Workshop booklist

Some of these books are published outside the UK, but you local bookshop or public library may still be able to source them if you ask.

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Awesome Dawson by Chris Gall
Lots of tinkering ideas for all ages
https://uk.pinterest.com/danae/learning-tinkering/

Welcome to your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz
Ask children to bring in large cardboard boxes and turn them into robots using recycled junk.

Rosie Revere, Engineer written by Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts
Teachers’ notes from Reading is Fundamental
http://www.rif.org/documents/us/Rosie_Revere_Engineer.pdf

Teachers’ notes from the publishers
http://www.abramsbooks.com/academic/rosie_revere_engineer_tg.pdf

More activity ideas on the author’s website
http://www.andreabeaty.com/rosie-revere-engineer.html
http://www.andreabeaty.com/parents–teachers.html

Ideas for classroom use from Reading.org
http://www.reading.org/literacy-daily/classroom/post/engage/2013/09/17/putting-books-to-work-rosie-revere-engineer

Activity ideas from bloggers
http://amomwithalessonplan.com/tinkering-station/
http://www.playingbythebook.net/2013/09/18/three-cheers-for-rosie-revere/

The Most Magnificent Thing written and illustrated by Ashley Spires
Lesson plan from the publishers
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2014/10/design-thinking-lesson-connects-classmates

Literacy lesson plan based around The Most Magnificent Thing, including an author interview
https://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/spires/

How to Bicycle to the Moon to plant Sunflowers written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Detailed (US) lesson plan
http://achievethecore.org/file/1575

11 Experiments That Failed written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
Simple lesson plan
http://childrenschoiceaward.wikispaces.com/11+Experiements+That+Failed

Discussion questions and curricula activities
http://www.islma.org/pdf/2014MonarchAwardMasterList/11_Experiments.pdf

Activity sheet on the scientific method, inspired by 11 Experiments That Failed
http://ideabackpack.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/freebie-activity-menu-on-scientific.html

The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty written and illustrated by Karla Strambini
Classroom ideas from the publishers
http://www.walkerbooks.com.au/statics/dyn/1371003393224/The-Extraordinary-Mr-Qwerty.pdf

Colouring in /drawing sheet based on an illustration from The Extraordinary Mr. Qwerty
http://michaelwindle.com/wba/wbipb/WBiPBStoryTimeActivityPack.pdf (p.20)

Costume idea
http://honeybeebooksblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014_08_01_archive.html

What Floats in a Moat? written by Lynne Berry and illustrated by Matthew Cordell
Lesson plan for investigating sinking and floating
http://lessonplanspage.com/ScienceWillTheBoatSinkOrFloat4.htm/

Simple sinking/floating investigation
http://www.stirthewonder.com/science-books-preschoolers-sinkfloat-experiment/

Additional activity ideas
Many of these activities could work well with a number of the books above.
-visit a recycling centre
-junk modelling (build something out of materials which would otherwise have gone in the bin/recycling)
-tinkering with old machines – taking apart toasters, plus, vacuum cleaners etc
-building robots – real or toy
-learn about robots which are used in factories
-debate why things should be used again (or why they shouldn’t)
-borrow from the maker movement
-ask an engineer parent/grandparent in to talk about their workshop
-scientist/engineer role play area

sciencebooks

The Trouble with Dragons written and illustrated by Debi Gliori
The Trouble with Dragons – Resources for Rethinking
http://resources4rethinking.ca/en/resource/the-trouble-with-dragons

Debi Gliori talks about her book The Trouble With Dragons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSaE_T600CY

Telling our children about climate change could leave them angry, worried or even traumatised. So when and how should we do it, asks Leo Hickman – article from the Guardian newspaper
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/may/22/climate-change-children-education-books

The Promise written by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Laura Carlin
Teaching sequence from the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education
http://www.corebooks.org.uk/the-promise-0 (NB Time limited – only up till March 6 2014)

An interview with Nicola Davies
http://www.playingbythebook.net/2013/09/16/an-interview-with-nicola-davies/

Laura Carlin talks about illustrating The Promise by Nicola Davies
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HjRgG4M3P8

