Students will "identify and sort common words into conceptual categories (opposites, living things)." —Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework
- Do Not Open This Book! by Michaela Muntean
- Assortment of empty cardboard boxes
- Colored markers
- Large index cards
Set Up and Prepare
- Read through the book on your own, paying particular attention to the labeled boxes of words. Some of these boxes include objects, verbs, animals, nouns, and dangerous words. Be sure to point out the boxes of words to students when you read the book together.
- Decide which labels you want to use on your boxes. Use the index cards and tape to label the boxes accordingly.
Step 1: Read Do Not Open This Book! together as a class or in reading groups.
Step 2: Have students use index cards and colored markers to create words that will be sorted into the labeled boxes. Encourage students to really savor the words, taking time to be artistic in their handwriting.
Note: If you are not providing a list of words, or using the words in the book, be sure to have dictionaries on hand or access to Dictionary.com.
Step 3: Once all the words have been created, spread the cards out so they can all easily be seen. Have students take turns placing them in the correct boxes.
Supporting All Learners
Once students are familar with this activity, make it available as a center.
- Have students sort the words before labeling the boxes.
- Use art materials like pipe cleaners, puffy paint, yarn, and glitter to create the words.
Visit illustrator Pascal Lemaitre's website.