Caldecott Medal Storybook Fun with Extra Yarn







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Posted on May 25 2015 - 1:00am by Jill
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I hope that you and your children are having fun learning alongside the Poppins Book Nook participants. Last month we explored and created storybook activities themed to farms. This month’s new theme is Caldecott Medal books and is sure to have a lot of variety and fun for everyone since there is a lot of variety to be had from the numerous Caldecott Medal books in a wide scope of topics and subjects. There is sure to be some storybook fun for every child out there at every reading level.

Have some hands-on reading comprehension fun with the Caldecott Medal storybook Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

Yet again, this month we had a lot of hard decisions to make at our local library because the month’s theme of Caldecott Medal books is such a diverse topic and there are so many to choose from. While looking around, one in particular really caught our eye.  The Caldecott Medal book that caught our eye was Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. This fun storybook follows a young girl who likes to create fun things with her magical box of endless yarn for everyone nice she meets.

Extra Yarn

This month we dove into the world of Caldecott Medal Books with Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett. This book is full of fun imagery and has a wondrous story about Annabelle, a young girl from a cold little town that finds a box filled with yarn of every color she could imagine. She has a fun trying to use up all her yarn, but throughout the story she realizes that there is enough yarn for her to knit items for everyone in her town, the animals she encounters, and almost everything else too. Then, when someone else steals the box for their own use they find that it does not work for them. The morale of the story is that when you are kindhearted and look out for others before yourself and you do the right thing, then you will be rewarded. Annabelle is rewarded with the return of her box of yarn after it is stolen. To go with this storybook, Elizabeth and I just had to make a fun Extra Yarn Storybook Craft!

Extra Yarn Storybook Craft

To make your very own Extra Yarn Storybook Reading Comprehension Craft you will need the following materials:

Have some hands-on reading comprehension fun with the Caldecott Medal storybook Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

Start by reading the Extra Yarn storybook by Mac Bennett by yourself. Then, come up with 8-10 reading comprehension questions that pertain to your child’s learning level. Then, select a length of yarn that will allow you to connect all the questions together and be able to be wrapped into one big ball. Then, write your reading comprehension questions on a piece of masking tape. Attach the questions to the yarn by folding the masking tape over the yarn.

Have some hands-on reading comprehension fun with the Caldecott Medal storybook Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

Then, once you have all your questions completed you should be able to create a long line of questions out of your yarn. Then, prepare your box by painting it whatever color you want. Elizabeth chose for us to use brown on ours.

Have some hands-on reading comprehension fun with the Caldecott Medal storybook Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

Next, it is time to make your knitting needles. I used popsicle sticks and painted them black. Once they were dry I used craft glue to attach black pom poms to them on one end to make them look like knitting needles like the ones Annabelle used in the storybook.

Have some hands-on reading comprehension fun with the Caldecott Medal storybook Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett.

Once the glue is dry, wrap your yarn (with questions) into a ball and place it inside your box.

You are now ready to read Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett with your children or students. When you are done you can use your new Caldecott Medal winning storybook Extra Yarn Storybook Craft to test their reading comprehension!

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Don’t forget to also download the FREE Poppins Book Nook bookmarks and monthly printable activities! To do so, please click on the links below to download them:

2015-2016 Monthly Lapbook and Activity Packs:

Core Elements Activity Pack ~ Weather Activity Pack ~ Farm Activity Pack

Would you like to use some of the other fun lapbooks from previous Poppins Book Nook themes? Then please take a look at the fun lapbooks from the past by following these links:

Lapbook Introduction Pack ~ Lapbook March 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook April 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook May 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook June 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook July 2014 ~ Lapbook August 2014 Pack ~ Lapbook September 2014 ~ Lapbook October 2014 ~ Lapbook November 2014 ~ Lapbook January 2014 ~ Lapbook February 2015

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Thank you for taking the time to read about the fun we had with the topic of the Caldecott Medal storybooks.  Here are some other themed story books that your child may enjoy:

Poppins Book Nook

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom3 DinosaursABC Creative LearningAs We Walk Along the RoadBrain Power BoyChestnut Grove AcademyEmbracing DestinyEvery Bed of RosesFarm Fresh AdventuresGrowing in God’s Grace Kathys Cluttered MindMy Bright FireflyPeakle PiePreschool Powol PacketsPray SpeciesSAHM I amStir The WonderSunny Day FamilySweet Silly SaraTeach Beside MeTo the Moon and BackTots and MeTree Valley AcademyWitty Hoots

Bring a Caldecott Honor Book to Life Giveaway

Bring a Caldecott Honor Book to Life Giveaway! Why not have some fun crafting your way through some pretty yarn fun crafts while bringing a Caldecott Honor Book to life this month in the Poppins Book Nook! Every month this group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook or product that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win the Bring a Caldecott Honor Book to Life Giveaway. The winner will enjoy two fun Caldecott Honor Book themed learning items. The two items that they will win is the Extra Yarn storybook by author Mac Barnett and a fun Yarn Craft kit by Alex Toys. So let’s all get to reading to Bring a Caldecott Honor Book to Life this month with the Poppins Book Nook.

Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the PromoSimple terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s found HERE. Just enter the PromoSimple below to win: 

Will you be using the lapbook, bookmarks, or creating storybook activities with your children or students to follow along with the monthly themes here at Poppins Book Nook? Make sure to send me pictures of your children in action and I will share them with the Poppins Book Nook readers on the official Facebook page. Follow Poppins Book Nook on Facebook and Pinterest.

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  • Emma Craig

    Such a fun way to work on reading comprehension! I love how it fits in so well with the story.