Nicola Davies learning resources from the Scottish Booktrust
http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/learning/teachers-librarians/teaching-resources-cpd/second-level-upper-primary/nicola-davies-ecology-conservation

The Lost Stars written and illustrated by Hannah Cumming
KS1 and KS2 lesson plans from the publisher
http://www.childs-play.com/teacher-zone/the_lost_stars.html

Outdoor activity book from Darksky.org
http://www.darksky.org/assets/documents/education/Activity%20Book.pdf

KS1 lesson plans to accompany the BBC series Stargazing Live
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/tv/guides/BBC_Stargazing_Live_2012_Lesson_plans_KS1.pdf

Bag in the Wind written by Ted Kooser and illustrated by Barry Root
Plastic bag lesson plan on the TES
https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Plastic-Phenomena-2-6053133

How to run a whole school litter campaign from LItterAction
http://bit.ly/1DF0v4W

Waste minimisation pack for schools
http://ecoactive.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/REDUCE-REUSE-and-recycle-pack.-web.pdf

The Boy who lost his Bumble written and illustrated by Trudi Esberger
Bee resources from Friends of the Earth
http://www.foeyouthandeducation.co.uk/bee-resources/

Protecting endangered bees: news and resources round up from the Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2013/may/05/bees-protecting-endangered-news-resources-round-up

Just bee good to me! Encouraging our country’s honey bees – a lesson plan from the Co-operative
http://bit.ly/1KbO8Bc

Animal Rescue by PatrickGeorge
Classroom debate plans
http://www.allaboutanimals.org.uk/PT-Stage2-Citizenship3.asp

Free resources from PETA
http://www.petaf.org.uk/EducationPacks.asp

All about animals Primary school resources
http://www.allaboutanimals.org.uk/SP_Issues.asp

The Great Big Green Book written by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Ros Asquith
Free resources and lesson plans from Friends of the Earth
http://www.foe.co.uk/learning/educators/resource_index.html

Sustainability resources from the TES
https://www.tes.co.uk/sustainability-whole-school-teaching-resources/

Lesson plans from the Forest Stewardship Council
http://www.fsc-uk.org/lesson-plans.83.htm

Coming and Going by Isabel Minhos Martins and Bernardo Carvalho
An interview with the author
http://www.finefinebooks.com/2012/05/planeta-tangerina-interview-with-isabel.html

Create artwork with coloured acetates to mimic the illustrations by Bernardo Carvalho

Activities surrounding (animal) migration
http://www.brainpop.com/educators/community/lesson-plan/migration-activities-kids/

We Have Lift Off! Written by Sean Taylor and illustrated by Hannah Shaw
Creating air powered rockets

We have lift off

Using recycled materials to design and build rockets
https://uk.pinterest.com/explore/cardboard-rocket/

Book trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFLn_y5qtAs

arthemedpicturebooks

The Noisy Paintbox written by Barb Rosenstock and illustrated by Mary GrandPré
Teacher/Librarian resource for ‘The Noisy Paintbox’ produced by the publishers
http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/TheNoisyPaintbox_Guide_WEB.pdf

Teaching invitations from The Classroom Bookshelf
http://classroombookshelf.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/the-noisy-paint-box-colors-and-sounds.html

Kandinsky Lessons for “The Noisy Paint Box” Pinterest board
https://uk.pinterest.com/barbrosenstock/kandinsky-lessons-for-the-noisy-paint-box/

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse written by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Interviews with the author and illustrator
http://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=41229

Matisse art lesson on TES connect
https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Mattisse-Art-Lesson-6265150

Pinterest board of Matisse inspired art lessons
https://uk.pinterest.com/eukent/matisse-elementary-art/

Brush of the Gods written by Lenore Look, illustrated by Meilo So
An interview with Meilo So
http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2379

Lesson plan from Ms Houghton’s Classroom
http://www.mshoughtonsclass.com/2013/09/29/brush-of-the-gods-math-lesson-plan/brush-of-the-gods/
http://www.mshoughtonsclass.com/2013/09/29/brush-of-the-gods-math-lesson-plan/

