Have you decided to add blueberries to your inventory of lesson plan topics? Did you already settle on a list of stories to incorporate into your students’ themed activities? If not, I’d like to mention several books that would be appropriate for such a unit. Here they are:
“Blueberries for Sal”
In my opinion, Robert McCloskey’s book “Blueberries for Sal” would make a wonderful addition to a unit on berries. Its storyline focuses on a child’s blueberry picking experience. Thus, you could use it as an introduction to various themed activities. For example, you could read the story and then have the children paint with blueberries or count them.
If you do decide to engage the kids in a counting activity, there are two that are designed to go with the book posted on the Scholastic’s website. One is titled “Gone Blueberry Picking” and the other is titled “Tremendous Mouthful.” Those activities and McCloskey’s story would also pair exceptionally well with Sue Ann Alderson’s book “Wherever Bears Be.” Its storyline covers similar ground.
“A Fair Bear Share”
Speaking of counting blueberries, you may want to grab a copy of Stuart J. Murphy’s book “A Fair Bear Share” too. Its storyline focuses on a fictional family of bears that are working on creating a blueberry pie. I’d suggest reading the book and then launching into a math or dramatic play activity.
For instance, you could give the children plastic measuring cups, silver cupcake liners, pie tins and blue pom poms. Then you could have them count how many blueberries it takes to fill up each container.
You could also pair it with a “Berry Picking” math worksheet and Emily Pearson’s book “Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed.” Its story includes references to blueberries and sharing as well.
“One Little Blueberry”
If you want to keep the math activities rolling, I’d suggest reading Tammi Salzano’s book “One Little Blueberry.” Its storyline involves a group of creatures that are all vying for the same blueberry. You could pair it with a homemade memory game that features characters from the book or a board game. The Tools for Educators website has a basic blueberry game board that you could use for such endeavors.
Looking for a book that would work as a transition to a lesson about colors? Well then, you may want to give Rebecca Kaler’s tome “Blueberry Bear” a try. Its storyline focuses on a blueberry loving bear and the basics of mixing colors. It would pair quite nicely with Alice Low’s book “Blueberry Mouse.” Its storyline focuses on a blue mouse that shares Kaler’s bear’s passion for the little, round fruit.
“Blueberries Grow on a Bush”
Mari Schuh’s book “Blueberries Grow on a Bush” made my list too. As you can probably guess by the book’s title, its storyline focuses on blueberry production. Thus, you could use it as a precursor to a science lesson. It could also be paired with books about berry picking. Ones to consider are Dawn Davis Dewitt’s “Searching for Blue Bears”, Ann Dixon’s “Blueberry Shoe” and C.L.G. Martin’s “The Blueberry Train.”
Source: Personal Experience
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