Then students read City Green by DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan. With this book, students read a few pages at a time independently in a whisper read as I went around and listened. At this time, I assisted students with any word problem-solving. Students also created a chart similar to the anchor chart in the "Strategies" section of their reader's notebooks. As they read, they recorded their predictions, evidence for the prediction, and what really happened. When I listened to each student read, I also reviewed their prediction chart with them.
Both of these books center around young children achieving great things. The students could relate to the characters and really enjoyed the stories. I always love reading The Art Lesson with children because it reminds us that sometimes we get too wrapped up in rules at school and forget about how a "one size all" approach does not work for all children. If Tomie dePaola's teachers had never given him the chance to explore his own creativity, we might not have the many wonderful books we do today. Just an important message to remember!