References for a Chinese Brush Painting Lesson from The Homeschool Den
http://www.parents.com/blogs/homeschool-den/2014/04/29/homeschool-den/chinese-brush-painting-lesson/

The Day the Crayons Quit written by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
An Educator’s Guide to ‘The Day the Crayons Quit (produced by the publisher)
http://www.penguin.com/static/images/yr/pdf/CrayonsGuide.pdf

The Day the Crayons Quit resource on TES connect
https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/The-Day-the-Crayons-Quit-6428794

Pinterest board dedicated to The Day the Crayons Quit
https://uk.pinterest.com/melissashields/the-day-the-crayons-quit/

A Reading is Fundamental guide to The Day the Crayons Quit
http://www.rif.org/documents/us/The-Day-the-Crayons-Quit.pdf

The First Drawing written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
Educator’s Guide produced by the publisher
http://media.hdp.hbgusa.com/titles/assets/reading_group_guide/9780316204781/EG_9780316204781.pdf

Simple teaching prompts
http://community.lessonplanet.com/t/new-picture-books-to-complement-your-curriculum/654

Cave Art activity ideas on Pinterest
https://www.pinterest.com/rejuju/cave-art-ideas/

Following my Paint Brush by Dulari Devi and Gita Wolf
Teaching resources and lesson/activity ideas for ‘Following My Paint Brush’
http://southasiabookaward.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/FollowingLP.pdf

Creating a Mithila-style painting
http://education.asianart.org/explore-resources/lesson-or-activity/creating-mithila-style-painting-activity

Mithila art lesson plan
https://www.maxwell.syr.edu/uploadedFiles/moynihan/sac/Mithila%20K-5%20lessons%20and%20rubrics.pdf

Journey by Aaron Becker
Book trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxUs41jB4Ts

Video interview with Aaron Becker
http://kidlit.tv/2014/04/candlewicks-five-questions-plus-one-with-aaron-becker/

Round up of resources for teaching wordless picture books
http://www.slj.com/2014/01/collection-development/jlg-booktalks/resources-for-award-winning-picture-books-jlgs-booktalks-to-go/

How to play The Shape Game
http://www.childrenslaureate.org.uk/previous-laureates/anthony-browne/shape-game/

The Museum written by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter Reynolds
23 page Educator Guide to go with ‘The Museum’
http://www.fablevisionlearning.com/pdfs/fablevision_museum_educators_guide.pdf

Activity sheets to go with ‘The Museum’
http://www.susanverde.com/teacher-parent-resources/

Emotion painting lesson plan
http://www.kinderart.com/painting/emotion.shtml

Expressing Emotions through Art – lesson plan from the J Paul Getty Museum
http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/classroom_resources/curricula/expressing_emotions/expressing_emotions_lesson01.html

Journey on a Cloud written by Veronique Massenot, illustrated by Elise Mansot
Tell us a Story Papa Chagall written and illustrated by Laurence Anholt

Chagall lesson plan
http://www.artsconnected.org/uploads/103677/Chagalllesson1.pdf

Another Chagall lesson plan
http://www.masterworksfineart.com/education/chagall/

Chagall art activity pinterest boards
https://uk.pinterest.com/artreekids/chagall-dreams/
https://uk.pinterest.com/dolandeborah/marc-chagall-student-work-decjan-lesson/

Tell Me a Picture: Adventures in looking at art by Quentin Blake
Use Google Art Project (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Art_Project) to explore great art galleries of the world or to curate your own exhibition
http://educade.org/lesson_plans/create-a-curated-art-exhibition-with-google-art-project
http://theteachingpalette.com/2011/02/17/9-ideas-for-integrating-google-art-project-in-your-curriculum/

Mural art lesson ideas
http://www.incredibleart.org/files/mural.htm

Quentin Blake colouring in
http://www.quentinblake.com/index.php/fun-free/coloring-in

Lesson plan for creative writing through wordless picture books (could be adapted for looking at art)
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/creative-writing-through-wordless-130.html

musicpicturebooks

Saint-Saëns’s Danse Macabre written by Anna Harwell Celenza, illustrated by JoAnn E. Kitchel
Lesson plan from Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
http://www.rpo.org/UserFiles/Link/Saint-Saens.pdf

