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Ollie's Class Trip
A Yes-and-No Book
by Stephanie Calmenson
Abby Carter, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 9 x 10 1/2 | US$ 15.95
ISBN: 9780823434329 | 07-30-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 4 to 6

Themes: Preschool, School, Humor
Recommendations: A, C

CCSS Codes:
L.2.1, 1f, 2, 2a, 2c, 3, 4, 4a, 4c, 4d
RL.2.1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 10
L.2.5, 5a, 5b, 6
SL.2.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-4, 6
RF.2.3, 3d, 3f, 4, 4a, 4c
W.2.1, 3, 5, 8

About the Book

This engaging call-and-response book, a companion to OLLIE'S SCHOOL DAY, challenges readers to help Ollie prepare for a field trip to the aquarium.

It's Ollie's first class trip! Where will his class go? To the moon? NO! Up into a bluebird's nest? NO! To a rainbow they can use as a slide? NO! Will Ollie's class go to the aquarium? YES!

Before Ollie goes on the trip he needs help answering some questions, so he's calling on a trusted friend . . . the reader! Children will love being Ollie's helper as they answer his questionsâ€"some silly, some seriousâ€"while following his class through an exciting, fact-filled day at the always fascinating, fish-filled aquarium.


"This rollicking picture book is highly recommended before a class trip but great fun for reading aloud any old time."â€"Booklist

"Carter's muted watercolors are often humorous, particularly in the creative interpretations of the silly questions, and the large pages make this a great choice for classroom carpet sharing."â€"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Why is OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP considered a "yes-and-no book"? Describe how author Stephanie Calmenson structures the book. How does the style affect the tone of the story? RL.1-2.5

2. Create a main idea and detail chart of OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP. Summarize the story. RL.1-2.1, 2, 3 / W.1-2.3, 8

3. How do the illustrations enhance meaning and tone? Find an illustration from OLLIE'S CLASS TRIP that made you laugh. Explain why it is humorous. RL.1-2.4 / SL.1-2.1, 4

4. What is the author's purpose for writing this book? Discuss. (There may be more than one.) Write about a part of the story that you personally connected with, made you laugh or taught you something. SL.1-2.1, 4 / W.1-2.3, 8

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