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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 questions—some silly, some serious—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."—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."—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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Lesson plan aligned with Common Core State Standards