Reading “The Popcorn Book” by Tomie dePaola and more popcorn action

The bloggers of the Virtual Book Club are celebrating the works of Tomie dePaola this month and so my class has been reading a few of his books including our most recently read book titled, “The Popcorn Book”….

“The Popcorn Book” by Tomie dePaola has two stories going on at one time.  One story is about two children going through the process of making a bowl of popcorn and the second story is about the history of popcorn….

I focused more on reading the story of the two children making popcorn and as we read along, we stopped along the way to take a picture walk on the history of popcorn…

Popcorn is such a wonderful resource to read about and explore in the classroom.  To extend our reading of “The Popcorn Book,”  we had popcorn for snack and we filled our sensory table with popped popcorn as well. We had lots of popped popcorn – just like the children in the story did…

Some of my students used the measuring cups and bowls to scoop and pour popcorn and many of my students also chose to  create their own popcorn sensory bottle to take home with them…

In addition to exploring popped popcorn, my students also explored unpopped popcorn…

At the discovery table, my student enjoyed exploring and picking off the kernels of corn from the corn cobs we set out…

Trying to get the corn to come off the cob took some figuring out for the children. They tried scissors and tweezers and their fingers and finally decided that the best way to get the corn seeds off the corncob was to start by breaking the cob in half…

Once the corn cobs were broken in half, the corn seeds were much easier to pluck off the cobs….

And as a fun addition to the reading of “The Popcorn Book” by Tomie dePaola, we also learned a little popcorn fingerplay which goes like this…

Five little popcorns sitting in a pot

One got hot and it went POP!

As the children count down from five to zero, they all jump up on the word “Pop!”

We end with…

No more popcorn sitting in the pot

They all got hot and they all went “POP!”

So this was our fun day of exploring “The Popcorn Book” and real popcorn in our outdoor classroom centers. Don’t go away – see the linky at the end of this post for more great Tomie dePaola books and activities!

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Up and coming authors that will be shared in the Virtual Book Club include the following…

  • November 19th- Tomie de Paola
  • December 17th- Jan Brett
  • January 21st-David McPhail
  • February 18th-Dr. Seuss
  • March 18th-Julia Donaldson
  • April 15th-David Shannon
  • May 20th-Leo Lionni
  • June 17th-Gail Gibbons
  • July 15th- Jez Alborough
  • August 19th-Donald Crews


To see more ideas from the other participating Virtual Book Club just check out the linky below! Remember, if you are viewing this post by email or in a RSS Reader, you may need to click on the title of this post to view the linky from the blog post…

Participating Bloggers

Toddler ApprovedMom to 2 Posh Lil DivasRainy Day MumReading ConfettiInspiration LaboratoriesPlay Dr. MomMommy and Me Book ClubKitchen Counter ChroniclesTwo Big Two LittleCreative Connections for KidsThe Golden GleamJuggling with KidsTaming the GoblinCrafty Moms ShareReady Set Read 2 MeFamiglia and SeoulThe Good Long RoadThe Educator’s Spin On ItImagination Soup3 DinosaursRoyal BalooBeing A ConsciousParentNo Twiddle TwaddleCrayon FrecklesThe Pleasantest ThingAdventures in Reading with KidsSmile, Play, LearnCreekside LearningOur Feminist Playschool, and Teach Preschool!

Tomie dePaola Virtual Book Club Linky

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  1. Link up only posts inspired by Tomie dePaola that share children’s book inspired crafts, activities, recipes, etc. Any other posts will be deleted.
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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

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With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

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