Friday, September 7, 2012

Giveaway: Do You Know Where the Bus Driver Will Go?

This post is dedicated to my dad.... who after spending more than 30 years in the corporate world became a a school bus driver. Thank you dad for all you do for me. I love you!
My dad... along with a few of his grandchildren. 

I recently learned about Sandy Shaw, a kindergarten teacher in Pennsylvania, and her new book Do You Know Where the Bus Driver Will Go? When I read this book for the first time I fell in love with it. The book is not too wordy so it is perfect for young children and I could just visualize my kids laughing at all of the things the bus driver might do after he dropped the kids off at school. I immediately thought of extending the story through shared and creative writing or with a class book. This book is perfect for a unit on careers or community helpers or for a back to school study of the people that help us at school. And of course the book caught my attention because it reminded me of my dad.

In the book, the little boy thinks of all of these things he thinks the bus driver might do including going to the White House and serving dinner to the President, going to the county fair and winning a blue ribbon for the best pig, surfing the biggest wave in Hawaii, and performing at a rock concert with his cool rock band. These are just a few of his thoughts. The others are just as funny. 

I read the book to my students this morning and they loved it. Since it is so early in the year for us we brainstormed a list together of other things the bus driver could do after he dropped the students at school. We also made a bus craft instead of illustrating our ideas. If it had been later in the school year or my students were older I would have had them do their own writing and drawings and created a class book. Another extension would be to take another community or school helper and brainstorm what he/she does when they get off of work. For example: What does the principal do when he/she sends the last student home at the end of the day? 

Here is the list we made. (I still need to finish putting up the rest of the buses and the signs that tell what we read and what we did.) My favorite idea is that he goes to a baseball game and scores a home run. This chart generated a fun discussion about what my dad does when he gets done dropping off the kids on his bus.  That is where fixes stuff, does the dishes, mows the yard, and goes fishing came from. The bus craft came from the TLC Lessons Prekindergarten Book (September-December)

On top of the great fun my class and I had with this book, I am excited to share that Sandy gave me 3 copies to give away!!!

To enter to win the giveaway:
1) Follow Chalk Talk
2) Leave a comment about the book or a way you could use it with your students. 
3) Pin this idea on Pinterest

You can leave a separate comment for each requirement. Don't forget to leave your email. Three winners will be chosen through a random drawing. The giveaway ends Sunday September 16, 2012 at midnight.

The book is currently for sale through Xlibris and will soon be available through Amazon. 

44 comments:

Jennifer Reck said...

I would love to have a copy of this book! My dad was such a powerful influence in my life. I wish I still had him. Enjoy every moment you have with him! I would like to have the students write a book about what I (their teacher) does after school.
I follow you and I pinned this!!
Jenny
Owl Things First

Rachel said...

What a great book! I would use it during Community Workers or School Bus Safety Week.

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Rachel said...

I follow your blog!

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Marti Messner Family said...

What a fun book. I hope she writes other books about other people who help at schools. Cmessner@myuw.net

Jenny G. said...

I am a follower! I would love to use this book during our PBIS kickoff week- one of our focus days is bus safety.
pjbs@charter.net

Rhonda said...

I have been a follower of your blog for a long time and I have pinned this idea on Pinterest.
Great book to read when talking about how children come to school or for community helpers.
I am going to check out the book now. Thanks for all your great ideas.
Rhonda
Classroom Fun

kmarsh said...

So cute! I read a book called My Teacher Sleeps at School. It has a similar theme. I would love to read this to my 2nd graders. Thanks!!
Kristan
kmarsh@spenceportschools.org

Mrs. Corino said...

That book sounds really cute! I don't have any school bus books in my classroom and would love to win it! Just pinned it too ;)

dcorino@wdeptford.k12.nj.us

Jennie said...

We have bus safety next week and this would be a great follow up activity. We have 20 buses at our school so lots of students ride the bus!

Karen said...

We have Buster the bus coming to teach us about bus safety. I also showed the PETE the CAT youtube video of the WHEELS ON THE BUS- my kindergarteners loved it!
karen.strawser@sbcglobal.net

Anonymous said...

