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Posts Tagged ‘Fluency’

THE CHANT BOOKS: Read, Taste, Teach!

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

My chant books are a celebration of  words, rhythm, rhyme, and biodiversity. To celebrate my upcoming (June 16th, 2011) vegetable chant, I’ve assembled sound samples to help in teaching and understanding these books.  (more…)

Rah, Rah, Radishes: A Vegetable Chant

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

Oh boy, bok choy! Rah, Rah, Radishes: a Vegetable Chant is out in stores. (Go, Go, Grapes: a Fruit Chant will follow in May 2012.) My thanks to all of you who encouraged me to keep pursuing a home for the veggie book.  I hope it encourages kids to taste delicious vegetable words and the vegetables, too.


The Dynamic Nonfiction Classroom: a Visit to Indian Hill Elementary in Ohio

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

It is going to take me quite a while to process all the great teaching techniques I witnessed at Indian Hill Elementary and Indian Hill Primary, two schools in Cincinnati. Just look at what Mrs. Bauer and her class were doing with nonfiction. This is a classroom full of words. You can see their process on the walls. (more…)

Hush Little Puppy Activities

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

These are from Hamilton Traditional School in Indiana.

Language fun with Crocodile Listens and the chant books

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

This amazing teacher worked with her students to put together a Thanksgiving-appropriate story using the structure of Crocodile Listens. See what happens when turkey listens!

They also created a turkey chant using the chant books as a structural element.  Mrs Schwartz is clearly an extraordinary teacher.

Hamilton School Digs Into Literacy and Science

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Turkey Chant Using Breeds of Turkeys!

In Nov, 2008 I had a wonderful visit to Hamilton Traditional School in South Bend, IN. Curriculum leader Marcia LaBelle brought me in.  The school was decked with creative art and writing related to my books. Classrooms I visited were doing in-depth writing, using some of my books as structural models. (more…)

6+ Traits of Writing: Sayre’s Books as Models

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
Sayre’s Books As Models For Teaching The 6 + Traits of Writing    
Ideas (details, development, focus) Trout Are Made of Trees     

Stars Beneath Your Bed: the Surprising Story of Dust

Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls of Whales, Elephants, and Birds

Ocean, Coral Reef, and other in the “Exploring Earth’s Biomes” series

Organization (internal structure) Vulture View     

Trout Are Made of Trees

Home At Last: a Song of Migration

Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls of Whales, Elephants, and Birds

Ocean, Coral Reef, and other in the “Exploring Earth’s Biomes” series

Voice (tone, style, purpose, audience) Trout Are Made of Trees     

The Bumblebee Queen

If You Should Hear a Honey Guide

Army Ant Parade

Dig, Wait, Listen: a Desert Toad’s Tale

Word Choice (precise language and phrasing) Vulture View     

The Bumblebee Queen

Stars Beneath Your Bed

Dig, Wait, Listen: a Desert Toad’s Tale


Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls of Whales, Elephants, and Birds

Sentence Fluency (rhythm, cadence) Vulture View     

Bird, Bird, Bird: a Chirping Chant

Home At Last: a Song of Migration

Trout, Trout, Trout: a Fish Chant

Ant, Ant, Ant: An Insect Chant


Conventions (mechanical correctness) any
Presentation (handwriting, formatting, layout) The Bumblebee QueenTrout, Trout, Trout: a Fish Chant     

One Is a Snail, Ten Is a Crab (Great for pagination.)

Knox County, OH school visit activities. Wow!

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Wow, Knox County, OH schools had fun with my books!. What extraordinary teachers and students. The countryside near there is beautiful, too.

Vulture View

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Vulture View, a Theodor Geisel Honor Book, American Library Association. I am so excited about this book! It explores the life of vultures, surely some of the most underappreciated cleaners in the world. It also teaches kids about warm air rising and cooling air sinking. (more…)

About Me
April Sayre

April Pulley Sayre is a photo-illustrator and award-winning author of over 65 books including Bloom Boom, Warbler Wave, Full of Fall, and Thank You, Earth.  Her read aloud picture books, known for their lyricism, playful voice, and scientific precision, have been translated into Korean, French, Dutch, Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic. Sayre’s ten photo-illustrated books include the classic Rah, Rah, Radishes and Raindrops Roll, which was both an ALA Notable and a NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book. Best in Snow received four starred reviews and was on many 2016 best book lists.  Learn more…


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