Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct (Plus Freebie!)

Happy Wild About Books Wednesday! Each Wednesday I talk about my favorite therapy tool - books! If you're a blogger, please consider joining in on this wild rumpus by linking up with a new or recent post about how you use a specific book in therapy! Just use the photo at the end of this post to link back to me. No blog? That's okay! You can join in by commenting on this post!

Today I'm talking about another one of my favorite books - Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems!
Mo Willems is an absolute genius. I adore all of his characters, but none like Edwina! She's my homegirl. I've used this book a couple times in my speech room and my students adore her too. It's about a happy-go-lucky T-Rex who doesn't seem to know she's the only one of her kind left. The entire town loves her, except for one boy - Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie. He's on a mission to rain on her parade and to convince her that she is supposed to be extinct.

Reginald soon finds that nobody in town cares that she's supposed to be extinct; They're too busy eating her deliciously baked chocolate chip cookies. Eventually, Reginald finally convinces Edwina. She's shocked at first, but after a few moments of thinking about... she is happy again! The rather miserable Reginald cannot help but to be happy too after seeing Edwina's reaction.

It's a great story about positivity! We all can learn from Edwina's carefree attitude.

There's endless possibilities to enhance language using this book! Here are a few ideas:

Pragmatics: Let's face it. Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie isn't the nicest kid in the world. This book opens up a great discussion about how to be a good classmate, citizen, and friend. You can talk about how Reginald can improve his social skills! I created a great freebie that you can use to discuss the qualities of a good friend!
Comparing/Contrasting: Create a venn diagram and compare Reginald and Edwina!

Persuasion: Reginald spends the ENTIRE book trying to persuade everyone in his little town that Edwina is supposed to be extinct! This is a great book to teach persuasion. Students can write a persuasive letter to their teachers/friends/parents about how dinosaurs are extinct or why chocolate chip cookies are the best!

Sequencing: This is a fantastic book for sequencing! You can really break the book down into three main events for students who are struggling or it can be broken down into many more. In addition, Edwina makes cookies for all of her friends and neighbors! You can discuss the sequence for making cookies! I made a sweet little freebie for this too:
Have you used this book? What are your ideas? If you would like these freebies feel free to grab it from my google drive by clicking HERE.

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