by Rhoda Gowler Greene
illustrated by James Kaczman
In When a Line Bends A Shape Begins, bouncy
verses describe and show 10 shapes that can be
created by the simple bending of a line. Each vibrant spread is devoted
different shape and is packed with examples. Shapes include squares,
ovals, rectangles, triangles, diamonds, circles, stars, crescents,
hearts, and octagons.
The illustrations are adorable, and the
real-world examples help kids see shapes in the
world all around them. Publishers Weekly
called it a "clever and fun introduction to assorted shapes" and
School Library Journal called
it "a fine addition to units on shapes and a perky read aloud."
Interest Level: PreK-Gr. 2 DRA Level: 16 Lexile Measure: 710L
Grade Equivalent: 5.2 Guided Reading: M
Below are sample spreads from inside this book. The first spread is devoted to squares. The text references the examples of squares included in the illustration. Kids will love finding the different examples as your read the rhyme.
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author of this book provides some suggested extension activities:
-Make a shape picture. Using shapes cut in various sizes, have the students create an object (boat, house, train, car, etc.), animal, or person…
-Have a shape feast. Serve snacks that are in various shapes, like (line - spaghetti, licorice, pretzel sticks or rods, square - crackers, cheese cubes…
-Make a shape mobile--Have students cut shapes from brightly colored construction paper. Tie different lengths of yarn or string from a hanger…
-Take a shape walk--Take a walk through the building or outside and have the students tell how many different shapes they see in everyday things around them.
To access the full instructions for these activities, visit the author's website here.
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