Book Talk Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! I am linking up today with the amazing Deanna Jump for her "Book Talk Tuesday Linky".
I am going to share one of my all time favorite books with you!! I use this book to teach inferencing with my class. I used this lesson during one of my classroom visits for a college class, while I was student teaching and also the past two school years. I am telling you... it is one of my favorite books ever!!
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Run to your library and find this book. You will seriously not regret it! Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and other things not to do) is written by Judi Barrett {author of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs}. The illustrations in this book are fabulous. I wish I had pictures of how I teach this lesson, but sadly... I don't! Next year... I promise! So here is the rundown for how I use this book in my classroom.

Wrap the book with brown paper so students cannot see the cover or the illustrations. {Don't worry... they will see them in the end.} Then tape up 11 large pieces of chart paper around your classroom. Students will be putting post-it notes on the chart paper, so make sure they are stuck up well! Number your chart paper 1-11.

Then, read page by page to students. Have them make an INFERENCE on why they shouldn't do what the author is saying or what would happen if they did. Students should record their inference on a post-it and stick it up onto the correlating poster. It is fun to read a few of their inferences before moving on to the next page.

Continue through the book until students have completed all 11 inferences. Make sure they don't see the book at all while you are reading it!! :) That will ruin the fun when you read it at the end! Once students have recorded their inferences and posted them on the chart paper... gather them around you. They will want to be nice and close so they can see the pictures.

Take off the brown paper and start reading the book. Pausing a long while before moving on to the next page. :) There are a few that you might have to give a little info for students to understand.

I am telling you... this is one of my favorite books. This is one of my favorite lessons of all time! I am thinking the reason I don't have any pictures is because I am too busying enjoying the lesson! The inferences some of your students make will be a little off the wall! When you have finished reading the book, have students write a "Never" sentence and draw an illustration. This is the perfect lesson to refer back to every time you are discussing inferencing with your class! What books do you use to teach inferencing?


  1. What a FUN inferencing lesson!! Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Oh my word! I have never read this book, but now I HAVE to find it! :D