This book is fabulous ! I have already purchased three copies and I'm sure I will be purchasing more in the future! I have the pleasure of teaching in the same elementary school as the author of this book Mrs Sandy Shaw & she is doing amazing things in Kindergarten every day! Her expertise in the field, her son Alex (main character), her knowledge of kids interests in stories & ability to integrate literature into every subject area have led to a fabulous book for teachers to use in their classroom. The follow-up lesson possibilities are endless. Good luck to all of you who enter to win!!! You and your students will love this story!

Mrs. McHaffie said...

I love this book and the super cute reader's response activity!!!!

Too cute!
Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal

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Mrs. McHaffie said...

I follow your blog!

Kelly
Beg, Borrow, Steal

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Mrs. Brown said...

I follow your blog!

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Mrs. Brown said...

This book would be great to share before our first field trip. Many of my kids are car riders so they have never ridden a bus before!

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Mrs. M said...

This book sounds so cute. It seems like there would be a lot of extension activities I could do w/ my 1st grade basic skills students. Thanks for sharing.

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Mrs. M said...

I pinned this idea!

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Jill R said...

Love this idea...will be using it next year before our first bus ride field trip!

Jill R said...

opps forgot to leave my email.. I was too excited pinning! :)

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Anonymous said...

I follow Chalk Talk. cecussen@yahoo.com

Katie P. said...

I pinned it on my Classroom board!

Katie
katiereeder@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'd use it as a creative writing prompt. cecussen@yahoo.com

Katie P. said...

I would love to read this book to my class! It would be fun to visualize all the places that the bus driver goes!

Katie
katiereeder@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I pinned it to my writing and story board. cecussen@yahoo.com

Jenerator said...

What a cute book! I follow your blog.

Jen
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Jenerator said...

I would read this book at the end of kindergarten (my class is dropped off/picked up by parents) to help introduce them to the bus at the beginning of First Grade.

Jen
jeneratorj@gmail.com

Jean Brazil said...

This book looks really fun. I follow your blog and pinned this.

Lori said...

I follow your blog.
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Lori said...

I would like to use this book when we do our annual bus driver appreciation day.
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Diane Decker said...

I would a copy of this cute book. I would read it when we do our bus safety week and/or during community helpers. I love the art work too. I would have a bus driver come in and talk about what they really do. Read the book, My Principal lives next door - so many ideas to do.
Ask and have them write - what they would do.

Nancy said...

My father-in-law passed away last April. He had been a school bus driver for many years, and I loved the times we spent comparing "horror" stories! This would be a great book to share with my class to develop some thinking "outside of the box".
Nancyt1@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I follow your blog and love your ideas.
Megan
mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

Anonymous said...

The book sounds cute. My dad never drove a bus but he worked at the bluebird plant so when I was little we would go on the weekends and go into the buses before they were even completely put together. They are fun memories. During American Education Week when we talk about our bus drivers would be a great time to use this.

Megan
mhorman@north-cedar.k12.ia.us

Kinderkids said...

I follow your blog. I would love to use this book in conjunction with Bus Driver Appreciation Week by inviting one of our wonderfulbus drivers in to read the book to my students and talking about what he does during the day. Thank you for sponsoring this.

Yvonnee said...

I follow your blog by email.
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KinderIrick said...

This book would be great to read after our first field trip when my kinders take the bus for the first time. I love the idea of extending it to the other people in the school- like the principal, custodian, librarian, etc.

KinderIrick said...

I follow your blog too! Love it!

Adventure Leader said...

I follow your blog
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Adventure Leader said...

Our first reading series book of the year is the little school bus, so this would go right along with it
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"The Kids Place" Home Daycare and Preschool said...

This looks like a great book. Thanks for the give away!
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Barbara Anne said...

I love following your blog! mattandba@gmail.com

Barbara Anne said...

During our community helpers unit, we read lots of books about kids and people riding on busses so this would be a great book from a different perspective! mattandba@gmail.com

Ryanne said...

I follow your blog and pinned this idea to pintrest. It would definitely be a great back to school/beginning of the year craftivity and shared writing/writing activity :)

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Crazy for Kindergarten said...

What a great book, I love the illustrations. I follow your blog and have pinned this. Thank you, Liz :)