Lesson plan in video format
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsUxmu4FeHw

Danse Macabre Pinterest board
https://www.pinterest.com/lori996/danse-macabre/

The Beatles by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom
KS2 resource pack from The Beatles Story, Liverpool
http://www.beatlesstory.com/sites/default/files/KS2%20RESOURCE%20PACK.pdf

Beatles power point from primaryresources.co.uk
www.primaryresources.co.uk/history/powerpoint/The_Beatles.ppt

Oral history project on Beatlemania (originally for US educators, but could be adapted to UK schools)
http://grammymuseum.s3.amazonaws.com/doc/Beatlemania-An-OralHistory_Ladies-and-Gentlemen…The-Beatles.pdf

The Composer is Dead written by Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Carson Ellis
Teaching guide 1
http://www.ingramcontent.com/Teacher%20Guides/HCCB%20Composer%20Is%20Dead%20TG.pdf

Teaching guide 2 (from the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra)
http://www.rpo.org/UserFiles/File/PDF/intermediate%201112/MFY_II_The_Composer_Is_Dead_LESSON_New.pdf

Teaching guide 3 (from the St. Louise Symphony Orchestra)
http://www.stlsymphony.org/media/pdf/cp/1112/KKComposerDead.pdf

Teachers’ resources (from Sydney Opera House)
http://d16outft0soac8.cloudfront.net/uploadedFiles/The%20Composer%20is%20Dead%20Ed%20Notes.pdf

Summoning the Phoenix – Poems and Prose about Chinese Musical Instruments written by Emily Jiang, illustrated by April Chu
Lesson plan from the Smithsonian on discovering regional Chinese music
http://www.folkways.si.edu/discovering-east-china-elementary-school/lullaby-vocal-outdoor-solo-programmatic/music/tools-for-teaching/smithsonian

Asian music resources from TeacherVision
https://www.teachervision.com/music/resource/8584.html

Music from China assembly plan on TES connect
https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/Music-of-the-week–music-from-china-6007743

Review and activity suggestions
http://www.thelogonauts.com/2015/01/phoenix.html

Gus and Me – The Story of my Granddad and my first guitar written by Keith Richards with Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro, illustrated by Theodora Richards
Make a toy guitar out of recycled materials
http://www.projectsforpreschoolers.com/make-a-toy-guitar-out-of-recycled-materials/

Malaguena video clip
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8B6jOUzBKYc

Guitar Hero in the classroom
http://www.teachprimary.com/learning_resources/view/imaginative-ict-guitar-hero-in-the-classroom

Octopus’s Garden written by Ringo Starr, illustrated by Ben Cort
Dancing lesson plan
http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/activity-plan-mixed-ages-dancing-water

How to make an ocean drum
http://www.kinderart.com/across/oceandrum.shtml

Make music using water eg water xylophones, splashing, or listen to sounds of wildlife in the ocean eg whale song.

Squeak Rumble Whomp Whomp Whomp written by Wynton Marsalis and illustrated by Paul Rogers
Event kit created by the publisher
http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763639915.kit.1.pdf

A conversation between Wynton Marsalis and Paul Rogers
http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763639915.art.1.pdf

Simple sound activity
http://peepandthebigwideworld.com/en/educators/curriculum/family-child-care-educators/sound/activity/morning-circle/59/read-and-discuss-squeak-rumble-whomp-whomp-whomp/

Changing sounds lesson plan from the BBC
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/teachers/ks2_lessonplans/science/changing_sounds.shtml

Here Comes Frankie by Tim Hopgood
Wax resist collage art
http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/25746/here-comes-frankie?_szp=297410

‘Here Comes Frankie’ on Teachingideas.co.uk
http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/library/books/herecomesfrankie.htm

Synaesthesia background and experiment which could be run in class
http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/syne.html

What a Wonderful World based on the song by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss as sung by Louis Armstrong, illustrated by Tim Hopgood
Interview with Tim Hopgood about illustrating ‘What a Wonderful World’
http://timhopgood.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/what-wonderful-world.html

