|These are just some of the books I have in the series. There are tons of them! You'll have to pick which ones are most practical for the skills you are trying to teach.|
When first reading the books, I ask some of the following questions:
Is Amelia Bedelia following directions? Why or why not?
What else could she do when given that direction?
Does that make sense?
What would you do?
Is that funny?
Why is that funny?
Does that seem like something you should do?
Can you think of something that would make more sense?
After we've already done one book, I have students keep track of the words/phrases that Amelia Bedelia is getting wrong. Depending on the level, my students keep their own list or we keep a list as a group. Because many of the books were written years and years ago, I will chose some of the words to focus on for practice based on current use of words and practicality in their lives.
I have found that individual books in the series focus more on idioms and others on multiple meaning words.
The original Amelia Bedelia focuses more on multiple meaning words.
The book, Amelia Bedelia Bakes off has a lot baking related idioms, along with some multiple meaning words.
I do the Amelia Bedelia books with my 4th through 6th graders this year. The reading level makes it easy to access for even my struggling readers. There are even lower levels than the traditional books that have been written more recently. These feature Amelia Bedelia as a kid. I'm planning on doing these with one of my students who is going into 3rd grade next year.
Do you use these books in therapy? What do you do?