Share the Laughs in the Classroom: Teachers’ Notes from The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

Share the Laughs in the Classroom: Teachers’ Notes from The Rock from the Sky by Jon Klassen

TEACHERS’ NOTES
THE ROCK FROM THE SKY BY JON KLASSEN

These notes have been written by the teachers at the CLPE to provide schools with ideas to
develop comprehension and cross-curricular activities around this text at school or in the home
environment. They build on our work supporting teachers to use picture books to enhance
critical thinking and develop creative approaches in art and writing. They encourage a deep
reading of and reflection on the text, which may happen over a series of reading sessions,
rather than in just one sitting. We hope you find them useful.
These notes have been written with children aged 5-9 in mind. However, this is a sophisticated
picture book which has scope for it to be interpreted in different ways with pupils of different
ages. It is important that you use your knowledge of the children you are working with to select
questions and activities from those suggested that are most appropriate and that best suit their
age and emotional maturity.

INTRODUCING THE TEXT:
  • Share the front cover of the book with the children, and encourage them to focus on
    the illustration of the characters, before revealing the title. Who or what are these
    characters? What do you think you know about them? What might have brought them
    together? What do you think they might be thinking about at this point? You could
    encourage the children to write some of these ideas in thought bubbles around a copy
    of the illustration. Come back to think about the story that might lie inside of this book.
    What do you think might happen in their story? What makes you think this?
  • Now reveal the title of the text, The Rock from the Sky. Look at the placing of the title
    on the front cover and the dark font used for the title. What are you thinking about now
    the title has been revealed? What are you feeling or thinking now about the story that
    could lie ahead? What is making you think or feel these things? What do you see in your
    mind as you think about the title The Rock from the Sky? How do you feel about the two
    characters now? You could give mixed pairs or groups of children a copy of the front
    cover to record their thoughts and ideas, or collect and scribe the thoughts of the whole
    group around an enlarged copy of the cover.

Continue reading the teachers’ notes here…

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Publisher details

The Rock from the Sky
Author
Jon Klassen
Publisher
Walker Books
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
21 April, 2021

Synopsis

Look up! From the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the Hat trilogy comes a new deadpan gem. Turtle really likes standing in his favourite spot. He likes it so much that he asks his friend Armadillo to come over and stand in it, too. But now that Armadillo is standing in that spot, he has a bad feeling about it... A hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere, but you just can’t put your finger on it. Merging broad visual suspense with wry wit and existential silliness, celebrated picture-book creator Jon Klassen gives us a wholly original comedy for the ages
Jon Klassen
About the author

Jon Klassen

Jon Klassen is the writer and illustrator of the bestselling and award-winning picture book I Want My Hat Back. He is also the creator of illustrations for the popular series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, and served as an illustrator on the animated feature film Coraline. His illustrations for Caroline Stutson's Cats Night Out won the Governor General's Award in 2010. Originally from Niagara Falls, Canada, he lives in Los Angeles, USA. 

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