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Big Al Paperback – September 1, 1997
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Yoshi's illustrations are rich and give life to Al's world underwater.
I've used this book in my classroom for kids to understand how we are all unique in our own way, but we each have a strength to offer others.
My rating: 5 stars!
What or if I would use this for: (Here is the copy of the lesson plan I used this book for)
Reader’s Workshop Big Al
Materials, Texts & Reminders: Sticky Notes
Whiteboards & Markers for all students
CLO/Standard I can notice and track character feelings to help me understand the story (plot/illustration) RL2.1 and 1.1 and W2.1 and 1.1
Checks for Understanding: Turn and Talk
Thumbs Up and Down
Language/Vocab: Character, Strong Feelings, illustrations
Differentiation/Assessment Partner Work, Visuals, Teacher Models
Yesterday we read Big Al and many of you noticed how his feelings changed throughout the story. Today we are going to look deeper at the author’s words and illustrations to understand how Big Al feels.
Dark blue Sticky Note #1: Let’s look at this page closely – (Reread it.) I think Big Al felt sad because the author used the words lonely and big salty tears. (Teacher draws Big Al with a sad face with one tear falling down).
Students use whiteboards and divide the whiteboard into 3 sections with a marker.
Go to second dark blue sticky note. Reread page and have students draw a simple picture of how Big Al feels.
Repeat with Page 3 dark blue sticky note. (nervous)
Repeat with Page 4 dark blue sticky note. (happy)
When you go back to your seats, write about how Big Al’s feelings changed throughout the story.Read more ›
I think all kids will like this book because when they read the end of the book, they will think about having all kinds of friends.
My favorite part of the book was when Big Al made lots of friends. What makes this book special is how he makes his friends, by saving them from the net.
Both boys and girls would like this book. Kids of all ages would like it, even adults of all ages.
I would give this book 4 stars. There is one part that I don't like, when he sneezes.
Review by Young Mensan Lila H., age 6
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm a speech language pathologist and will use this book with my students in elementary school. It's great for use with the story grammar marker and for retelling.Published 26 days ago by Lori B. K.
This is a good, in a sense, fable: don't judge a book (or fish) by its cover. Not a masterpiece but a solid "good read" picture book.Published 2 months ago by net shopper
I use this story to talk about friendship and caring with my students. It is a great story and a classic.Published 6 months ago by 4princesses
One of my childhood favorites! I'm so happy I can share this with my kids now.Published 7 months ago by Leslie from Accounting
This was one of my kid's favorite books, so I thought I should buy one for my little nieces. Beautiful illustrations and wonderful story about not judging by appearances.Published 13 months ago by Just Judy