Set of Louis Armstrong lesson plans
http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/3313

88 page Louis Armstrong eduction kit from The Smithsonian
http://www.smithsonianjazz.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=614&Itemid=132

mathsbookimages

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdös written by Deborah Heiligman, illustrated by LeUyen Pham

Prime number lesson plans on TES connect
https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resources/primary-42198/ks2-maths-43720/knowing-and-using-number-facts-43747/prime-numbers-43753/

That’s a Possibility!: A Book about What Might Happen written by Bruce Goldstone

Set up a bowling alley and test hypotheses about how many pins might be struck down. Ideas for home made bowling alleys: https://www.pinterest.com/zizi121212/diy-bowling/

Counting Chickens by Polly Alakija

Hide numbered eggs (real or plastic) all over the classroom and get the children to hunt for them and then do various sorting games eg putting all the even numbered eggs in one basket, or lining them up in descending number order. If using plastic eggs you could hide simple maths questions inside for the children to solve (perhaps the answer to the question is the number on the egg).

How Many Jelly Beans? written by Andrea Menotti and illustrated by Yancey Labat

Play with jelly beans/smarties and rice to investigate large numbers as I did with my family here http://www.playingbythebook.net/2012/02/29/combining-world-book-day-and-world-maths-day-with-752-smarties/

Additional related lesson plans can be found here:
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/04/lp337-04.shtml
http://map.mathshell.org.uk/materials/download.php?fileid=1474

365 Penguins written by Jean-Luc Fromental and illustrated by Joelle Jolivet
Make penguins out of paper cups and then stack them in various grids and formations mirroring those in the book, as I did with my family here http://www.playingbythebook.net/2010/02/25/penguin-multiplication/

Resource on TES connect
https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/365-penguins-6302550

Further resources linking penguins and maths
http://mathwire.com/themes/themepen.html

Infinity and Me written by Kate Hosford, illustrated by Gabi Swiatkowska

Discussion questions and activities from the author
http://khosford.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Infinity-and-Me-guide.pdf

Using spaghetti to teach the concept of infinity
https://teachingstem.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/infinity-and-me/

Shapes/Numbers/Opposites by PatrickGeorge

Go on a shape hunt, perhaps using this worksheet from Twinkl http://www.twinkl.co.uk/resource/t-n-962-shape-hunt-worksheet

More books and lots of activity ideas for teaching the concept of opposites
http://www.preschool-plan-it.com/opposites.html

The Lion’s Share written and illustrated by Matthew McElligott

Lots of projects and lesson plans on the author/illustrator’s website
http://matthewmcelligott.com/lionsshare/projects.php

Circle Square Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky
Activity guide created by the publishers (also links to interviews)
http://www.teachingbooks.net/tb.cgi?tid=40484&a=1

At the Same Moment, Around the World by Clotilde Perrin

Divide students into groups to research additional facts about each location, and have them present the information to the class, pointing out their particular time zones on the map. Here’s a TES connect resource on this topic:
https://www.tes.co.uk/teaching-resource/understanding-international-time-yr-6-7-6126701

Great places to find out about brilliant, new picture books

http://monkeysboo.blogspot.co.uk/
http://blog.picturebookmakers.com/
http://thispicturebooklife.com/
http://www.theaoi.com/blog/
http://picturebooksblogger.wordpress.com/
http://www.theillustratedforest.com/

http://librarymice.com/
http://booksniffingpug.blogspot.co.uk/
http://www.playingbythebook.net/
http://readitdaddy.blogspot.co.uk/
https://rhinoreads.wordpress.com/
http://picturebookden.blogspot.co.uk/

http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site
http://www.scottishbooktrust.com/blogs
http://www.booktrust.org.uk/books/children/blog/

Books for Keeps http://booksforkeeps.co.uk/
Carousel http://www.carouselguide.co.uk/
English 4-11 http://www.ukla.org/publications/english_4-11/
Federation of Children’s Book Groups’ Booklists http://www.fcbg.org.uk/booklists/

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