His books are my absolute favorite read alouds. There are so many opportunities for voice changes and animation, giving you the chance to be super silly with the kids! Some of Mo's famous titles are listed below. If you don't own any of his books yet or they are unavailable at your library, you might use the following youtube links to share with your class:
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
The Pigeon HAS to Go to School
The Pigeon Finds a Hotdog
The Pigeon Want a Puppy
Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
Writing Lesson with Pigeon
After reading the book or books of your choice, introduce your writing lesson. The writing options provided in our craft pack are open-ended, so they can be used with any of the pigeon books. Three writing options are included to meet the needs of your students. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Draw the characters in the story.
Draw a picture of what Pigeon wanted to drive.
Draw a picture of Pigeon when he's mad.
Write a sentence to tell what Duckling wanted to put on his hotdog.
Pigeon Craft Pack
Once your students have completed their writing, glue the sheets to standard sheets of construction paper to create a frame around it. Then create Pigeon! Glue him to the top of the frame.
Pigeon Craft Example
Here's how Pigeon turned out in our classroom:
Kindergarten Arts and Crafts BOOK COMPANION Bundle
We just LOVE connecting to picture books with writing lessons and arts and crafts! Prep for back to school with this craft bundle that includes our top 12 book companion crafts to create throughout the course of an entire school year! Teachers love these engaging, across the curriculum crafts that also encourage students to practice their fine motor skills! Students just LOVE to create and learn with their favorite book characters! (Click on the photo to access the download.)
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Pages 3-11: Tacky the Penguin Craft and Writing: Draw an act of kindness.
Pages 12-18: Sneezy the Snowman Ice Cream Scoop Addition (to 7) and Comprehension Craft
Pages 19-25: Too Many Carrots Craft and Writing: I share…
Pages 26-35: Knuffle Bunny Craft and Drawing: Draw two characters from the story.
Pages 36-40: Wordy Birdy: Draw the problem and solution.
Pages 41-45: Dragons Love Tacos: Make a list of ingredients for tacos.
Pages 46-52: Caps for Sale: Addition Craft (for 5 up to 17)
Pages 53-60: Pete the Cat Craft and Writing (blank lines)
Pages 61-69: Mo Willems’ Pigeon Craft and Writing (for any Pigeon book)
Pages 70-79: Spookley, the Square Pumpkin Craft and Writing: I am unique because…
Pages 80-90: Mrs. Wishy Washy’s Farm Craft and Drawing: Draw her farm animals.
Pages 91-100: Santa’s Stuck Craft and Drawing: I will get him out
More lesson with Mo Willems
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