The Toy Story movies brought toys to life and opened the door for toys coming to life in literature. Doll People come to to life to solve a mystery, and those in Toys Go Out dig deep into characterization as three toys come to life and examine the meaning of their own lives. Don't miss these precious books with Kids Wings activities!
TOYS GO OUT by Emily Jenkins IS PAIRED with THE DOLL PEOPLE by Ann M. Martin and Laura Godwin to bring toys, skills, and laughter to life in your classroom!
TOYS GO OUT is a funny story and character study! The story:
I KNOW I put my football on my desk before school. When I got home, it was GONE! Where did it go?
How did my teddy bear get under my dresser? It was on my bed when I went to sleep.
My roller skates are gone! I know I put them on the shelf in the garage after I played yesterday, but they aren't there now!
What could have happened to my toys? They couldn't just WALK away....or could they?
Have you have ever suspected that your toys have lives of their own when you aren't looking? You just might be right! Toys Go Out just may prove it!
In Toys Go Out, you will meet a stuffed buffalo named Lumphy, his plush friend named StingRay, and Plastic who isn't sure what she is. When the Little Girl isn't looking, the toys are running around the room, getting into mischief and worrying a lot. (All smart toys worry about whether you will get tired of them and throw them away, you know.) StingRay worries that maybe she can't float like a real stingray. Lumphy worries about the evil washing machine. And poor Plastic better worry when she comes fact to face with a possible shark! Fortunately, Tuk Tuk is around to help some of the time...when he's not folded up in the towel closet.
The next time you find one of your books open on your bed when you are sure YOU didn't put it there, you'll probably see little footprints that match your stuffed porcupine. The next time your washing machine sounds a little like it's singing through is cycle, you'll listen a little closer to try to hear his words. Did that clothes hanger move just now? Is it my baseball's birthday? Toys Go Out will definitely fill your heads with unique questions!
No matter how old you are, you will LOVE these adorable toys, their warped view of how the world works, and the problems they manage to get themselves into. When it's all over, you'll be cheering for Emily Jenkins to write the sequel and Paul O. Zelinsky to illustrate it!
Toys Go Out is the story of toys that come to life, their friendship, their determination to understand the world, and an unusual wisdom that ties them together. It is better than a sequel to Toy Story! Emily Jenkins creates distinct voices for each of the toys as well as Tuk Tuk the towel, Sheep, and Frank the washing machine. It's a bed time story you will never get too old to hear!
The Kids' Wings lesson plans and activities for Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins was designed to be used by teachers who understand the value of authentic literature as the model, inspiration, and motivation for mastery learning.
Preview the Toys Go Out Song: http://suzyred.com/toyssong.html
The Activities for TOYS GO OUT were written by master teacher Suzy Red provide a broad, brain-friendly, curricular approach that will provide mastery learning that is fun. The activities include:
Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Sequel: A 3-page Readers Theater Script: A New Toy (Use after reading Toys Go Out)
What Scares You?
Find the Compound Words
Find Feeling Words and Phrases
The Kids Go Out Song for writing new verses to summarize chapters
(song files are included)
Project the Song Verses
6 Chapter Vocabulary, Predict-Read-Confirm Questions, and Activity Pages
Multiple Choice and Short Answer Comprehension Pages by Chapters
Games to Play
Toys on the Book Shelf, A Logic Puzzle
Transforming Truths, How the Characters Helped Each Other Grow in Character
Unscrambling Truths about Transformers
THE DOLL PEOPLE, a mystery
Annabelle Doll has lived with her family in the same doll house for over a hundred years. Though her little human girls grow up and have their own children, one day is much like the other until the day she discovers her missing Auntie Doll’s mysterious journal about the same time a new doll family moves in. Will Annabelle Doll leave the safety of her dollhouse to solve the forty-year-old mystery?
The Doll People and Toys Go Out are now paired up in Kids Wings literature guides! The girls in your class will clamor for these two toys-come-to-life romps that have toys going from solving a mystery to becoming a mystery. The Kids Wings Literature Guides extend the fun and motivate kids to master skills that are inherent in these fun, beautifully written stories.
Toys Go Out is a great character study, even for middle and upper graders who are often inspired to write their own stories about animated characters.
Suzy Red's Activities in THE DOLL PEOPLE comes to you in both PowerPoint and PDF formats for easy projection and printing. The activities include:
Partner Reading and Double Partner Reading
Traffic Signs in Reading
Toy Survey and Projects
Tracing Family Roots
Words That Paint Pictures
Similarities and Differences
Steps in Problem Solving
Challenges and Choices
The Science of Spiders
Spider Research Projects
Annabelle’s Math and Research
Predict / Read / Confirm Chapter Questions
Discussion / Writing Prompts
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