To be honest, when I signed up for this link-up I had no idea what book I was going to choose. I couldn't think of a single fall themed book that truly excited me that hasn't been covered in previous link-ups. I drove to my local Barnes & Noble here in Ann Arbor, Michigan to take a look around.
As soon as I walked into the children's section, I saw the most beautiful book on display, Wonderfall by Michael Hall.
I grabbed a copy and stared reading. Immediately I was intrigued with how each page contained a title (single word) that substituted the suffix -ful with -fall. Wonderfall, Peacefall, Dutifall, Plentifall, Beautifall.....
The short poems that make up each page tell a story about a single tree that starts to prepare for the winter and the things it observes along the way. As I read each page, I was able to hear, see and feel the simplicities that fall offers each year. Michael's use of onomatopoeia to describe fall happenings is remarkable and is reason why this would make a fabulous mentor text. I don't want to give away the ending but it surely is adorable!
As I was standing in line to purchase this book, I turned to the back to read the author's bio. To my surprise the bio talked about Michael Hall growing up in Ann Arbor Michigan (where I just moved in June) and the things he enjoyed about the fall season in the beautiful state. It was meant to be...
Here is how I will use this text to teach the figurative language component of onomatopoeia.
The main page of this slide contains images of migration, hibernation and dormancy that have clickable links that take the students to the vocabulary slides. The slides that are linked in are blank templates for students to fill in information about each type of behavioral adaptation as well as images/videos to match. BUT WAIT...they must start their description with an example of onomatopoeia that would go with the topic. Here is an example of a finished presentation:
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