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David Wiesner's book June 29, 1999 showcases this day.
|Grades||3 – 6|
|Calendar Activity Type||Author & Text|
In June 29, 1999, main character Holly Evans undertakes a scientific project that appears to have gigantic results when huge vegetables begin landing on the planet. Yet she's still not sure where the vegetables all came from.
David Wiesner, author of June 29, 1999 (Houghton Mifflin, 1992) and two-time Caldecott Award winner, composes humorous books with delightful illustrations that surprise the reader. In fact, in June 29, 1999, Wiesner's illustrations are indicative of the emotions of the various story characters: people are delighted, surprised, and, in some cases, curious. Such illustrations provide an excellent opportunity for discussion of feelings and how they are expressed wordlessly through the talent of the illustrator. Explore the pictures in Wiesner's book carefully and identify elements that make the emotions in the story obvious to someone reading the book. Your students might then create lists of words and their own illustrations to express the feelings portrayed.
- David Wiesner
If you're looking for information on Wiesner's books, his biography, and related resources, this Houghton Mifflin site is for you. It even includes illustrations and notes on Wiesner's creative process.
- The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
Focusing on Wiesner's Caldecott Medal–winning book, this series of classroom activities includes comparing Wiesner's book to other versions of the three pigs story as well as links to a Kidspiration story map and additional resources.
- Weber County Library: Wordless Picture Books
This site provides recommended wordless picture books for children.
Grades K – 2 | Lesson Plan | Minilesson
After listening to the beginning of a story, students use details in the text, personal experience, and prior knowledge to predict the way the story will end.
Grades 6 – 8 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
Students are exposed to wordless picture books and begin developing story lines, both orally and in writing, using an online, interactive story map.
Grades 3 – 5 | Lesson Plan | Standard Lesson
This lesson uses comic strip frames to define plot and reinforce the structure that underlies a narrative. Students finish by writing their own original narratives.