This morning my son was excited to find a brand new waffle box ready for him to use his creativity. He eagerly grabbed the box, cut a rectangle out of one side, took his little cars and drove them inside. It’s a garage, he yelled! I thought to myself, you are right….It’s not a box! So, today I have some fun ideas and activities for the book Not a box. This is a great book to help teach the letter B, or the word family ox ending, or… just a fun lesson in creativity! Today I have some Not a Box Lesson Plan and Activities for you.
Not a Box Lesson Plan and Activities
Today we are learning the letter B …(or the ox word family)… Or, we are just going to have some good creative fun! Today we will do some Not a Box Activities!
- Make a list of things you can make with a box! Lists are good things to make because they are a precursor to writing sentences.
- Discuss real vs. Fantasy – It this story real? Can we help it to be real? Do we use our imagination when we create our own ideas out of a box? Does bunny know that the not a box is really a real box? Do you know the not a box is really a real box?
- Have fun making things with the box! Students can work together to create imaginary things out of the box
- Make the Not a Box Activity book (free download below). Draw all the different ideas of what a box could become…or what a box did become when you transformed all the boxes!
- Make things with a box!! Go to a grocery store or “big box” store and ask for boxes if you need help finding boxes. A lot of times they will give you boxes free of charge that you can use to explore and create. One time I went to “Best Buy” and was able to pick up a HUGE washer box. The kids had so much fun!
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.