It can be difficult to find an engaging read aloud that can also be used to teach a wide range of skills. This week we are spotting Owl Babies by Martin Waddell. We love this book not only because of the sweet storyline, but because it lends itself to instruction of so many important skills, especially reading skills. Additionally, a fantasy book like Owl Babies can be paired with nonfiction books on Owls to create a unit and further extend students’ learning. The possibilities are endless with this book. - Jodi and the Starts With a Story Team
One night, three baby owls, Percy, Sarah, and Bill wake up to find their mother is not there. Feeling nervous at first, the baby owls decide their mother must be out hunting. However, the longer they wait the more scared they feel. The three owl babies wait outside their home on a branch looking for their mother. It is dark in the woods and the owls sit together trying to be brave. Finally, Owl Mother swoops down and comes home to her babies. They are relieved to have her home. Students will love this sweet story about the three baby owls.
Owl Babies lends itself to instruction across all subject areas. The book allows students to use their prior knowledge of owls to infer and make connections while also gaining experience working with new strategies. Use this read aloud to incorporate grammar and writing lessons as well as the importance of empathy.
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